300,000 hectares protected

Mai Ndombe REDD+

The Mai Ndombe REDD+ is the first REDD+ Project in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) supported by the Congolese government and the UN REDD Programme. Located in the western reaches of the second largest rainforest in the world (the Congo Basin), the Mai Ndombe project protects approximately 299,645 hectares of forest from complete loss of forest cover while providing much needed infrastructure and land use services to local communities. The volume of tonnes issued: 175 million tCO2e total with the average over the life of the project at 5.6M tCO2e per year.

How it Works

The Mai Ndombe REDD+ project generates emissions reductions by protecting two areas that were previously approved for logging. In the baseline (business as usual) scenario, industrial logging activities would have continued unabated, creating a network of logging roads, opening access to previously uninhabited areas, and triggering the movement of local wood harvesters into new areas. This combination of industrial logging followed by artisanal logging is a land-use change pattern seen throughout the Congo Basin that ultimately leads to a complete loss of forest cover.

Local communities and the Ministry of Environment were included from the initial planning of the project - which has now been validated to the Climate, Community and Biodiversity (CCBA) and the Verified Carbon Standards (VCS).

Other Benefits of the Installation

The project area - with its dense rain and swamp forest in the western province of Bandundu – is the natural habitat for chimpanzees, bonobos and forest elephants. Protecting this area includes protecting wildlife, watersheds, and its healthy soils. Beyond the direct climate benefits, the project will conserve ecosystem integrity, healthy soils, watersheds, and wildlife habitat.

The project area is also home to 50,000 people living in 26 villages, who make a living from fishing, shifting cultivation and charcoal production. We worked closely with local communities to facilitate community-based conservation and agricultural enhancement. In addition, several socioeconomic benefits have resulted from project activities including: building schools a mobile medical clinic, vaccination program, school supply distribution and ongoing capacity building workshops for employees and project area communities. Revenues from the sale of carbon credits will be channeled directly into the project region. A “Local Development Fund” is managed by a committee of villagers who will decide on how the income will be spent on activities in their communities.

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LocationBandundu Province, District of Lake Mai Ndombe, territory of Inongo, Democratic Republic of Congo

Project TypeREDD+

StandardVerfied Carbon Standard (VCS); Climate, Community & Biodiversity (CCB) Standard -- Gold Level