Republic of Congo

A validated National REDD+ Strategy to build on

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CAFI preparatory grant

Approved by the CAFI Executive Board on 8 February 2016 (decision EB 2016.01)

698,000 US$ to develop a National REDD+ Investment Framework

Responsible Government Party Ministry of Forest Economy, Sustaimable Development and Environment
Implementing organization World Bank
Fund Transfer

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Status Ongoing - expected termination 30 June 2018, with submissionof the national Investment Plan ahead of the FIP meeting in November 2017 (Decision EB.2017.04)  


Context and progress

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The Republic of Congo holds nearly 22.5 million hectares of forests – 65% of its territory – and one of the lowest deforestation rate in the Congo basin (0.052%). However, over 0.5 million hectares of forests could disappear every year between 2015 and 2020 due to the development of agricultural projects, notably cocoa and palm oil.  


Strong roots for the validated National REDD+ Strategy


REDD+ in the Republic of Congo is considered a “sustainable development tool” and a genuine “pillar of green economy”. Three strategic policy instruments anchor REDD+ in RoC beyond the forest sector:

  • the 2012-2016 National Development Plan
  • the Growth, Employment, and Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper
  • the National Sustainable Development Strategy

On the basis of consensus on drivers, a National REDD+ Strategy was validated in July 2016. The country’s commitment to reducing deforestation was further demonstrated by the development of an Emissions Reduction Program (ER-P) in the Sangha and Likouala Departments. Selected by the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility in July 2014, the ER-P should generate nearly 11.7 million tCO2 in emission reductions by 2021.


An initial CAFI grant for the Republic of Congo to develop its REDD+ National Investment Framework


To complement the National REDD+ Strategy, the CAFI Executive Board approved a preparatory grant of 698,000 US$ to support the Republic of Congo to develop a comprehensive REDD+ National Investment Framework (REDD+ NIF). The REDD+ NIF will be designed to accommodate existing and future additional resources for implementation of the National REDD+ Strategy, such as funding from the Forest Investment Program (FIP), the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the Green Climate Fund (GCF), and other multilateral and bilateral donors, in addition to CAFI funding. Planned investments will support activities around two large scale programs :


  • the emission reduction program, which also plans the participation of local communities in emission reductions activities, through i) implementing simplified management plans for community development ii) improving agricultural techniques and iii) participation in the conservation of fauna.
  • the establishment of forest plantations with fast-growing tree species, to meet the energy needs of large cities, notably Brazzaville. Improved use of charcoal (e.g. improved cookstoves) will also be considered.


The initial CAFI grant will also be used to:

  • organize international consultations on the Investment Plan
  • undertake the necessary thematic studies
  • consult stakeholders at the department level and in Brazzaville
  • organize the national workshop to validate the Investment Plan.

The World Bank will support the development of the REDD+ National Investment Framework.

Key Documents


RCongo Preparatory Grant request

Final signed version


RCongo CAFI Leaflet

November 2017


RCongo Validated National REDD+ Strategy

July 2016 (French)



CAFI Executive Board decisions related to R.Congo