Congo (the) Announcements

When we talk about carbon stocks, we often talk about forests. At the same time, often-overlooked peatlands represent one of the largest stores of carbon on the planet. The Global Peatlands Initiative’s (GPI) 3rd Meeting of Partners, gathered more than 300 participants from all over the world to put peatlands back on the climate change agenda. Twenty four partners, including three countries, discussed the crucial role that robust monitoring systems and appropriate policies play in improving the overall management of peatland landscapes. After two days of intensive high-level meetings and discussions, the governments of the three most peat-rich countries in the world – the Republic of Congo, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Indonesia – signed a declaration aimed at protection and sustainable management of this valuable resource, better known as the Brazzaville Declaration.

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In January 2017, scientists announced new discoveries showing that the Central Congo Basin Peatlands form the largest area of peat swamp forest in the tropics. Estimates of soil organic carbon stocks in the Republic of Congo and Democratic Republic of Congo have radically increased as a result, to some 30 Gt. Degradation of these peat carbon stocks could have serious impacts on climate. 

 

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Technical experts gathered in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire at the fourth and final  regional “Training the Trainers” Workshop to share their knowledge on REDD+ Monitoring, and Measurement, Reporting and Verification. The workshop was hosted by the Global Forest Observation Initiative (GFOI) & GOFC-GOLD from 6-10 February 2017.

 

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To protect against potential risks and promote benefits from REDD+, seven safeguards must be supported throughout the implementation of REDD+ actions. These are known as the "Cancun safeguards", and were agreed at the 16th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate held in Cancun in 2010 (COP16).

Many UN-REDD partner countries are developing safeguards approaches and information systems with UN-REDD Programme support. To help share the latest information on country progress, this page includes links to workshop reports and materials (especially from 2015 onwards) as well as more formally published outputs. Spatial analysis products whose goals include safeguard support are found on the Multiple Benefits Country Resources Hub.

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A wealth of global knowledge products are also available on the Safeguards Technical Knowledge page.  

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The Republic of Congo recently completed an economic analysis of the costs and benefits of its strategic options for REDD+ and a review of financing sources for the implementation of its National REDD+ Strategy. This is the first part of a conversation between UN Environment's Emelyne Cheney and Jonathan Gheyssens about their experience of supporting the country with this challenging but decisive piece of work.

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What is CAFI, the Central Africa Forest Initiative ? How does it work ? What does it seek to achieve, and how is it different ? This new CAFI Poster (ENG) / Poster CAFI (French) has answers! 

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The UN-REDD Programme has directly supported five countries in preparing their forest reference level /forest reference emission level (FRL/FREL) submission to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). With their FRELs now submitted, the Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Paraguay, Viet Nam and Zambia now have a benchmark for assessing their country’s performance in implementing REDD+. 

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Many UN-REDD Programme partner countries are developing approaches to ensure that their REDD+ plans take account of the Cancun safeguards, including through enhancing social and environmental benefits. This is the country resource hub for multiple benefits, please also see the safeguards hub for resources on country approaches to safeguards and safeguard information systems.

UN-REDD Programme supported outputs on planning for additional benefits are available below.  Mapping tutorials and tools are also available (in English, French, Mongolian, Spanish and Vietnamese). 

 

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A new video has been launched highlighting lessons and experiences on Safeguards from Africa. The video provides key lessons learned and experiences from participating countries in the UN-REDD Programme Africa Regional Exchange on Country Approaches to Safeguards held in Nairobi in June 2015. The workshop brought together 33 participants from 19 African countries, and 3 participants from Costa Rica, Mexico and Viet Nam. The video highlights participating countries’ opportunity to share experiences and jointly build capacities on country approaches to the Cancun safeguards during South-South Learning Exchanges.

 

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In the Republic of Congo where approximately 69% of the land is covered by forests, the tenure security of forests is a critical consideration. From 6-8 October the Congo hosted its first national workshop on the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure (VGGT).  This national event brought together stakeholders and high level decision makers from various sectors to discuss the relevance of the VGGT for the Congo.  

Building on synergies between REDD+ efforts to manage forests more sustainably and the opportunity to collaborate more closely with other relevant ministries and sectors, the REDD+ Focal Point, Mr. Georges Claver Boundzanga delivered a stimulating presentation on the first day.  He introduced REDD+ and described the important tenure aspects which are part of the country's REDD+ Strategy.  Georges' emphasized the important linkages between tenure and forestry and welcomed collaboration to achieve mutually beneficial goals.  

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Six African nations have agreed with donors on a plan to protect the tropical forests of the Congo basin, the second biggest in the world after the Amazon's, to help ease poverty and combat climate change -- with the support of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the World Bank and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

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The forest cover change map of Republic of Congo for the period 2000-2012 was created by the National Centre for Assessment and Management of Forest Resources and Wildlife (CNIAF) with FAO's technical assistance through the UN-REDD Programme.

La carte de changement de couvert forestier en République du Congo pour la période 2000-2012 a été réalisée par le Centre National d’Inventaire et d’Aménagement des Ressources Forestières et Fauniques (CNIAF) avec l’assistance technique de la FAO à travers le Programme ONU-REDD.

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The Congolese high level dialogue on the REDD+ national strategy was held 06th August 2015 in Brazzaville. The meeting was led by the Minister of the Forestry and sustainable development with the partnership of UN-REDD Programme. Three other ministers attended the meeting: Minister of Land Use Plan, the Minister of Planning and Finance and the Minister of Scientific Research. Other ministries were represented by the ministers’ chiefs of staff from the Ministry of Environment, Ministry of Mining, Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Energy and the Ministry of land tenure. This high level participation demonstrated the high commitment of the sectors and the involvement of the national high level ownership of the REDD+ process.

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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.

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The Republic of Congo will host the 9th meeting of the Un-REDD Policy Board on 26-27 October 2012

From 23 to 27 January 2012 a joint mission by UN-REDD, FCPF and EU-REDD seeks to finalize and validate the Draft National UN-REDD Programme, finalize the framework for civil society organization, refine REDD+ priorities for the country and strengthen the capcity of national stakeholders on a number of topics. More details, including participants and agenda, on the Republic of Congo/ Mission folder here.

From 23 to 27 January 2012 a joint mission by UN-REDD, FCPF and EU-REDD seeks to finalize and validate the Draft National UN-REDD Programme, finalize the framework for civil society organization, refine REDD+ priorities for the country and strengthen the capcity of national stakeholders on a number of topics. More details, including participants and agenda, here.

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