Guinea Bissau Blue Carbon project entitled "Community-Based Avoided Deforestation in Guinea-Bissau (CBADP)", started in 2011 in two protected mangrove areas in the regions of Cacheu and Cantanhez.
Guinea Bissau is the second largest mangrove site in West Africa, with Mangroves covering 338,652 ha or nearly 10% of the territory of the country Guinea Bissau is also one of the most exposed countries in the world to impacts of climate change.
These mangrove ecosystems are critically important for biodiversity and provide economic and food-security benefits for the well-being of the communities of the two regions.
- CACHEU: 88,615 hectares,
- CANTANHEZ: 105,767 hectares.
Maintaining and/or enriching the ecosystems, controlling the pressures and mitigating/avoiding the effects of climate change on people are the main challenges that the Institute of Biodiversity and Protected Areas-Dr. Aflredo Simao da Silva and the local communities have been facing for years.
To this end, the BioGuinea Foundation (FBG) supports the project stakeholders to take advantage of the REDD+ mechanism (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation), to generate a financial resource that is predictable and plannable over time.
2020 is a key year in that the first verified carbon units will be sold on the international voluntary carbon market. The year 2020 marks quantity at disposal: 335.000 tCO2e.
The REDD project, titled Community Based Avoided Deforestation Project in Guinea-Bissau (CBADP), was set-up and developed in the Cacheu and Cantanhez protected areas in the period 2011-2015 and audited according to the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS). The Project Area (PA) and the corresponding Leakage Belt (LK) were defined following the requirements of the VCS methodology REDD Modules Framework (VM0007) allowing the detection of potential leakage and ensuring that any residual leakage is captured by monitoring activities (Project Document PD). Furthermore, as required by the same methodology, a Reference Region for Projecting the Rate of Deforestation (RRD) was also defined. This area is used to derive information about regional rates and spatial patterns of deforestation and for projecting the effects of such rates into the future.
The phases of the entire CBADP emission reductions project are shown in the figure below and identifies the phase currently under development (phases VI). An independent verification audit was completed in 2019. For more technical information, see this link.