The Mai Ndombe REDD+ Forest Conservation

Project developed by Wildlife Works Carbon LLC

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Profile

location
Congo
verification
Verified Carbon Standard

Impact profile

Methodology

Forest conservation and restoration (REDD+)

Protecting endangered forests from illegal tree cutting or planting trees in areas that have already been deforested.

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Forest canopy

About the project

The Mai Ndombe REDD+ Project protects 300,000 hectares (740,000 acres) of critical bonobo 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. This project reduces the principal drivers of forest and biodiversity loss and is charting a new pathway for community prosperity through comprehensive investments into the surrounding local communities, which are among the most impoverished in the world.

Project impact to date

300,000 hectares
of critical bonobo and forest elephant habitat protected
12 schools
constructed during the project's lifetime
24.2 MtCO₂e
avoided from being emitted into the atmosphere to date

Sustainable development goals

The project supports 5 goals outlined in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Good health and well-beingQuality educationDecent work and economic growthClimate actionLife on land

3 - Good health and well-being

The project area is located in a region that is among the poorest on earth. The mortality for children under five years old is in the range of 220 per 1,000 or greater, which is one of the highest in the world. Total fertility rate remains very high, which poses a challenge to forest and biodiversity conservation. The project has helped with family planning methods. The project has also spent money to fight malaria.

4 - Quality education

The project's key contribution outside of the biodiversity conservation effort has been on building schools to encourage girls’ primary and secondary school education. Health and malnutrition issues are a consequence of the lack of mothers’ education in the country. To further address extreme poverty in the project area, has completed the construction of five school buildings and has begun the construction of 2 schools.

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