Mai Ndombe REDD+ Project

Located in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Mai Ndombe is an ecologically rich and diverse area previously zoned for commercial timber extraction. It is home to 300,000 hectares of critical bonobos and forest elephant habitat within the world’s second-largest intact rainforest and some of the most important wetlands on the planet, the Congo Basin. It is also home to some 50,000 people, most of whom live on the shores of Lake Mai Ndombe.

Project Type

REDD+

Location

Mai-Ndombe, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)

UN Sustainability Goals

United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, goal number 8, Decent Work and Economic Growth.
United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, goal number 9, Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure.
United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, goal number 10, Reduced Inequalities.
United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, goal number 15, Life on Land.

How does this reduce emissions?

Wildlife Works implemented the REDD+ conservation strategy in Mai Ndombe, using carbon revenues to prevent logging contracts to be reinstated and establish sustainable development for the local community. Since the launch of the project, logging in the area has halted and with the help of reforestation programs, deforested areas have regenerated, bringing back important biodiversity and allowing for wildlife to thrive. To relieve deforestation pressure from the local community, the project has introduced sustainable farming techniques and agroforestry nurseries.

Impact by the numbers.

3.5 million

Tonnes of CO2e reductions annually

740,000 acres

of Congo Basin rainforest and critical bonobo and forest elephant habitat protected

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