Redd+ commits to helping Togo boost its forest cover

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Wednesday, 15 August 2018 12:07
Redd+ commits to helping Togo boost its forest cover

(Togo First) - REDD+ stands for Reduction of Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation. This program rewards developing countries that adopt measures to increase their forest cover in order to help these nations increase their carbon-storing capacity and better fight global warming.

On August 13, 2018 in Lomé, under the supervision of the ministry of environment and forest resources, REDD+ coordination officially initiated two analyses that ultimately aim to boost forest cover in Togo.

The first of these two studies will assess Togo’s vegetal biomass so as to estimate the country’s carbon-storing capacity. 

The second study should collect key data related to Togo’s forest cover over the 1975-1982 period. This will help establish reference line to boost forest cover.

Over the years, forest areas has ceased not to dwindle. From 449,000 ha in 1970, it slumped to 287,000 ha in 1980 then 140,000 ha in 1990. According to results of the first forest inventory carried out between 2015 and 2016, Togo’s forest area stands at 24.24%.  

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