A validated National REDD+ Strategy to build on
|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, Sustainable Development and Environment|
|Implementing organization||World Bank|
The Republic of Congo holds nearly 22.5 million hectares of forests – 65% of its territory – and boasts one of the lowest deforestation rate in the Congo basin (0.06% - 211,410 ha/year net, for 2000-2014). 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, that could become a majour source of CO2 emissions from the land use sector (est. 12.7 millions tons of CO2/year for 2015-2020).
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:
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.
To implement 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 is currently being designed to centralize, channel and coordinate international, national, public and private funds to support the implementation of the National REDD+ Strategy. This involves structuring a programmatic framework to accommodate both sector-based and enabling REDD+ related investments.
In its draft NIF, the government has identified a set of priority actions for the period 2018-2025 that will contribute directly to mitigating deforestation and forest degradation and increase carbon stocks:
The World Bank will support the development of the REDD+ National Investment Framework.