Mé REDD+ Project - To tackle deforestation and forest degradation in the Mé region

December 2016
December 2019
Project cost
2 500 000 €
Role in the project


Côte d’Ivoire


Organic Agriculture Spatial Planning Bioenergy Biodiversity Climate Forest Market REDD+ Remote sensing


Timber Cocoa Coffee Hevea Palm oil Cassava Plantain

Main goals

57% of the forests of Ivory Coast disappeared between 1990 and 2015 (BNETD, 2016). Only 3.4 million ha of forest remain and this decline is largely attributable to cocoa cultivation of which Côte d'Ivoire is the world's largest producer.

To address this situation, the objective of the REDD + Project (PRM) is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in the Mé region while improving living conditions of the populations bordering these forests.

Specific objectives

Laying the foundation for a green economy by actively participating in current processes of decentralization and securing land rights
Preserving, renewing and adding value to regional agricultural and forestry capital by demonstrating that it is possible to reconcile the reduction of pressure on natural resources and rural development, with cocoa farming leading the way
Measure the impacts of the project and support the national REDD + process, particularly in terms of mobilizing the necessary funding for scaling up and deploying a jurisdictional approach


The forests of Mabi-Yaya and the climate!
The 7 intervention villages
2250 farmers and 5000 ha of agricultural plantations
150 forest and reforestation owners
15 charcoal burners
4 NGOs and 4 local entrepreneurs


Spatial Planning
Land-use mapping at the regional scale through remote sensing (report below, in french)
Participatory elaboration of Local Development Plans and implementation through local call for projects (schools, health centers, etc.)

Land tenure security
Official delimitation of 7 village territories
Issuance of land certificates on 3500 ha of wooded areas (including agroforestry systems)

Agriculture zero deforestation
Technical assistance modulated with 2250 households: increase of the added value per hectare, incomes securing and diversification, support to sustainable value chains (organic and fairtrade certifications), development of Payments for Environmental Services dedicated to organic cocoa agroforestry in partnership with Alter Eco

Sustainable forest management and reforestation
Reforestation of 500 ha (including 50 ha of wood energy) in partnership with the private sector (Inprobois, Tropical Bois, Tranchivoire, FIP) and local NGOs (APFNP, GIREFOR, AYA, GAYA)
Technical and financial support to first clearings for 150 owners with unmanaged old reforestations

Sustainable domestic energy
Regional diagnosis of the bio-energies sector Improved carbonization training for 15 charcoal producers
Technical and financial support to local NGOs and entrepreneurs: biogas, improved fish smokers, high-efficiency charcoal kilns, biocharcoal

Impact measurement and support to the REDD + process
Establishment of a Regional Reference Emission Level (report below, in french)
Establishment of a Socio-Economic and Environmental Reference State (report below, in french)
PhD dedicated to the early detection of land clearing and monitoring over time of land-use change, in partnership with CURAT

Geoportal of Mé REDD+ Project

Visualize the progress of the project in real time here

Project Presentation

Download the project presentation here (in french)

Related people

Country representative in Côte d'Ivoire

Romuald Vaudry

Forester and with a Master II in "Development and Land Planning" from the National Agronomic Institute Paris Grignon and University of Science Montpellier II (France). Currently our representative in Cote d'Ivoire, he brings his expertise in the design and implementation of multi-stakeholder territorial projects (REDD+, IWRM) as well as sustainable forest management and reforestation.

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Administrative and Financial Manager in Côte d'Ivoire

Alimata Konaté

Holder of a Master 2 in Finance, Alimata worked for seven years for the NGO Search for Common Ground before joining Nitidæ in January 2017. She currently holds the position of Administrative and Financial Manager of our representation in Côte d'Ivoire

Agronomic coordinator

Eric Touré

Holder of a diploma in Agricultural Engineering, Eric held various positions of responsibility at Cargill and ICRAF before joining Nitidæ Côte d'Ivoire in July 2018. He brings his expertise in the implementation of agricultural projects in the association: REDD + project of Mé, CACAOBIO, etc.


Cédric Rabany

Holder of a Master of Science, "Agricultural Engineer and territories development" from the Institut Supérieur d’Agriculture (ISARA Lyon), he brings his expertise in agro-food/agricultural sectors' analysis and development, strengthening of supplychain actors (producers, private/public actors, agro-food industries...), socio-economic analysis of agricultural chains and his great knowledge of companies in these markets

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Chargé de Mission Aménagement du Territoire

Denis Méa

Holder of a Master 2 in Remote Sensing and Geographic Information System, Denis joined Nitidæ Côte d'Ivoire in December 2016 to supervise land use planning activities (development of local development plans) and land tenure security for the REDD + Project. of soul. It also ensures the monitoring and evaluation of this project

Project Officer GIS and remote sensing in Côte d'Ivoire

Tiodionwa Ouattara

Holder of a Master of Remote Sensing and Geographical Information Systems for the Development and Management of Lands and Ecosystems, Tiodionwa joined the team of Nitidæ Côte d'Ivoire in December 2016. He is currently pursuing a thesis dedicated to monitoring (agro)forest dynamics within the framework of the Mé REDD + Project (PRM).

