Description: 

A project to pilot the REDD+ investment phase in DRC.

Background:

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is an equatorial country located in central sub-Saharan Africa. DRC is characterized by a tropical climate that supports a large amount of biodiversity. In particular, DRC is home to the Congo Rainforest, which comprises nearly two thirds of DRC’s territory, and is the second largest rain forest in the world after the Amazon.

In recent years, DRC’s forests have faced increasing pressure in the form of illegal logging, as well as deforestation and forest degradation as a result of small-scale farming. As a result, DRC is among the top countries in terms of annual loss of forest cover. While DRC is making progress towards development of better policies for sustainable management of its forest resources, it also faces the major challenge of reducing deforestation and forest degradation while at the same time improving the livelihoods of its approximately 80 million inhabitants.

Objectives and Outputs:

In 2013, CIF partnered with the Government of DRC and AfDB to begin implementation of the Integrated REDD+ Project in the Mbuji-May/Kananga and Kisangani Basins. This project, which received $21.5 million in FIP funding, is expected to be completed in early 2019.

The primary purpose of this project is to contribute to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation and forest degradation while helping to reduce poverty in three basins. To achieve these goals, the project will focus on three components: (i) sustainable forest management, (ii) sustainable agriculture and land tenure, and (iii) project management support.

To promote more sustainable forest management, 11,405 hectares of degraded forests will be rehabilitated through implementation of simplified management plans. Approximately 11,000 hectares of forest plantations will be established, and local capacity building will occur through distribution of improved stoves, as well as promotion of other sources of fuel and energy. To improve agricultural and land tenure practices, sustainable agricultural practices will be promoted through inventory, training and technical support. Local land use plans and land tenure security mechanisms will be established, and capacity building will take place for land tenure officers. Finally, project management measure will occur through the establishment of various monitoring and evaluation practices, and project outcomes will be disseminated in line with REDD+ strategy.

The project outcomes are expected to be reduced greenhouse gas emissions by approximately 4 MtCO2 due to reduced deforestation and forest degradation, as well as enhancement of forest carbon stocks. Additionally, a 6.3 percent reduction in local poverty levels is expected to occur through improvements to quality of life for forest-dependent indigenous communities. Additionally, the project will have a gender focus to ensure equal involvement of both men and women.

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.

In the News:

Democratic Republic of Congo gets $21.5 million green light to transform its vast forests (AfDB, August 30, 2013) 
Move To Stop Forest Slash and Burn by African Farmers (Woodworking Network, September 2, 2013)   
Congo gets $21.5 million green light to transform its vast forests (SpyGhana, September 20, 2013)  
AfDB Announces DRC Awarded US$21.5 Million from CIF for Forest Governance (IISD, September 20, 2013) 

Project Details
Cover Note | Project Document | MDB Project Implementation Services (MPIS) | Proposed Decision
Approved on August 27, 2013 (Approved Decision)
Approved amount(s):
USD 21.50 million (grant funding)
USD 300,000 (MPIS Second tranche)

Comments and Responses:
Summary of comments and responses
United Kingdom (July 26, 2013)
United States (July 31, 2013)
Japan (July 31, 2013)
Australia (August 6, 2013)
AfDB Response to United Kingdom, United States & Japan (August 1, 2013)