Côte d'Ivoire is one of the world’s largest cocoa producing nations, and the Cavally region in particular, is one of the most biodiverse areas on the planet. To mark International Day of Forests, we are planting approximately 465,000 new native trees in the Cavally region, equivalent to almost 2.5 times the size of Paris. The tree planting programme is currently underway and looks to restore and preserve local habitats for generations to come.
We are also working with communities and teams on the ground to make sure barriers to successful re-forestation are addressed. This includes areas of support such as sustainable land tenure, decent livelihoods and women economic empowerment, so long-term, sustainable solutions are created in Côte d'Ivoire.
In addition to our tree planting commitments, we are unveiling a unique arts and radio collaboration, building on our long history of championing important causes through the expression of art. These programmes are conducted on the ground in French, and help local farmers and communities understand why it is important to protect and preserve critical habitats for future generations, and ensure farmers are aware of their rights, both key levers for tackling deforestation.
Our radio drama series in particular will reach one in four local people in the Cavally cocoa growing region.