Mai Ndombe, Congo (DRC)

The Mai Ndombe REDD+ Project

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

Project Number: VCS 934

Standards: VCS; CCB – Climate Gold, Biodiversity Gold

Technology Type: REDD/ Avoided Planned Deforestation (APD)

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

Project Description

Project addresses logging and leading deforestation drivers – 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); and
  • 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

Project With Benefits

Sustainability co-benefits, beyond the carbon, associated with this project include:

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 initial consent to develop the project in a participatory manner has been 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; and

recruit employees from local communities.