The Project envisages a biodiverse forest in which over a 20 year lifecycle trees grow, capture carbon in the atmosphere and mitigate climate change.
A proposed irrigation system will employ carbon-neutral water desalination technology along with accelerated solar power methods.
This approach ensures that the irrigation will not harm aquifers or deplete other precious water sources.
Through these sustainable practices, the project seeks to foster environmental preservation while delivering lasting benefits for generations to come.
A key challenge to successful long term afforestation projects has been misrepresentation by developers and local government of what is occurring on the ground – this was in particular a problem in Brazil.
To counter the problem, the Project envisages the use of state-of-the art technology that will permit independent monitoring of the forest growth by means of satellite.
Afforestation risk can be understood, mitigated, responded to and analysed in real time, resulting in cost efficiencies and real time evidence provided to the carbon credit purchasers.
Water for the irrigation of the project will be provided by means of desalinated water piped from the Atlantic Ocean to the afforestation area.
The power for the desalination will – subject to “proof of concept” testing – be delivered by means of accelerated solar power. The brine and other residue will be the subject of a recycling project.
Direct revenue for local communities in Nigeria from future sales of carbon credits.
Jobs for local communities.