Republic of the Congo

Republic of the Congo REDDThe Republic of the Congo has a large area of forest and a low historical rate of deforestation, which is likely to increase significantly as industrial agriculture expands.

Forest statistics

Forest area (2010): 224,110 km2; 66% of the total land area
Rate of change in forest area (1990-2000): -0.08%
Rate of change in forest area (2000-2005): -0.08%
Rate of change in forest area (2005-2010): -0.05%

Source: FAO Forest Resources Assessment 2010




Drivers of deforestation and degradation

The main drivers of deforestation and forest degradation are:

  • Agricultural expansion
  • Firewood production
  • Forest exploitation including illegal logging
  • Urban growth

To address these drivers the Republic of the Congo plans to:

  • Reinforce tenure security
  • Sustainably manage its forest resources
  • Improve agricultural production
  • Improve the sustainability of firewood production whilst reducing demand for this fuel

REDD+ actors and activities

The National REDD+ Coordination (CN-REDD) is responsible for advancing, coordinating and implementing the REDD+ process at national level. It is part of the Ministry of Forest Economy and Sustainable Development (MEFDD).

The National REDD+ Committee (CONA-REDD) is a proposed multistakeholder body that will steer the REDD+ process and coordinate across sectors, including forestry, mining, agriculture and energy.

Civil society organisations and indigenous people's groups have established CACO-REDD+, a platform for coordinating their engagement in the REDD+ process.

The Republic of the Congo is a beneficiary of the World Bank's Forest Carbon Partnership Facility and is a partner country of UN-REDD.

EU REDD Facility actions in Congo

In the Republic of the Congo, the EU REDD Facility focuses on strengthening institutions, building stakeholders’ capacities, and developing effective and equitable benefit-sharing mechanisms to improve land-use governance and natural resource management. For more information about our work, see the links below:


Drawing on experience to develop REDD+ benefit sharing in the Republic of the Congo

Making information on FLEGT and REDD+ more accessible in the Republic of the Congo


Strengthening the participation of civil society in REDD+ in the Republic of the Congo

Status of FLEGT Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA)

The Republic of the Congo ratified its VPA with the EU in 2013. It is now implementing the agreement. For more information see the VPA website of the Republic of the Congo, and the Republic of the Congo page on the EU FLEGT Facility's website.