Reports & Analysis
DRC Launches New Report on Mapping Biodiversity Benefits from REDD+
The UN-REDD Programme recently supported the release of a new report which provides analyses on the relationship between biomass carbon stocks, biodiversity, land use designations and pressures on forests in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
On 5 July 2012, a new report entitled “Mapping Potential Biodiversity Benefits from REDD+ in the Democratic Republic of the Congo” was launched in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo. The findings of the report confirm that there is great potential to realize benefits for biodiversity from REDD+ in the DRC. Areas that store large amounts of biomass carbon overlap with areas of importance for biodiversity. Furthermore, the overlay analyses of existing land designations and biomass carbon highlight the need for the effective and sustainable management of designated areas in order to reduce environmental harm and secure the valuable assets they contain. These spatial analyses will help ensure that REDD+ implementation realizes multiple benefits. They can do so by supporting the application of national-level social and environmental standards, informing the development of REDD+ scenarios, and by communicating the potential for multiple benefits from REDD+.
In addition to launching this report, UN-REDD Programme colleagues at the United Nations Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) also used the opportunity to introduce the plan for the next phase of their work with the DRC. This second phase of collaboration has three main aims: (1) to conduct an economic valuation exercise for some selected ecosystem-based benefits provided by forests; (2) to apply spatial land use planning software as a decision-support tool for REDD+ policy making ; and (3) to assist in the definition of environmental safeguards in the process of refining national REDD+ standards. Comments on the plans for this second phase of collaboration have been invited and further liaison with relevant governmental bodies and other agencies is intended throughout this work.
The report is the output of a collaboration supported by the UN-REDD Programme between the DRC’s Directorate of Inventory and Forest Management (DIAF) of the Ministry of Environment, Nature Conservation and Tourism, the Satellite Observatory of Central African Forest (OSFAC) and UNEP-WCMC. The report launched at a workshop on MRV organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and the Ministry of Environment, Nature Conservation and Tourism in the DRC. The report is available online in French and English on the UNEP-WCMC website.
For further information on upcoming work in this area, please contact Ulf Narloch (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Blaise Bodin-Darrasse (email@example.com). For further information on the published report, please contact Monika Bertzky (firstname.lastname@example.org).