Publication report -Democractic Republic of Congo: Mapping REDD+ Finance Flows 2009-2014

 

 

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The Democratic Republic of Congo is one of thirteen countries participating in the global REDDX initiative which tracks REDD+ finance from donors through international recipients and intermediary organizations to in-country recipients and ultimately to REDD+ projects on the ground. This report presents the results of the initiative’s findings as it tracked REDD+ finance in the DRC for the years 2009 to 2014.

 

 

The DRC is one of thirteen countries participating in the global REDDX initiative to track REDD+ finance from donors through international recipients and intermediary organizations to in-country recipients and ultimately to REDD+ projects on the ground. The full suite of REDDX countries currently includes: Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, Ecuador, and Peru in Latin America; the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Ethiopia, Ghana, Liberia, and Tanzania in Africa; and Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, and Vietnam in Asia-Pacific.

 

In order to enhance the role of forests in the search for synergies between mitigation and adaptation to climate change, the DRC has been committed since 2009 to the process of Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD+). In May 2009, the National REDD+ Coordinator was recruited. The DRC REDD+ team has been gradually strengthened, and national coordination was formally established by decree in November 2009 through the creation of two planning and decision-making bodies, namely the National REDD+ Committee and the REDD+ Inter-ministerial Committee.

 

 Awareness building, consultations, and studies have since been undertaken. In March 2010, the Advisory Board of the UN-REDD Program and Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) Participants Committee approved additional funding for the implementation of the Readiness Preparation Proposal (R-PP) in DRC (US$5.5M from UN-REDD and US$3.4M from the FCPF). The National REDD+ Coordination Unit then set out the preparation process for REDD+ (phase 1) in order to allow the country to enter into the investment phase (phase 2).

 

The pace of implementation of the program has remained very stable, with the national REDD+ process making many advances and entering its investment phase during this year 2015. Many technical and financial partners have contributed to the REDD+ process in the DRC. For the preparation phase, major donors have been the FCPF, the government of Norway, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

 

The results of the REDD+ finance tracking initiative in the DRC show that from 2009 through 2014, US$264,286,908 was committed to support REDD+ in DRC, while US$151,287,727 was disbursed by the original donors and international recipient/intermediary institutions to in-country recipients. This represents a 57% disbursement rate against committed funds over the five-year period.
 

 

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