Central African Republic

 Advancing its national REDD+ process in spite of instability  

 

“REDD+ in the Central African Republic is a genuine sustainable development tool, led at the highest level. The support from CAFI to prepare a national investment framework for REDD+, that we want robust and inclusive, is a strategic opportunity to strengthen efforts, capacities and the sustainable and democratic management of forests, despite our recent political and security challenges.”

H.E. Arlette SOMBO-DIBELE, Minister of Environment, Sustainable Development, Water, Forests, Hunting and Fisheries

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At a Glance

Preparatory Grant

Approved on 22 February 2016 (Decision EB.2016.2)

1 million US$ to develop a National Investment Framework (NIF), executed jointly with the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) Readiness Preparation grant.  

Responsible Governmental Party Ministry of the Environment and Ecology (MEEDD)
Implementing organization World Bank
Funds transferred See the MPTF Gateway CAFI page, under "projects" or here
Status NIF under development, anticipated in December 2018

 

Context and advances

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The forests of the Central African Republic span over 28.3 million hectares and cover 45% of its territory.

 

The history of the CAR is marked by sudden regime changes, but the recent political and security crises have exacerbated its socio-economic difficulties. Landlocked and dependent on the river Oubangui-Congo and routes to Chad and Cameroon, CAR is among the poorest of the least developed countries, with a Human Development Index placing it 188th out of 188 countries (UNDP, 2016).

 

While an in-depth study of the drivers of deforestation and forest degradation is being conducted, indirect and direct drivers have been preliminary identified. Even prior to the most recent crisis, CAR had suffered from more than a decade of conflict and political instability. Yet, in spite of instability and limited resources, the country has continued to advance its REDD+ agenda. CAR is preparing institutional arrangement for REDD+ and a socially and environmentally-sound National REDD+ Strategy. The National REDD+ Committee is chaired at the highest level, by the Prime Minister.

 

A preparatory grant to develop a National REDD+ Investment Framework

 

The CAFI Executive Board approved a grant of 1 million US$ to support the Central African Republic in developing a comprehensive multi-sector National Investment Framework for REDD+ (NIF) that consolidates national financing priorities through a broad consultative process.

The National Investment Framework will complement the design process of the National REDD+ Strategy and identify financing priorities - and associated budgets - for addressing the drivers of deforestation and forest degradation.

The development of the NIF emphasizes consultations with relevant development partners, such as embassies of donor countries, technical agencies or implementing organizations, to:

  • reinforce the coordinating role of National REDD+ Committee chaired by the Prime Minister so that development partners are encouraged to align their programs and initiatives with the NIF
  • help mobilize additional resources and direct them towards priority programs identified in the NIF

High-level and focused multi-stakeholder consultations with authorities, civil society and indigenous organizations the private sector, elected representatives, researches are also planned. 

Progress to date  

  • REDD+/CAFI project implementation unit in place and operational, working in tandem with the climate change coordination team as well as with the World Bank investment on Natural Resource Governance (forestry and minerals).
  • Institutional anchoring in Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development. There have been at least 10 different sectoral ministers involved in launching the REDD+ program to date and setting up the different prefectoral committees, including planning, agriculture, forestry, among others. There is strong support to date and the REDD+ process continues to build awareness and collaboration.
  • Key consultancies launched for the development of the national strategy and SESA, hiring process is being finalized.
  • Three Inter-Prefectoral committees established, in areas with strategic forest resources, including information about CAFI.
  • Civil society actively engaged through civil society natural resources platform in consultations, information sharing and collaboration on national REDD+ program

The process is now complete for selection of firms to undertake the development of the REDD+ strategy (financed by FCPF), the development of the SESA (financed by FCPF) and the National Investment Framework (financed by CAFI) which includes detailed options for prioritized activities. These three strategic products will be able to inform one another.

 

Key Documents

 


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CAR Preparatory Grant Request

February 2016

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CAR CAFI Leaflet

October 2016

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CAFI Executive Board decisions related to CAR