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Mapping of carbon stocks and their modelling and conservation by carbon payments in the forest belt of the DR Congo

As of: August 2018

Objective and activities

The project is promoting the approach of reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+) including compensation payments in the DR of Congo. In this way, it is countering the accelerated deforestation assigning a value to the forests and their ecosystem services that goes beyond their usual uses such as a source of wood or potential agricultural land. Extremely precise LiDAR remote sensing data are being used to map the forests' carbon content. The project partners are also implementing forest conservation strategies designed to serve as examples, testing their effectiveness, efficiency and practicability, and refining them. Viable pilot systems for sharing the benefits of the carbon payments are being developed and set up on a model basis in conjunction with the local community and other land users. The aim is for the REDD+ pilot project of the Lac Tumba region, to set benchmarks for a fair and sustainable system of using carbon payments to place a monetary value on forests.

Predecessor project(s)
Integrated Protection Area for the Ngiri Lowland Rainforest

State of implementation/results

  • The national biomass map was presented to all partners and stakeholders in the national REDD + process. Methodology, model development of the map and estimates of biomass were presented by DIAF, OSFAC and UCLA.
  • Further landusedata were collected, including six plots through the forestry Project FAO / DIAF and 11 additional plots of FRMi in the May Ndombe province (financed by the World Bank).
  • Partner DDD employees participated in a workshop on "Accounting for Reductions and Absorption of Carbon Emissions through REDD + activities "in Bangkok, Thailand
  • A technical workshop was held to determine the forest-biomass to prepare the first half-yearly report (FBUR) on the greenhouse gas supply in relation to landuse, its change and forestry (LULUCF) in Kinshasa
  • The project supported the "Russell E. Train Education for Nature" program (WWF US) the further academic education of five Congolese students. A student
  • was able to successfully complete his doctorate with the help of this funding, two more female students received their Master of Science
  • The scaffolding of the database was set up after the servers had been commissioned with OSFAC and DIAF with all applications to the server at DIAF.
  • Municipalities with PES contracts received payments on the basis of the effectively protected land and the work done through afforestation with fruit trees.
  • Concepts of "benefit sharing" via PES contracts with municipalities were integrated in ERP and are expected to be applied in the ERP Mai Ndombe province.
  • A Benefit Sharing Plan is currently under development (CN-REDD).
  • The wood producer SOGENAC carried out a study on the application of "Reduced Impact Logging "methods. The aim of the pilot study is to provide the economic benefit of the RIL method focuses on the reduction of CO2 within the ERP system Mai Ndombe
  • The World Bank's approval of the ERPD took place on 16 December 2016. This gave the project a special significance as the first of its kind in the African continent and one of the first REDD + Phase 3 projects in the payout phase worldwide with a potential payout volume by the World Bank in the amount of US $ 70 million.

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Project data

The Democratic Republic of Congo

Implementing organisation:
KfW Entwicklungsbank

Partner institution(s):
  • " Ministry of Environment, Nature Conservation and Tourism (MECNT) - DR Congo"
  • World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) - Democratic Republic of the Congo,World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) - Germany

BMU grant:
€ 6,336,268

07/2012 till 09/2018


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