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

December 2016
February 2021
Project cost
2 500 000 €
Role in the project


Côte d’Ivoire


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


Timber Cocoa Coffee Cola 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

The GeoPoppy App

GeoPoppy is a field data collection App developed with free software, with technical support from CartONG and financial support from AFD

Related documents

Project report
Agriculture, Organic Agriculture, Agroforestry, Spatial Planning, Bioenergy, Biodiversity, Climate, Forest, Market, REDD+, Remote sensing

Final report of the REDD + Project of the Mé Four years of commitment and innovation in the service of the forests of the Mé and its inhabi…

Benjamin Garnier et toute l'équipe
Agriculture, Organic Agriculture, Agroforestry, Spatial Planning, Bioenergy, Biodiversity, Climate, Forest, Market, REDD+, Remote sensing

The Mé REDD + Project - four years of commitment and innovation in the service of the Mé forests and its inhabitants

Benjamin Garnier et toute l'équipe
Technical document
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Assessment of the effects linked to the implementation of Zero Deforestation Agriculture activities of the REDD + project of the Mé

Charlotte Hemingway
Project report
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Third annual activity report of the Mé REDD+ Project (in french)

Equipe projet
Project report
Organic Agriculture, Agroforestry, Spatial Planning, Bioenergy, Biodiversity, Forest, Market, REDD+, Remote sensing

Second Annual Activity Report of the Mé REDD+ Project

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Project report
Agriculture, Agroforestry, Bioenergy, Biodiversity, Climate, Forest, REDD+, Remote sensing

First Annual Activity Report of the Mé REDD+ Project

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Technical document
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Mapping of land use in the Mé region

Tiodionwa Ouattara, Clovis Grinand
Project report
Agriculture, Agroforestry, Spatial Planning, Forest

Local Development Plan of the village of Kossandji (Côte d'Ivoire)

Denis Méa, Romuald Vaudry
Bioenergy, Forest, REDD+

Bioenergy Diagnosis in the Region of the Mé - Summary for Policy Makers

Romaric Aouake, Dorgeles Gomeu, Anthony Guhur, Romuald Vaudry
Project report
Bioenergy, Forest, REDD+

Charcoal Burners' Training Report on Improved Carbonization

Romaric Aouake, Anthony Guhur
Technical document
Forest, REDD+, Remote sensing

Reference Emission Level for the forests of the Region of Mé

Tiodionwa Ouattara, Clovis Grinand, Romuald Vaudry
Organic Agriculture, Agroforestry, Forest

Agro-forestry systems based on cocoa: optimize the existing, encourage their development

Romuald Vaudry

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Administrative and Financial Manager / Côte d'Ivoire

Alimata Lorn-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

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Agricultural Trainer Adviser / Côte d'Ivoire

Adjo 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 / Agriculture & Market / Côte d'Ivoire

Kouadio Ange François 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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Country representative in Côte d'Ivoire

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 Manager / France

Noémie Rullier

Holder of an Engineering diploma in Agronomy, specializing in Sustainable agricultural & Agri-Food systems for the South, from Montpellier SupAgro- Institut des Régions Chaudes (IRC), she brings her expertise to support technical changes and development processes in rural area; to support farm advisory, training engineering and plant biology research

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Project Manager / France

Clovis Grinand

PhD in Functional Ecology and Agronomic Sciences (SupAgro, IRD and CIRAD) and specialized in Localized Information Systems for Spatial Planning (AgroParisTech), he is an expert in land use change monitoring using remote sensing, digital soil mapping and spatial modeling applied to forestry, agronomy and landscape ecology. He is the author of numerous international scientific publications.

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Project Officer / Madagascar

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, forestry & agro-environmental projects and in project management

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Driver and Logistician / Côte d'Ivoire

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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