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The UN-REDD Programme in the Republic of Congo and REDD+ national technical partners have signed two letters of agreement to design a national REDD+ registry and implement support activities at the local-level, in order to benefit communities and support the development of the national REDD+ strategy.

 

The first letter of agreement was signed on 11 February 2015 between UNDP and SIFODD (Système d'Information pour la gestion Forestière et le Développement Durable) to design a REDD+ national registry aimed at supporting the centralization of information on REDD+ activities in the country. This tool will also support policies and measures which will contribute to the success of the REDD+ mechanism in Congo and to the REDD+ account for future results-based payments. The six month process has been launched, and technical specialists from SIFODD are now programming of the tool. The first draft of the REDD+ national registry is expected in September 2015 and will be launched during COP21 in Paris by Congo's Ministry of Forestry.

The second letter of agreement was signed on 30 April 2015, between UNDP and PRONAR (Programme national pour l’afforestation et le reboisement). The aim of this agreement is to transfer funds to PRONAR in order to implement local community-level activities for REDD+. Featured activities include the promotion and implementation of agroforestry with the development of cocoa agriculture, and cultural association for cassava and maize, local tree nurseries, and bee keeping. These initiatives present opportunities to implement concrete REDD+ activities which will benefit local communities, and will allow the National REDD Coordination team to test and adjust options for the REDD+ national strategy.

 

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