Even though Freetown is among the lowest emitters of greenhouse gases of the capital cities in Africa, it is one of the most vulnerable to the effects of climate change. Freetown’s Climate Action Strategy is the city’s first attempt toward delivering on its commitment to the Paris Agreement and presents innovative, evidence-based solutions to help the city adapt to climate risks, such as flooding, coastal erosion and landslides, while strengthening mitigation efforts that will ensure that future development follows a green and sustainable path.
The strategy strongly aligns with the Government of Sierra Leone’s Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) and National Adaptation Plan (NAP) and mirrors Freetown City Council’s "Transform Freetown" Agenda. Freetown will focus on urban energy, mobility and sanitation as part of its mitigation efforts; and on ecosystems and land restoration, disaster risk management, water and urban planning to foster adaptation.
Freetown the TreeTown campaign: Using digital tools to encourage tree cultivation in cities
Against the backdrop of population expansion and rapid urbanization, the Freetown City Council came up with a plan to plant and grow 1 million trees by 2022—an effort that would increase the city's vegetation cover by 50%.
Engaging the Private Sector on Nature-Based Solutions
This webinar examines best practices and examples of city-business collaboration on NBS to understand the benefits, challenges and opportunities created from private sector engagement in Freetown’s tree-planting campaign.
Supporting Integrated Urban Growth in Freetown
The UrbanShift Lab in Freetown brought together representatives from the capital and neighboring cities to assess and find sustainable solutions for managing urban growth and climate risks in Sierra Leone.
Freetown, Sierra Leone: The Tree Town Campaign Private Sector Engagement
Model: Business-Focused International Partnerships