In this presentation, senior advisor to the Mayor of Freetown Eric Hubbard will share the community-driven tree-planting revolution taking place in Sierra Leone’s capital.
Against the backdrop of population expansion and rapid urbanization, the Freetown City Council co-designed with climate vulnerable communities across the city the #FreetownTheTreeTown campaign to plant, digitally track and grow 1 million trees by 2023—an effort that would increase the city’s vegetation cover by 50%.
Having hit this goal, the city now has its sights set on scaling its ecosystem-based climate adaptation approach with a new target: an additional 5 to 10 million trees!
By using blended sources of finance and digital innovation, Freetown has developed a sustainable financing model for urban nature-based solutions that can be replicated in other under-resourced cities. Hubbard shares advice for peers in other cities to increase canopy cover, green infrastructure, and community-led climate action.