Norway Minister calls WWF REDD+ efforts in DRC “Environmental work at its best”

Posted on 08 April 2013  | 
WWF’s efforts in DRC related to the reduction of emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+) have been called “environmental work at its best” by Norway’s Minister of the Environment, Bård Vegar Solhjell. The minister visited WWF projects in the Mai Ndombe region of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in February 2013 during a trip to DRC to discuss cooperation on forest conservation and REDD+.The trip was also part of a USAID/CARPE program. Since 2009, Norway has contributed almost US$30 million to a range of forest conservation initiatives in the DRC.  

“WWF's work here in the region is impressive,” said Minister Solhjell. “There seems to be great ownership by the villages, and WWF is obviously building trust with local people. This is environmental work at its best.”
During his two-day visit to the area with WWF, the Minister had the chance to see endangered bonobos in their natural habitat within the community forests of Nkala and Mpelu. He also met with local community leaders regarding their participation in monitoring, reporting and verification (MRV) and participatory zoning of their village land. 
The minister’s visit also signaled the continued support of the Government of Norway for REDD+ efforts in DRC and globally. 

Reporting by Mads Lie, WWF-Norway

Media contact: Jennifer Ferguson-Mitchell, Communications Director,
Norway Environment Minister Bård Vegar Solhjell meets with the Chief of Mpelu village in the Mai Ndombe area in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
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