REDD+ – Mai Ndombe, DRC (Congo)

The Mai Ndombe REDD+ Project

Bonobo (Pan Paniscus) on a tree branch. Democratic Republic of Congo. Africa

Project Number: VCS 934


Verified Carbon Standard (VCS)

Climate, Community, Biodiversity Standards (CCB) – Climate Gold, Biodiversity Gold

Technology Type:

REDD+ (Avoided Planned Deforestation)

Project Location:

Inongo Territory, Mai-Ndombe Lake District, Bandundu Province, Democratic Republic of Congo

Project Description

The project area is an ecologically rich and diverse area which includes some of the world’s most important wetlands and was previously zoned for commercial timber extraction.  It is home to Chimpanzees, Bonobos and forest elephants, and around 50,000 people.

Leading deforestation drivers are logging, subsistence agricultural practices and aggressive fuelwood/ charcoal use.

Its activities consist largely of participatory community-based conservation initiatives which reduce local incentives toward unsustainable land use, with emphasis on agricultural improvements.

It is focused on four main themes:

  • stopping planned legal and reducing unplanned illegal logging
  • agricultural improvement activities
  • village-centred capacity building through Local Development Committees (CLDs)
  • infrastructure and socio-economic development activities

Activities are funded through carbon financing and designed to reduce/ eliminate deforestation in the project area, while improving socio-economic livelihood of surrounding community.

Global location of project
Satellite image showing patchwork of forest and deforested areas

Sustainability Beyond Carbon

Generating an array of sustainability outcomes, beyond just avoiding the release of CO2 from the project area’s carbon stocks.

Proponents are working closely with the villages and communities in the project area to educate, inform, listen, learn and most importantly, to understand and respect their local customs.  They are engaged with each major village and/or seat of traditional authority, and consent to develop the project in a participatory manner was given by all traditional authorities.

The community engagement process will continue throughout the life of the project.

Project objectives include:

  • building a minimum of 20 schools
  • construction of health care centres in 5 villages plus reparation and extension of secondary hospitals in 2 villages
  • assist transportation to off-concession markets for agricultural and other products
  • provide a network of rural canteens
  • improve agricultural production techniques
  • recruit employees from local communities

Project Design, Monitoring, Validation and Verification Reports

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