New Leaf Africa (NLA) has earned “Local Informed Consent” from the African government, landowners and tribal chiefs for the implementation of forest preservation, water filtration and cook stove projects in the Boula Forrest region, Republic of Guinea.
This consent encompasses multiple projects created to counter deforestation and improve the health and living conditions of its residents. These initiatives work simultaneously to reduce the need for the firewood, which is harvested quite extensively for daily activities such as cooking meals and boiling water for the purification of drinking water.
The importance of using these cook stoves and filtration programs to replace the status quo with a viable solution is a critical step forward. The NLA programs reduce the need for wood burning fires, which in turn eliminates the over-harvesting from forests, where natural resources are running dangerously low.
Gaining the support and consent of the local government, land occupiers and tribal chiefs is no small feat in this arena. It’s a profound statement of their desire for collaboration toward practical development solutions to improve conditions locally.
“This is a big accomplishment for New Leaf Africa,” said Michael Keister, Key Advisor for NLA. “Many of the companies in this industry have experienced some difficulties getting the local consent. We have been consistent and focused in our efforts to establish successful and scalable projects, so we are proud of this achievement and are looking forward to the advancements our projects will bring.”
Government and tribal support is essential to the success of the programs, and one must take great measures to include all parties in the negotiations to help shape the project. This consent also places NLA in contention with corporations and NGOs seeking the right opportunity for a carbon offset investment.
“These communities want the opportunity for improvement and subsequently become a catalyst for environmental change globally,” said Keister. “From here it’s all about changing the status quo and creating a new normal. It’s a win-win situation for everybody involved: the program recipients and the carbon credit investors.”
Such conservation efforts result in a sustainable environment for generations to come and a reliable, global source for carbon offset investments.
“This is also a great news for our investors,” added Keister. “People want to feel good about their choices when working with carbon offset initiatives. Our programs create an appropriate offset opportunity while also supporting a community in need of development. Investors feel good about its validity and its likelihood to succeed knowing it is supported not only by the government, but also the local community.”