Republic of Congo

A validated National REDD+ Strategy to build on

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At a Glance


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
Fund Transfer

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Status National Investment Framework finalized, and considered by the Executive Board (EB.2018.13) a good basis to initiate negotiations on a Letter of Intent.


Context and progress


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).


Emission Driver in Republic of Congo

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 2018-2022 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 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:

  • Forests and peatlands are managed sustainably, biodiversity is conserved, and planted areas increased
  • Sustainable farming practices are implemented, productivity is improved, and savannas are valued
  • Unsustainable wood energy withdrawals are reduced
  • The mining sector develops with reduced impacts on forest ecosystems
  • Intersectoral governance and participation of all development stakeholders is improved
  • REDD + and REDD + aligned funding is mobilized and innovative financing tools developed


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

Key Documents


RCongo Preparatory Grant request

Final signed version


National Investment Framework of the Republic of Congo - version 7 (final)

June 2018


RCongo Validated National REDD+ Strategy

July 2016 (French)



CAFI Executive Board decisions related to R.Congo