Democratic Republic of Congo

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Support to the Congo Basin Forest Fund

Canada’s Total Contribution: $20,000,000

Targeted Countries: Burundi Cameroon Central African Republic Chad Democratic Republic of Congo Gabon Guinea Sao Tome and Principe

Funding Period: 2011/2012

Delivery Partner(s):

  • Congo Basin Forest Fund

Description

The project aims to contribute to the Fund, managed by the African Development Bank, that has the twin goals of reducing poverty and addressing climate change through reducing, slowing and eventually reversing the rate of deforestation in the Congo Basin region. Around 80 million inhabitants of the Congo Basin, in particular vulnerable groups (women, indigenous peoples groups), are the main beneficiaries of the Fund. Proposed projects, selected through calls for proposals, need to be aligned with the Central African Forest Commission (COMIFAC) Action Plan and demonstrate how the proposed activities respond to poverty alleviation and ensure that people living in or close to forests can obtain increased and sustained benefits from a more valuable intact forest compared to a degraded or destroyed forest.
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Results/Expected Outcomes

Results achieved as of the end of the DFATD-supported portion of the project (March 2014) include: supporting 37 projects in all of the ten Commission des Forêts d’Afrique Centrale (COMIFAC) member countries, directly benefitting almost 88, 000 people. The Fund is operational until 2018. Some highlights of results from these projects include: (1) over 48,000 individuals participated in the production, processing and/or selling of non-timber forest products; (2) over 52,000 people in the South Kwamouth area of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) had improved access to markets and 369 farmers and unemployed people obtained temporary employment in the construction of temporary bridges and the rehabilitation of 20 kilometres of feeder roads; (3) approximately 3.3 million forest and agriculture saplings were produced and 16,500 hectares of land were planted with forestry or agroforestry tree species and agricultural crops; (4) the management plan for Central Africa’s 686,554 hectare Dzanga Sangha Protected Area was developed and validated; (5) 55 forestry and climate change related scholarships for post-graduate studies at regional and international universities were awarded, strengthening the capacity of 18 academic and technical institutions involved in training for the forestry sector and improving national experts' knowledge of Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+) and climate change; (6) in 2013, 57 forest and environment-related studies were undertaken, including the first-ever edition of COMIFAC’s Scientific and Technical Review - Forest and Environment (Revue Scientifique et Technique - Forêt & Environment); (7) 190 households in the DRC received five hectares of land each for agroforestry plantations; (8) the participation of women and indigenous people in the REDD+ process for the Congo Basin region was supported by, for example, ensuring the participation of five women and indigenous people in Cameroon’s National REDD+ Coordination Committee for the planning of activities for 2013 and conducting awareness-raising and training sessions for almost 2,000 people on REDD+ (of whom 1,340 were women and 1,590 were indigenous people) in Cameroon, Central African Republic and the DRC. All of these have contributed to ensuring that that Congo Basin governments and forest-dependent communities are able to benefit more from sustainably managed forest landscapes.

Congo Basin Forest Partnership

Canada’s Total Contribution: $2,000,000

Targeted Countries: Burundi Cameroon Central African Republic Chad Democratic Republic of Congo Gabon Guinea Sao Tome and Principe

Funding Period: 2011/2012, 2012/2013

Delivery Partner(s):

Description

The Congo Basin in Central Africa is home to one-quarter of the world's tropical forests. This vast area is critical for regional and global ecological services as it acts as a carbon sink and catchment basin. As a complement to its investment in the Congo Basin Forest Fund, Canada provided an additional $2 million to support sustainable forest management projects and promote the conservation of Congo Basin forest resources.

Results/Expected Outcomes

As the facilitator of the Congo Basin Forest Partnership (CBFP) from 2010 to 2012, Canada provided $2 million to the CBFP over years two and three of the fast start period to support technical assistance to working groups on climate change, forestry governance, biodiversity, and desertification in the Congo basin region.With support from Canada's contribution, the CBFP Facilitation provided additional support for technical assistance to working groups on climate change, forestry governance, biodiversity, and desertification.

Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs) in the Congo Basin

Canada’s Total Contribution: $780,000

Targeted Countries: Burundi Cameroon Central African Republic Chad Congo Democratic Republic of Congo Gabon Guinea Rwanda Sao Tome and Principe

Funding Period: 2012/2013

Delivery Partner(s):

Description

Canada provided support to this initiative to improve understanding and enhance capacity on the selection, design and financing of Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs) in 10 countries located in the Congo Basin Region.

Results/Expected Outcomes

Two separate activities were conducted through this project: (1) national workshops; and, (2) a nationally Appropriate Mitigation Action (NAMA) identification report in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The results of the workshop and the workshop material have been transformed into an online training tool with free world wide access (http://www.iisd.org/learning/course/index.php?categoryid=18). More importantly the project will lead to a NAMA proposal in the biofuel sector as the background document to finance the implementation of the NAMA in the DRC.

Canada Fund for African Climate Resilience: Reducing Poverty through Renewable Charcoal-based Agro-forestry Systems

Canada’s Total Contribution: $1,745,965

Targeted Countries: Democratic Republic of Congo

Funding Period: 2012/2013

Delivery Partner(s):

Description

Through the $23.2 million Canada Fund for African Climate Resilience, Canada provided support for the reduction of poverty and increase food self-sufficiency in the Democratic Republic of the Congo by increasing the production of renewable charcoal (makala) on farms that interplant acacia trees with cassava and corn.

Results/Expected Outcomes

With Canada's contribution, the project is expected to develop 100 hectares of acacia trees on the Institut des Sciences Agro-vétérinaires de Kimwenza's land to carry out applied research in agro-forestry, including the establishment of a tree nursery and support entrepreneurial training and the transfer of the agro-forestry model to 200 households, assisting each of these households to increase their annual farm income.

The expected results for this project include:
  • the increased production of cassava and corn linked with production of renewable charcoal (makala) on farms that interplant acacia trees with cassava and corn
  • increased agro-forestry and entrepreneurship developed for 200 households and 20 graduates from the Institut des Sciences Agro-vétérinaires de Kimwenza who live on the outskirts of the capital city, Kinshasa
  • improved management of agro forestry business and the creation of employment, while partly responding to the food and energy needs of communities in and outside Kinshasa

Institutional Capacity Building Support Project

Canada’s Total Contribution: $970,000

Targeted Countries: Burundi Cameroon Central African Republic Chad Congo Democratic Republic of Congo Equatorial Guinea Gabon Rwanda Sao Tome and Principe

Funding Period: 2010/2011, 2011/2012, 2012/2013

Delivery Partner(s):

Description

The objective of this project is to promote the economic growth of the countries of the Congo Basin by contributing to the creation of an enabling environment in which socio-economic actors can ensure a fair and sustainable management of natural resources and their derived products. The project supports the implementation of the Central Africa Forests Commission (COMIFAC) Action plan. The project specifically aims to support the facilitation of the Congo Basin Forest Partnership (CBFP), a non-binding partnership established in 2002 at the World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg today with today 70 organizations, including: the 10 States Member of COMIFAC, bilateral and multilateral organizations, non-governmental organizations, research institutions and private sector representatives. The CBFP works closely with COMIFAC, the sub-regional institution responsible for the orientation and harmonization of forest and environmental policies in order to promote the conservation and sustainable management of the Congo Basin forest ecosystems. These natural resources are of paramount importance for the development and growth of national economies in the region and are also the main source of livelihood of nearly 30 million people.

Results/Expected Outcomes

Results achieved as of the end of the project (March 2013) include: (i) The number of Congo Basin Forest Partnership (CBFP) members increased from 54 to 70 organizations, (ii) CBFP supported Central Africa Forests Commission (COMIFAC) in various international fora on climate change, (iii) five international conferences in four Central African countries on the conservation and sustainable management of forest ecosystems in the Congo Basin have been held gathering some 250 to 350 participants per event; (iv) COMIFAC consultation platforms in the areas of governance, biodiversity and desertification were supported technically (v) the CBFP website has been strengthened and updated regularly (vi) civil society groups, including women's groups, were supported to facilitate their participation in international fora on climate change and (vii) gender issues were integrated in the COMIFAC action plan.
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