REDD+ at the heart of the development path of a country endowed
with the second largest forest in the world
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In 2012, the DRC adopted its National REDD+ Framework Strategy, aiming to stabilize forest cover to 63.5% from 2030, and maintain it thereafter. The 2015-2020 DRC REDD+ Investment Plan stems directly from this Framework Strategy, and fully complies with its strategic guidelines and essence.
Addressing all direct and underlying drivers (agriculture, wood energy, forestry, mining and oil, infrastructure, land use planning, land tenure, demography, and governance), the REDD+ Investment plan includes sectoral approaches and integrated programs.
The REDD+ Investment Plan was formally adopted by the Government of the DRC and presented to the CAFI Executive Board in December 2015. It formed the basis of the Letter of Intent with CAFI in April 2016, which, with the accompanying capitalization of the DRC's REDD+ National Fund, marked the start of the programming phase for implementing the Investment plan.
To date the Steering Committee of the National REDD+ Fund has issued 15 calls for proposals and approved eight programmes, totalling US$ 175 millions in approved funding since CAFI's capitalisation of the REDD+ National Fund. Of these, US$ 100 millions are part of a first, unconditional tranche while the remaining US$ 75 millions are conditioned to programme performance and the evaluation of the milestones of the Letter of Intent.
In January 2018, the first National Forest reference Emission level (FREL) was submitted to the UNFCCC for technical review.
As of January 2018, internal assessments indicate that that five intermediary milestones have been achieved and a further six are on track to be achieved by the 31 December, 2018 deadline. Progress toward intermediary milestones of the Letter of Intent will be evaluated independently in 2019. Terms of reference for this verification are currently being drafted jointly by CAFI and the DRC.