The Republic of Congo (RoC) is home to 22.5 million hectares of the Congo Basin forest. With low historical rates of deforestation and forests covering 69% of the land area, RoC is a typical example of a High Forest Cover and Low Deforestation (HLFD) country. However, accelerated development has led to major infrastructure projects that have opened up previously remote forest areas to economic activity. Some of the direct drivers of deforestation in RoC include logging, agro-industrial production (palm oil), slash-and-burn agriculture and mining.
Sangha and Likouala Departments
The Republic of Congo’s ER program addresses both direct and underlying drivers of deforestation and forest degradation in the Sangha and Likouala Departments. The program is among the first in Africa to test REDD+ at scale. Program activities include engaging forest concession holders to reduce the impact of their logging operations and set aside conservation areas. The program is also working to reduce emissions from deforestation in palm oil and mining concessions by avoiding the conversion of forests with high conservation value and adopting reduced-impact mining techniques. The program supports livelihood improvements through smallholder cocoa production, agroforestry systems, and smallholder outgrower schemes, and it provides payments for environmental services for forest protection. Finally, the program includes measures to improve the management of existing protected areas, among others, through the creation of alternative income-generating activities for communities.
FCPF 2023 Annual Report
The 2023 Annual Report spotlights the groundbreaking emission reductions payments made over the past year to Costa Rica, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Indonesia, and the Lao PDR. Combined with Mozambique’s emission reductions payments to date, Carbon Fund results-based payments now total $53.2 million, with that number expected to increase to at least $300 million in the coming year.