WWF - RDC: Towards “Carbon mapping and REDD+ model projects in the DRC”


Kinshasa (RDC), 24-25 September 2013 – a workshop was held to launch the project “Carbon map and model”


The Carbon Map Component: 
A national biomass map for the DRC will enable quantitative assessments of carbon stocks and emissions in the largest forest of the Congo Basin to support the national REDD (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation) program in DRC, which plays a major role in sustainable development and poverty alleviation. This map will be developed from field data, complemented by airborne LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) and up-scaled to satellite images to accurately estimate carbon content in all forested areas. The second component of the project is to develop specific approaches for model REDD projects in key landscapes. The Carbon

Model Component:
The carbon model component will assist the jurisdictional stakeholders to go ‘full circle’ with REDD+, by: developing a REDD+ mitigation strategy following feasibility studies for conservation concessions, improved forest management and reduced impact logging, reduction of unsustainable shifting cultivation and improved grazing management; developing a benefit sharing and distribution scheme for compensation; providing technical support to the development of a jurisdictional programme in Mai Ndombe district / province; lessons learned to feed into to the national / international REDD+ strategies.

The workshop which brought together REDD +partners in the DRC aimed to enhance the participants’ understanding of how to implement the project and knowledge of activities planned under this project as well as the implementation schedule for these activities. Participants will also be familiarized with the modalities for sharing information about the project to be defined later.  The different partners were equally informed of the start of the project, its objectives, schedule, and expected outcomes while, at the same time, expressing their commitment to the materialization of project activities. Furthermore, the workshop will also enable participants to understand various recommendations arising from the work groups, the carbon model and map development.


"WWF expects all stakeholders to be involved in a constructive dynamic in which we strive to develop activities for the implementation of this project. That everyone should have a clear understanding of the role he is to play, "said the WWF conservation director, Bruno Perodeau, stressing that the project would last four years and expressing the hope of seeing some concrete results within two years, such as a first draft of the map (according to le Potentiel).


With the support of the International Climate Initiative (ICI) of the Federal Ministry of the Environment, Conservation, and Nuclear Security, the implementation of the German Development Bank KfW, the "Carbon Map and Model (CO2M&M)" project, the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Germany and local partners will produce a national scale biomass map for the entire forest coverage of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) along with feasibility assessments of different forest protection measures within the framework of a REDD+ model project.




♦ Project description which generally outlines the project, both the mapping component and the REDD model projects.

 Rainfor plot methodology, which Sassan is using in Gabon

 DRC Carbon Map and Model Project – GEO Project, June 2012


♦ Q&A Carbon Map and Model Project


 The DRC launches the project "Carbon map and model " (Carbon Map and Model)
In the DRC to date, there is little reliable information on measures of deforestation emissions as well as the feasibility, impact and efficiency of implementation of emissions-reducing interventions, even though the country has long been involved in the process of reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+). With a view to evaluating and calculating national carbon emissions, it will be necessary to conduct an inventory to get a detailed and accurate estimate of carbon stocks in the entire country. This involves carbon mapping, that is, accurate quantitative assessments of carbon lost through deforestation and carbon gained through forest preservation with a view to sustainable development and poverty alleviation. Read more...



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