OPEN and SEEED’s Innovative Partnership: Advancing Carbon Sequestration Monitoring in Liberia’s Rainforests
Liberia’s Rainforests: A Beacon of Hope for Biodiversity and Climate Action
Liberia’s rainforests are more than just a swath of green; they account for over half of the remaining rainforests in West Africa, serving as a pivotal carbon sink and a haven for biodiversity. Despite efforts to protect these vital ecosystems, 2021 saw the loss of 100,000 hectares of forest, highlighting the urgent need for action.
Innovative Solutions from OPEN
The One Planet Education Network (OPEN) is at the forefront of combating this issue, utilizing Seeed Studio sensors to meticulously measure the CO2 sequestration capabilities of Liberia’s rainforests. This approach isn’t limited to Liberia; similar initiatives are making waves at smallholder farms in West Kenya, Jamaica, Hawaii, and within the forests of Nigeria and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).
Collaborative Efforts for a Greener Future
Our commitment in Liberia is bolstered by a partnership with the Forestry Training Institute (FTI), a premier institution dedicated to the education and training of forestry management professionals. Together, we’re deploying LoRaWAN sensors throughout Liberia’s rainforests, leveraging the Helium network to transmit valuable data for analysis.
This project also enjoys the collaboration with the University of Maryland’s Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Science, under the leadership of Professor Ning Zeng and coordination by Senior BS Megan Brown. Their team’s role is crucial, as they receive, test, and analyze data sets from the forests, providing essential insights into carbon sequestration efforts.
Aiming for Impactful Outcomes
Our endeavors aim to furnish concrete evidence for carbon finance organizations, supporting global efforts to offset emissions and foster sustainability in climate-vulnerable regions. Furthermore, the insights gained through the University of Maryland’s research will guide future regenerative agriculture and reforestation projects in Liberia and beyond.
As we await more data from this groundbreaking project, our optimism for a sustainable future for Liberia and the global community only grows stronger.
To dive deeper into the transformative work being done and the collaborative efforts paving the way for a sustainable future, we invite you to read the full SEEED case study.