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DRC and Brazil scope cooperative action on REDD+

Five REDD+ experts from the Democratic Republic of the Congo met with colleagues in Brazil from 14 to 23 May 2014 to learn about REDD+, forest governance and Brazil's model initiatives. This was an opportunity for DRC REDD+ practitioners to gain insight on federal forestry policies and analyse implementation methods in the state of Amazonas.

They aim to cooperate based on DRC's priorities for REDD+ implementation, outlined in the National REDD+ Framework Strategy. Government and civil society stakeholders met with the Congolese experts in Brasilia and Manaus, and discussed various issues including sharing, land use planning, tenure, illegal logging, agricultural efficiency and measuring reporting and verifying carbon emissions (MRV).

The Congolese visitors were briefed on ongoing initiatives in Brazil, including the government's Action Plan of Prevention and Control of Deforestation in the Legal Amazon (PPCDAM) and the Bolsa Floresta programme for payments for ecosystem services. A field visit to the Tumbira community, who live in the Rio Negro district in the state of Amazonas, demonstrated the application of sustainable forest management and benefit sharing arrangements for communities in the Amazon.

Brazil and the Democratic Republic of the Congo agreed in September 2013 to ‘promote cooperation … in environment, nature conservation, climate change and sustainable use of forest resources'. Based on their memorandum of understanding, the EU REDD Facility supported efforts of the two countries to identify opportunities for cooperation on REDD+ and forest governance.

REDD+ practitioners and policy makers from Brazil and DRC plan to build on the initial visit by developing proposals for technical cooperation projects during upcoming meetings in July in Kinshasa. The main partners in this work are the National REDD+ Coordination of DRC, the Brazilian NGO Fundação Amazonas Sustentável (FAS) and the consulting firm SalvaTerra.