Major Congo forest climate project agreed

Posted on 24 June 2013    
Zambia's forestry cover
Nine million hectares of forest have been earmarked for conservation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo as part of a landmark government/forest stakeholder agreement to reduce greenhouse
gas (GHG) emissions from deforestation. The programme is designed to engage over 300,000 local households, halve deforestation, reduce GHG emissions by 60 million tonnes of CO2 equivalent – the annual emissions from 12.5 million cars – and generate US$60 million in financing to advance REDD+, the UN mechanism to reward tropical forest countries for reducing GHG emissions from deforestation and forest degradation. WWF helped realize this landmark agreement by building local technical capacity, piloting REDD+ activities and stakeholder engagement.

Zambia's forestry cover
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