Sustainable Landscapes (SL) Opportunities Analysis for West Africa: Biophysical Potential
This West Africa assessment completes the first steps of a Sustainable Landscape Opportunities Analysis – identifying mitigation opportunities and assessing their biophysical potential – for 15 countries in West Africa: the 14 continental members of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) plus Cameroon.
In West Africa, the activities that have the greatest biophysical potential are (1) avoided forest conversion, (2) increasing tree coverage on agricultural lands, (3) reforestation, and (4) improving natural forest management. Together, those four types of activities represent more than 70% of the overall biophysical potential for land-based emissions reduction or sequestration enhancement. The countries Nigeria, Côte d'Ivoire, and Cameroon have the largest potential among the 15 countries studied and together represent more than half of the region’s overall potential.
The West Africa SLOA maps and summarizes data related to the four activities described above in order to support sub-national spatial prioritization of SL programming in the region.