Man, Cote d’Ivoire, Sunday, November 27, 2022: Within the framework of the implementation of the compensatory reforestation program under the CLSG Interconnection Project in Côte d’Ivoire, the Management of TRANSCO CLSG will officially turn over 31 hectares of reforestation plantation to the government of Côte d’Ivoire in Koua in the Facobly sub-prefecture on Monday, November 28, 2022.
According to the Reference Database studies of the Environmental Components of the project area as carried out in Côte d’Ivoire during the construction phase of the 117 km CLSG Interconnection line in the Tonkpi region (Departments of Man and Danane) an area of 19 hectares of forests was impacted in the corridor.
As a replacement for the area of forest destroyed, TRANSCO CLSG signed in 2017 a Memorandum of Understanding with the Forest Development Society (SODEFOR) of Côte d’Ivoire for the implementation of a reforestation program of 31 Hectares of Teak. This is in accordance with national regulations and Donors’ standards for the protection of the ecosystem.
Similar reforestation activities were undertaken in Liberia (134 acres), Sierra Leone (194 acres), and Guinea (86 acres) respectively. The total hectare restored across the CLSG countries is 445 hectares. The purpose of reforestation is to mitigate the negative impact of the CLSG project on the environment.
Meanwhile, following a successful review of the activity by SODEFOR (98% success rate), TRANSCO CLSG will now hand over the plantation implemented under the ESMP of the CLSG project to SODEFOR.
“We did our best to comply with our Donors’ guidelines and to meet as much as possible the legitimate expectations of the countries,” says the General Manager of TRANSCO CLSG, Mr. Mohammed M. SHERIF.
“The program has been an exceptional success story of the reforestation program,” says the General Manager of SODEFOR Mr. Mamadou SANGARE
Mr. Etienne BAILLY, TRANSCO CLSG Director of Project Implementation will co-chair with the General Manager of SODEFOR to hand over the plantation in the classified forest of Kouin in Facobly, near Man city.
SODEFOR is responsible for the protection of the forest of Côte d’Ivoire. Its mission is to participate in developing and implementing government policy to enrich the national forest heritage, develop forest production, promote products, and safeguard forest areas.