STEWARD III was a forest conservation and sustainable livelihoods project working in trans-boundary priority zones in the Upper Guinean Forest ecosystem, occurring in Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Côte d’Ivoire. It was the third iteration of the STEWARD program. STEWARD I was characterized as a design phase, and STEWARD II as a pilot phase. STEWARD III was intended to be the implementation phase.
The project's goals were to:
STEWARD III added additional activities to those of STEWARD II. In addition to biodiversity conservation in transboundary priority zones, STEWARD III was to improve the resilience of local communities in adapting to climate change, and improved livelihoods, food security, and market linkages. STEWARD III was also to improve regional and national frameworks for REDD+ and build REDD+ readiness, and increase sustainable access to safe water and sanitation and improved hygiene.