The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has announced the details of its project to plant an Olympic Forest in Mali and Senegal, part of the IOC’s climate-positive strategy. The project will involve planting about 355,000 native trees across around 90 villages in the two neighboring African states, covering a combined area of around 2,120 hectares. In addition to planting trees, the Olympic Forest project is meant to help increase the local communities’ food and economic security. The IOC will work with local communities to ensure that the forest creates diverse social, economic and environmental benefits in an area that has been going through increased droughts and floods. The Olympic Forest is expected to absorb 200,000 tons of CO2, more than the IOC’s estimated carbon footprint for 2021-2024. Senegal will host the 2026 Youth Olympic Games in Dakar.