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The Carbon Map and Model Project (CO2M&M) in the Democratic Republic of Congo

With the support of the International Climate Initiative (ICI) of the Federal Ministry of the Environment, Conservation, and Nuclear Security, the implementation of the German Development Bank KfW, the "Carbon Map and Model (CO2M&M)" project, the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Germany and local partners will produce a national scale biomass map for the entire forest coverage of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) along with feasibility assessments of different forest protection measures within a framework of a REDD+ model project. 

The Carbon Map Component

Carla Ngoyi, Forest Carbon Officer in DRC © WWF
Carla Ngoyi, Forest Carbon Officer in DRC © WWF

A national biomass map for the DRC will enable quantitative assessments of carbon stocks and emissions in the largest forest of the Congo Basin to support the national REDD (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation) program in DRC, which plays a major role in sustainable development and poverty alleviation. This map will be developed from field data, complemented by airborne LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) and up-scaled to satellite images to accurately estimate carbon content in all forested areas. 

The Carbon Model Component

The carbon model component will assist the jurisdictional stakeholders to go ‘full circle’ with REDD+, by:

  • developing a REDD+ mitigation strategy following feasibility studies for conservation concessions, improved forest management and reduced impact logging, reduction of unsustainable shifting cultivation and improved grazing management;
  • developing a benefit sharing and distribution scheme for compensation;
  • providing technical support to the development of a jurisdictional REDD+ programme in Mai Ndombe districts and province;
  • lessons learned to feed into to the national and international REDD+ strategies.

Capacity Building

This collaborative project will support the Forest Inventory and Management Department (DIAF) along with the Department of Sustainable Development (DDD) under the supervision of the Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Tourism (MECNT), and the Satellite Observatory for the Forests of Central Africa (OSFAC) to build and reinforce technical capacity in technical aspects of REDD+. This program will also offer fellowships to Congolese scholars for advanced studies in REDD, forestry, and remote sensing.

Local capacities in emissions reductions will also be ensured through the development of a REDD+ mitigation strategy. The local staff of WWF in DRC, along with local stakeholders will be closely involved in the activities related to the development of a Jurisdictional and Nested REDD+ (JNR) approach for DRC. This will be achieved through the elaboration and provision of criteria concerning the development of procedures for monitoring of 'safeguards' for avoiding negative project impacts in order to ensure positive social and ecologic benefits, transparency and stakeholder involvement. Furthermore, regular trainings and workshops will be conducted to support local stakeholders (including WWF, district and regional managers) for the dissemination of innovative project results.

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