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posted on 14 May, 2014

Congolese Jurisdictional REDD+ Program Accepted into the FCPF Carbon Fund Pipeline

In April 2014, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has submitted an Emissions Reductions Program Idea Note (ER-PIN) for the Mai-Ndombe Province to the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF). The FCPF comprises two funds, the Readiness Mechanism and the Carbon Finance Mechanism through which the FCPF will pilot incentive payments for REDD policies and measures in eight or nine developing countries.

FCPF accepted the Congolese ER-PIN during its 9th Carbon Fund meeting. Hence the proposal joins Costa Rica in the pipeline of countries which are shortlisted for performance based payments by the Carbon Fund based on emission reductions. DRC’s program envisages a total of 60 million US dollars in emissions reductions payments up to 2020. The program area covers approximately 9.85 million hectares of forested land and will be the first jurisdictional-scale REDD+ program in Africa. It is also the largest REDD+ program proposed to FCPF so far.

The Carbon Map and Model Project supported the National REDD+ Coordination Committee (CN-REDD+) in the finalization of DRC’s proposal. This included technical support in the design of the reference emission level and the related monitoring, reporting and verification scheme. The project is financed by the International Climate Initiative of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety and is implemented through KfW Development Bank, the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and GFA Consulting Group. The project will continue to support ER process through technical support in the development of a jurisdictional REDD+ crediting mechanism. In addition, a carbon stock map at national scale will be developed that pilots an innovative light detection and ranging (LiDAR) technique.

Victor Kabengele, national coordinator for the CN-REDD+ (source:
courtesy of IISD Reporting Services, photo by Franz Dejon)
Rural livelihood in Mai-Ndombe province (source: courtesy of WWF)

by  Martin Burian