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DRC Reforestation Project, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)

Become a part of the DRC Reforestation Project in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Experience the transformative power of this project as it will take root near Kikwit, DRC, fostering a thriving environment for biodiversity, enhancing livelihoods, and promoting sustainable agriculture. 

Project general info

Location
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Project goal
The project aims to restore large areas of degraded land through reforestation, helping to revitalise biodiversity and create sustainable economic opportunities for local communities.
Team members
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Nicholas Wall
Head of New Projects

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Angel Armas
Forestry specialist, PhD candidate

Project description

The DRC Reforestation Project is a visionary reforestation initiative dedicated to the restoration of over 22,000 hectares of degraded land in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). This endeavour seeks to breathe new life into an ecosystem facing significant challenges by focusing on the strategic planting of indigenous species. The project aims to revitalise the landscape, bolster biodiversity, and foster sustainable economic opportunities for local communities.

Project ID
Currently in the feasibility study phase.
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Social benefits for local communities

The project will offer profound environmental and social advantages. On a societal level, the project's impact will be transformative for the communities within and adjacent to the project site. It will generate employment opportunities in tree planting, maintenance, and related activities, thereby elevating the livelihoods of residents. The project also seeks to enhance sustainable agricultural practices, offering an invaluable boon to the community. This additional investment will not only bolster food security but also promote environmentally sound agricultural methods. Simultaneously, it will channel resources towards providing key services such as education and healthcare, addressing crucial needs in an underserved rural area of the DRC.

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Environmental impact through reforestation

This initiative, focused on planting native trees, aims to reestablish vital forest cover, fostering biodiversity in a region of global ecological significance. It is set to significantly contribute to carbon sequestration, whilst revitalising native vegetation will fortify the resilience of the local ecosystem, affording it protection against further degradation. The project holds immense potential benefits, delivering a combination of environmental restoration, economic empowerment, and social upliftment.

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Project timeline

To be confirmed soon.

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The DRC Reforestation Project pipeline

  • New projects
  • Feasibility study
  • Project design
  • Project validation
  • Project implementation
  • Periodic verification
  • Project completion

The project's impact

This project is set for positive transformation, benefiting both the environment and local communities. It will positively affect local communities by creating employment opportunities in tree nurturing and upkeep, enhancing livelihoods. It acts as a catalyst for sustainable agriculture, ensuring food security and promoting environmentally sound methods. It also addresses critical needs in education in an underserved area of the DRC. By planting native trees, the project uplifts communities, fortifies the local ecosystem, and shapes a positive trajectory for the environment in the region.

 
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Types of trees
Acacia mangium
Terminalia superba
Khaya senegalensis

Where the project is located

vecteezy_democratic-republic-of-the-congo-flag-official-colors-and_6920450 Near Kikwit, the Democratic Republic of the Congo

About this region

Kikwit is located in Kwilu Province, Democratic Republic of the Congo. This region is known for its persistent waterborne diseases and anthropised farming environment. Sadly, the forests in Kwilu are under threat from small-scale logging, requiring restoration and reforestation efforts. Kwilu Province faces common environmental challenges, but it has become a focus for forest conservation projects in alignment with broader efforts in the country. The province has a humid tropical climate with distinct rainy seasons.

DRC Reforestation Project diaries

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What we will achieve with this project

7.1M

trees to be planted

5.7M

tonnes CO₂ to be captured

22,357

hectares to be restored

Find out more in the project booklet

Join us to witness the incredible transformation as we breathe new life into once barren lands. Together, we can make a lasting impact and leave a legacy of environmental stewardship for future generations.

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Project investment process

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Assess your environmental footprint

The first step is to measure and understand the impact of your business and commit to environmental responsibility. By doing so, businesses benefit the planet and gain a competitive edge. We prioritise nature restoration, offering businesses a path to a greener future. With our carbon footprint calculator, you can get clarity on your business’ environmental impact.

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Invest in environmental solutions

Once you've measured your impact, the next step is to offset your carbon footprint and develop strategies that leverage nature-based solutions. Carbon offsetting is about investing in positive environmental impact. Our nature-based approach ensures you contribute to tangible, nature-positive outcomes that align with your values and vision, contributing to a more sustainable world.

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Report on your nature-positive impact

After you have offset your carbon footprint, you can celebrate being nature positive. You can communicate your positive impact to stakeholders. DGB can help you with your ESG reporting as well as corporate communication strategies. This isn't just about accountability and transparency; it's an opportunity to inspire others and showcase the tangible benefits of investing in nature conservation.

Article 6 of the Paris Agreement

In the context of international carbon markets and the Paris Agreement, the DRC currently does not have finalised national legislation corresponding with the internationally established Article 6 framework. The DRC is formulating its approach and structure for Article 6 and its broader implications.


How can we help you?

At the core of our mission lies the preservation of nature and the fostering of biodiversity. DGB Group is actively working to restore nature. Join us in creating a greener future through impactful nature-based projects. Reach out to us to learn more about our work.