Description: 

A project for testing new approaches to improving community livelihoods and forested landscape management in selected areas of DRC.

Background:

At more than 2.3 million square kilometers in size, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is the third largest country in Africa. The Congo Rainforest, which is the second largest contiguous tropical rainforest block in the world, covers nearly two thirds of DRC’s landmass. This forest is critical to the livelihoods of nearly half of DRC’s 80 million inhabitants, providing food, medicine, energy, building materials, and multiple sources of income. Additionally, the Congo Rainforest is among the top five most biodiverse forests in the world, making it a global asset.  

In spite of the Congo Rainforest’s local and global importance, it faces many threats. Deforestation and forest degradation regularly take place for the purposes of urbanization, agricultural expansion, and illegal logging. While the rates of these activities fluctuate and are presently noted for being relatively low, the Government of DRC is taking steps to secure the future of its forests and harness their potential for poverty reduction and sustainable development.

Objectives and Outputs:

Begun in 2014, the Improved Forest Landscape Management Project is the result of a partnership between the Government of DRC, the World Bank, African Development Bank, and CIF. Scheduled to take place over six years, this project will promote sustainable forest management around DRC’s capital, Kinshasa. CIF contributed $36.9 million in FIP funding to this project, which is expected to result in a variety of outcomes geared toward poverty reduction and sustainable development.

Successful completion of this project involves four components. First, promotion of community-based natural resources management will take place in the Plateau District near Kinshasa with the goal of improving rural peoples’ livelihoods. Second, private sector engagement in REDD+ will be promoted to reduce forest degradation. This will occur through provision of improved cook stoves to reduce woodfuel use, and promotion of agro-forestry as an alternative to slash-and-burn agriculture. Third, small grants will be given to promising REDD+ initiatives, which will include innovative efforts led by local stakeholders for the purpose of addressing deforestation and forest degradation. Finally, lessons learned will be disseminated in order to build regional capacity for future sustainable forest management efforts.

The project is expected to provide 120,000 people in targeted forests and adjacent communities with both monetary and non-monetary benefits. Targeted communities will benefit from new technical and financial approaches for sustainable forest management. Special attention to the role of women will be included in the project, with an emphasis on women’s participation in decision-making at every step in the process. Additionally, sustainable forest management practices will provide protection to over 100,000 hectares of lands. Finally, greenhouse gas emissions reductions amounting to as much as 4.5 million tCO2e will result from this project, which will contribute towards climate change mitigation.

This project summary is drawn from draft project proposals [such as the PAD, PID, SAR, and country investment plan] and may not contain the most up-to-date information.

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Project Details
Cover Note | Project Document | MDB Preparation and Supervision Services | Proposed Decision
Approved on March 10, 2014 (Approved Decision
Approved amount(s):
USD  36.9 million (grant funding)
USD 425,000 (MPIS Final tranche)

Comments and Responses:
United Kingdom (February 20, 2014)  
United States (February 24, 2014)  
United Kingdom (March 7, 2014) 
United States (March 7, 2014) 
IBRD Response to United Kingdom, United States (March 5, 2014)