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Meridian Institute

Advancing REDD+ in the Congo Basin

External Project Site: www.merid.org/congobasin
Related: Climate Change, Environment and Natural Resources

Meridian Institute was commissioned by the Government of Norway’s International Climate and Forest Initiative to serve as the independent convenor and facilitator of a process aimed at increasing multilateral and bilateral support for, and collaboration regarding, the implementation of REDD+ in the Congo Basin region of Central Africa. REDD+ refers to Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation, including the conservation and sustainable management of forests as well as the enhancement of forest carbon stocks. 

The Congo Basin is the world’s second-largest tropical rainforest, with more than 200 million hectares of largely intact forests that are rich in biodiversity. It is located in a region inhabited by more than 120 million people, the majority of whom are dependent upon forests, and the local ecosystem services provided by forests, for their livelihoods. Within the context of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the Congo Basin is of high importance with regard to the international REDD+ mechanism. Many Congo Basin countries are actively engaged in REDD+ initiatives. However, international support for these efforts is lacking compared to support for other tropical forest areas around the globe.  

Meridian Institute worked intensively with representatives of the Central African Forests Commission (COMIFAC) and its member countries, as well as a number of donor partner countries, to assist them in their efforts to successfully develop a Joint Declaration of Intent on REDD+ in the Congo Basin. Meridian was assisted in this effort through the engagement and support provided UN-REDD; the Africa Development Bank/Congo Basin Forest Fund; the World Bank; and the Congo Basin Forest Partnership. A number of civil society organizations, including representatives of local communities and indigenous peoples in the Congo Basin, as well as private-sector entities, provided input into the effort.  For more information, please visit www.merid.org/congobasin.


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