UN-REDD: Democratic Republic Congo
With forests covering 58.9 % of land area, the DRC is home to the second largest tropical rainforest in the world and making rapid and sensible progress towards readiness. The “Coordination Nationale” (National Coordination) was recently established to pilot the REDD Process in the DRC.
This initial DRC UN-REDD programme aims at putting in place the enabling conditions for a REDD strategy in the Democratic Republic of Congo. It was elaborated through a qualitative dialogue with governmental and non-governmental stakeholders, both national and international.
The DRC REDD process, and management of readiness, are grounded in principles of:
A joint UN-REDD programme/FCPF mission was organized on 12-16 October. Its objectives were to 1) clarify roles and responsibilities of all stakeholders, including the Ministry of Environment, Conservation, Nature and Tourism, the National Coordination, and the UN-REDD Programme and FCPF 2) improve coordination of these REDD interventions 3) validate and finalize terms of reference for a MRV system 4) examine challenges related to implementation of the REDD process and 5) revise and update the workplan. At the conclusion of the joint mission the Climate Change and REDD civil society working group expressed their satisfaction about the process in a press release (English/French).
September 2009: Consultation and Awareness Raising Workshop in Bukavu
On 22-23 September a consultation and awareness raising workshop was held in Bukavu. Over one participants from the public and private sectors of the Sud-Kivu, Nord-Kivu and Maniema provinces exchanged perspectives and information on forests and climate change, the UNFCCC, deforestation and forest degradation in general, as well as on the more focused topics of the REDD national workplan, the engagement of civil society in the process and information, education and communication activities. Expectations and concerns were heard and addressed. A report of the workshop is available in French here.
August 2009: Launch Workshop in Kinshasa
Organized jointly by the Ministry of Environment, Conservation, Nature and Tourism, this workshop was co-sponsored by the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility and the UN-REDD Programme. The objective was to raise awareness on this process and to launch the REDD readiness activities.
Participated members of: the government, at the state and provincial levels, academia, civil society, the private sector, donors, international NGOs (African Wildlife Foundation, Conservation International, ONFi, Rainforest Foundation, Wildlife Conservation Society and World Wildlife Fund), the Executive Secretariat of COMIFAC and focal points from Congo Basin member countries.
The launch was articulated around three highlights: an official opening session, including remarks by Environment Ministry Mr. Jose Endundo, presentations by experts, and an official closing session. A summary of the workshop is available (in French) here.
The REDD Process in the DRC is supported jointly by the UN-REDD Programme and the FCPF.
Institutional partners include the Climate and REDD Civil Society working group, WWF, WHRC, Rainforest Foundation and ONF International and COMIFAC (Conference des Ministres en Charge des Forets d'Afrique Centrale) at the regional level.
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