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Project officer / Energy

Romaric Aouake

Holder of an engineering degree in management of mining, oil and energy activities, Romaric joined Nitidæ Côte d'Ivoire in January 2018 and currently holds the position of Energy Project Manager for the REDD + Project of Mé. He brings his expertise in the improvement of carbonization techniques and the support of local biomass energy recovery and energy efficiency projects.

Project officer / Forest

Sandrine Zeregui

A trained agronomist and forestry specialist, Sandrine joined Nitidæ Côte d'Ivoire in 2018 and currently holds the position of project manager for the REDD + Forests Project of Mé. Sandrine brings her expertise on reforestation activities and sustainable forest management

Agro-Botanist in Côte d'Ivoire

Rolande Ettien

Botanist, Rolande holds a Master 2 in Systematics, Ecology and Biodiversity. She currently holds the position of Agro-Botanist for the Mé REDD+ Project. She mainly brings her expertise on cocoa agroforestry plots, the management of organic cocoa cooperatives and the Organic and Fair Trade certification.

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Agricultural Trainer Adviser

Paris Toman

Senior Technician in Farm Management, Paris held various positions (Livestock Facilitator with GTZ, Trainer and Food Security with Action Against Hunger, etc.) before joining the team of the REDD + Project of the Mé in January 2017 as an Agricultural Trainer Adviser.

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Project Officer

Benjamin Garnier

Agricultural Engineer, specialised in "quality of the environment and resources management", from the French National School of Agricultural Science and Engineering of Toulouse (INP ENSAT). He brings his expertise in feasibility studies for investment funds, agricultural markets studies and analysis of value chains

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Project Officer

Anthony Guhur

With a degree in "Environment, Earth, Change, Climate", specialised in "Rural Area & Environment" from the University of Bourgogne (co-accredited with AgroSup Dijon), he brings expertise in bioenergy & environmental projects and in project management

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Agricultural Trainer Adviser

Nanga Ouattara

Holder of a University Diploma of Technology in agro-pastoral management, Nanga first developed the family farm before working as a farm supervisor of vegetable growers associations in Sinfra and joining the REDD + project team of the Mé in January 2017 as Agricultural Trainer Adviser

Agricultural Trainer Adviser

Clarisse Kouakou

Holds a Master 2 in Economic Development Administration and a Master's degree in Economic Sciences and Development option Public Economics obtained at Alassane Ouattara University. She is currently working in Côte d'Ivoire on the agricultural component of the REDD + Project of the Mé as an Agricultural Trainer Advisor. It mainly brings its expertise at the level of beneficiary management to the establishment of cropping systems to increase value added per hectare

Agricultural Trainer Adviser

Hartmann Monda

Holder of a BTS Management of Agricultural Holdings, Hartmann joined Nitidæ Côte d'Ivoire in 2018 and mainly brings his expertise on the implementation of the various measures accompanying the REDD+ Project of the Mé

Agricultural Trainer Adviser

Ange Konan

Holder of a BTS in Tropical Agriculture and Plant Production, Ange held various positions of agricultural adviser and technician (Nestlé R & D) before joining Nitidæ Côte d'Ivoire in April 2018. He brings his expertise in the production of organic cocoa and in the frame of the producers of the REDD + Project of the Mé and CERTIBIO

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Project Manager

Clovis Grinand

PhD in "Information Systems for the Localized Management of the Territories", from AgroParisTech, Engref and SupAgro, he is expert in remote sensing, pedology, forestry, agronomy, geomophology and modeling on projects related to forestry and agriculture, development of innovative tools, scientific publications, impact measurement studies

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Project Manager / Forest & REDD + / France

Marie Nourtier

PhD in Forest sciences conducted at INRA Avignon, EMMAH research lab, she brings her expertise in forest ecology, support for REDD+ mechanism and carbon accounting, Environmental and social impact assessment of projects, project management and supervision of technical work

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Youssoufou Soumahoro

Based in Abidjan, Youssouf holds the position of driver of the REDD + Project of the Mé and of the fleet manager of Nitidæ Ivory Coast


Maurice Yapoga

Based in Adzopé, Maurice holds the position of driver of the REDD + Project of the Mé

Project officer

Charlotte Hemingway

She holds an engineering diploma (specialisation in Agricultural Development) from AgroParisTech Engineering school and studied Human Geography and Management of Protected Areas at the University Pontificia Catolica of Santiago de Chile. She joined Nitidæ in may 2019. She worked on agricultural development issues in dryland areas and on conflicts between agriculture, pastoralism and conservation in Kenya. She uses her systemic approach and provides her field expertise to carry out agrarian diagnoses of some of Nitidæ’s areas of intervention.

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