b"IMPACT STATEMENT 2023CLIMATE ACTION Supporting Sierra Leone, Zambia and Kenya in generating income flows We are a signatory of the Alliance forfrom natural assets on the Transformative Action for Climate and Health,voluntary carbon marketenabling the flow of climate finance to where itNatural assets such as forests, mangroves, and farmland are critically important resources to remove is most needed through innovative investmentcarbon from the atmosphere, making them a major potential source of revenue for low- and middle-models and building government capacity toincome countries and local community development.Crown Agents is working with Nature for Justice, a deliver lasting, climate-resilient public services. nonprofit that creates and supports community-led nature-based solutions (NbS), to support governments in Sierra Leone, Zambia and Kenya obtain benefits from the global carbon trade through voluntary carbon markets. By bringing together community reforestation, agroforestry and mangrove restoration initiatives into broader programmes, we aim to attract large-scale investment in carbon credits while funding high integrity, sustainable development projects that benefit communities.Verifying sapling growth inWorking with the Sierra Leone with drones Government of Sierra In Sierra Leone, we have partnered with the MinistryLeone on its COP28 of Environment and Climate Change, the Tacugama Chimp Sanctuary, UAVAid Ltd, the Directorate ofroadmapScience Technology and Innovation and the FCDO toIn Sierra Leone, we have been embedded in the deliver Project Sapling.Ministry of Environment and Climate Change to help The project mobilises communities to identify andset the countrys roadmap for COP28. gather indigenous seeds and grow them into saplingsThrough recognising that climate change is a in locally resourced nurseries.cross-cutting issue, we assisted in mapping out the It also trains community members. Through datakey stakeholders across all ministries, government from tags on the trees and drone images, Projectdepartments, civil society and the private sector.Sapling verifies where and when a tree is planted. TheBy identifying gaps in national climate policy and technology has the potential to provide images of theregulation, we are also supporting the revision of the trees growth over time. Ministry's strategic plan which highlights climate and environment priorities to attract and guide private investors and development partners, as well as to ensure climate projects benefit local communities.18 19"