The United Nations Collaborative Programme
on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation
and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries
Democratic Republic of the Congo

DRC is at the heart of the Congo Basin, where the second largest tropical forest in the world is located. Cognizant of the great potential for REDD+ in the country, DRC has forged ahead from the planning to the implementation stages of REDD+ preparedness. The initial DRC National Programme, which helped launch and structure the country’s national REDD+ strategy, transitioned into the full National Programme (Readiness Plan) after it was approved by the UN-REDD Programme Policy Board in March. DRC’s National Programme document was signed in October and funds were disbursed in November, marking the official launch of the country’s UN-REDD Programme.

With the beginning of its full National Programme, activities have moved from strategic planning to results, including completing key studies, testing REDD+ pilot projects, training of personnel, sharing knowledge at a regional level, completing in-country consultation processes and launching the country’s first university curriculum on REDD+.

National Programme Updates

Civil Society and Indigenous Peoples in the Democratic Republic of the Congo Evaluate their Participation in REDD+

June/July 2013

Evaluation intended to enhance the effectiveness of stakeholder engagement.
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Workshop Held in the Democratic Republic of the Congo on Spatial Planning Tools for Achieving Multiple Benefits from REDD+

June/July 2013

Policy-makers and technicians brought together to test software and mapping tools for the purpose of REDD+ planning for multiple benefits.
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DRC Launches New Video to Highlight its National Forest Monitoring System Portal

March 2013

The video shows how this dynamic geo-portal is a model for transparent and in-depth presentation of data, the first of its kind to be country-led and country-specific.
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DRC Shares Lessons with Tanzania on Forest Monitoring Systems for REDD+

March 2013

Last month, delegates from Tanzania visited the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to share experiences on setting up national satellite forest monitoring systems; and the DRC launches new video to highlight its National Forest Monitoring System Portal.
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New UN-REDD Success Story: DRC's Safeguard Standards

November 2012

The most recent UN-REDD Programme success story showcases the development of social and environmental standards for REDD+ in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
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UN-REDD Set to Host 9th Policy Board Meeting in Republic of the Congo

October 2012

The UN-REDD Programme's ninth Policy Board meeting will take place in Brazzaville, Republic of the Congo from 26-27 October 2012.
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DRC Advances Work on REDD+ Safeguards and Multiple Benefits

September 2012

The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) continues working on its REDD+ framework strategy, and important work is ongoing to advance REDD+ implementation.
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DRC Launches New Report on Mapping Biodiversity Benefits from REDD+

July 2012

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. Read full article…

New DRC National Forest Monitoring System for REDD+ launched at COP17 in Durban

December 2011

The DRC officially launched its National Forest Monitoring System at a COP17 side event on 2 December, 2011, demonstrating live how it works and inviting users to go online at to use the tool and provide feedback. Read full article…

Democratic Republic of the Congo at COP 17 Side-events and exhibits

December 2011

To share its vision and experiences on REDD+, the Government of Democratic Republic of the Congo hosts three events at CoP 17 on 2, 4 and 5 December. See agenda and read descriptions.

DRC Holds Successful High Level Event on REDD+

October 2011

The High Level Forum on Forests and Climate Change for Sustainable Development in DRC has just concluded in Kinshasa on 10 -11 October. A notable success, it has gathered over 300 participants, including a number of national and international officials such as the DRC Ministers for Environment, planning, Energy and High level Education, the minister of Environment of the Republic of Congo, UNEP's Executive Director, the Climate Ambassador of Norway and the UN-REDD Head of Secretariat.

Le Forum de haut niveau sur la forêt et le changement climatique pour le développement durable en République Démocratique du Congo s'est tenu à Kinshasa les 10 & 11 octobre et fut un véritable succès réunissant plus de 300 personnes, dont de nombreuses personnalités nationales et internationales: les Ministres congolais de l'Environnement, du Plan, de l'Énergie et de l'Enseignement Supérieur, le Ministre de l'Environnement de la République du Congo, le Directeur Exécutif du PNUE, l'Ambassadeur Climat de Norvège et la tete du Secretariat de l'ONU-REDD.

DRC Advances its National REDD+ Forest Monitoring System

July 2011

The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) presented the newly launched start-up phase of their national forest monitoring system at the UN Climate Change talks in Bonn last month. Read full article…

New DRC Publication Retraces Steps and Looks Forward

November 2010

In a new publication, "Inventing REDD+", DRC takes stock of its progress and leadership on REDD + in the last 2 years and examines the innovative processes being developed to allow the country to enter into the investment phase.Download it here in English and in French.

DRC Secures Critical Funding at the 4th UN-REDD Programme Policy Board

March 2010

The three countries share their reactions and game plans after the UN-REDD Programme’s 4th Policy Board Meeting approves US$14.7 million for their national REDD+ strategies. Read full article...

March 2010

DRC Holds its Course... and its Pace

With almost US$9 million in new REDD+ funding, National UN-REDD Coordinator, Fabien Monteils, highlights DRC’s REDD+ readiness priorities moving forward. Read full article...

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October 2009

Joint UN-REDD Programme and FCPF mission

A joint UN-REDD Programme / FCPF mission was organized on 12-16 October 2009. Download the mission report.



Budget: US $5.5 million

Timeframe: 2010 – 2013

Primary Partner: la Coordination Nationale


Sharing National Experiences on Transparency Accountability and Integrity for REDD+
English -

National Programme Document –DRC – as presented to the Policy Board (March 2010)

Readiness Preparation Plan – DRC – as presented to the Policy Board (March 2010)

Press article – Universite d’ete in DRC – 18-27 August 2010


Fidèle Sarassoro
UN Resident Coordinator
Democratic Republic of Congo