Bandundu, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Africa
PROJECT DEVELOPER & OWNER: Wildlife Works
START UP DATE: 2012
ESTIMATED REDUCTIONS: 5.7 million tonnes CO2e over 30 years
PROJECT TYPE: REDD+ (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation)
OFFSET STANDARDS: Verified Carbon Standard; Climate, Community & Biodiversity Standard
The Mai Ndombe REDD+ project protects over 740,000 acres of humid tropical and swamp forest located in the central part of the Congo River basin in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The project and surrounding area have been designated as a high conservation priority within the Congo Basin, the world’s second-largest intact rainforest, and provide habitat for threatened and endemic species as well as important landscape-level connectivity.
The Mai Ndombe REDD+ project was validated and verified in December 2013 under the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) and Climate, Community and Biodiversity Standard (CCB), and will avoid more than 175 million tonnes of CO2e emissions over the 30-year life of the project.
The Mai Ndombe project makes REDD+ a viable economic alternative to unsustainable commercial logging, helping to prevent the primary and secondary forest extraction that used to cause regional ecosystem fragmentation, biodiversity loss, soil degradation and wetland sedimentation. The project’s forest conservation activities not only safeguard local communities’ environmental health and economic livelihoods, but also their traditional, spiritual and cultural values.
Shortages in clean drinking water access, chronic lack of financial resources for education and healthcare, and serious concerns over food security, nutrition and economic alternatives made the need for an integrated approach to sustainable development crucial for communities in the project area. Sales from the project’s Verified Emissions Reductions therefore provide a pathway to low-carbon economic development—supporting improved access to potable water, agricultural and economic diversification, education and healthcare development, and capacity building activities that empower local communities.
—Community member and local Project Manager, Jean-Robert Bwangoy Bankanza.