The Bolomba & Ingende REDD+ is one of the first REDD+ Projects in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) supported by the Congolese government and other international organizations. Located in the north of the second largest rainforest in the world (the Congo Basin), the Bolomba & Ingende project protects approximately 493,568 hectares of forest while providing much needed infrastructure and land use services to local communities.
The volume of tons to be issued estimated: 175 million tCO2e total with the average over the life of the project (25 years) at 7M tCO2e estimated per year.
Local communities and the Ministry of Environment are included from the initial planning of the project - which is about to be validated to the Climate, Community and Biodiversity (CCBA) and the Verified Carbon Standards (VCS).
The project area - with its dense rain and swamp forest in the northern province of Equateur – is the natural habitat for chimpanzees, bonobos, different types of birds and forest elephants. Protecting this area includes protecting wildlife, watersheds, and its healthy soils. Beyond the direct climate benefits, the project conserves ecosystem integrity, healthy soils, watersheds, and wildlife habitat.
The project area is also home to more than 500,000 people living in 400 villages, who make a living from fishing, shifting cultivation and charcoal production. We work closely with local communities to facilitate community-based conservation and agricultural enhancement. In addition, several socioeconomic benefits will result from project activities including: building schools, medical clinics, vaccination programs, biomass facility, school supply distribution and capacity building workshops for employees and project area communities. Revenues from the sale of carbon credits will be channeled directly into the project region. A “Local Development Fund” will be managed by a committee of villagers who will decide on how the income will be spent on activities in their communities.
Within the REDD+ project, the first of its kind, we have integrated a renewable project within the forest conservation for the transformation of waste, agricultural and forest residues into bio-energy.
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) address the global challenges, including poverty, inequality, climate, environmental degradation, prosperity, peace, and justice. They are interconnected and are set for the year 2030. SDG 7 is focused on energy. This goal is especially important as it interlinks with all other Sustainable Development Goals. Universal access to energy, energy efficiency, and the wider spread of renewable energy are crucial for creating sustainable and inclusive communities and resilience to environmental issues such as climate change. Access to electricity is closely linked with improvements in human development, including productivity (SDG 8), health and safety (SDG 3),
gender equality (SDG 5), and education (SDG 4). The correlation between human development and electricity consumption per capita was proved by Goldemberg et al.
This project contributes significantly to the implementation of SDGs, not only through generating low carbon energy and fertilizers, but also through the reduction of methane emissions from food and farming wastes, providing energy security, reducing poverty, and improving waste management and sanitation. The project offers decentralization of energy generation. Rural and remote communities that are not connected to the electricity grids are able to produce their own from the waste, forestry and the agricultural residues and become energy self-sufficient. Also, it is a reliable energy source compared to other renewables. Once started and stabilized, the plant produces biogas on a continuous basis independently of external factors, such as the sun or wind.