Existing domestic restoration targets

Existing targets:

1,001,000 ha

Forest land

Land where forest is, or is planned to become, the dominant land use

If the land is without trees, there are two options:

Planted forests and woodlots

Planting of trees on formerly forested land. Native species or exotics and for various purposes, fuel- wood, timber, building, poles, fruit production, etc.

Existing restoration targets

1,000,000 ha

Natural regeneration

Natural regeneration of formerly forested land. Often the site is highly degraded and no longer able to fulfill its past function – e.g. agriculture. If the site is heavily degraded and no longer has seed sources, some planting will probably be required.

Existing restoration targets


If the land  is degraded forests:


Enhancement of existing forests and woodlands of diminished quality and stocking, e.g., by reducing fire and grazing and by liberation thinning, enrichment planting, etc.

Existing restoration targets


Agricultural land

Land which is being managed to produce food

If the land  is under permanent management:


Establishment and management of trees on active agricultural land (under shifting agriculture), either through planting or regeneration, to improve crop productivity, provide dry season fodder, increase soil fertility, enhance water retention, etc.

Existing restoration targets


If it is under intermittent management:

Improved fallow

Establishment and management of trees on fallow agricultural land to improve productivity, e.g. through fire control, extending the fallow period, etc., with the knowledge and intention that eventually this land will revert back to active agriculture.

Existing restoration targets


Protective land and buffers

Land that is vulnerable to, or critical in safeguarding against, catastrophic events

If degraded mangrove:

Mangrove restoration

Establishment or enhancement of mangroves along coastal areas and in estuaries.

Existing restoration targets

1,000 ha

If other protective land or buffer:

Watershed protection and erosion control

Establishment and enhancement of forests on very steep sloping land, along water courses, in areas that naturally flood and around critical water bodies.

Existing restoration targets


More information

Detailed Analysis: Relevant Content for Republic of the Congo's Domestic Plans and Multilateral Programs

REDD+ Readiness Preparation Proposal (R-PP)

  • R-PP (Sep. 2011) Section 2b Strategy Options
    • Past recommendations
      • Promote agroforestry and community forestry
    • Options and Sub-options
      • Strengthen land security
        • Establish a National Land Use Plan
          • Among areas to be identified include areas of reforestation and restoration of degraded forests[i]
      • Improve agricultural productions systems
        • Promote agroforestry systems[ii]
      • Streamline production and the use of wood energy
      • Promote A/R to improve fuelwood supply[iii]

[i] R-PP – page 69, 70; [ii] R-PP – page 78; [iii] R-PP – page 80

National Climate Strategies & Plans

  • DSCERP (2012) (National Development Plan of Congo 2012-2016)
    • 600,000 ha plantations through reforestation/regeneration – contributing toward the PRONAR 1 Mha target[i]
  • PFRC (2014) (Republic of Congo Forest Policy 2014-2025
    • A/R 1,000,000 ha plantations[ii]
  • PRONAR (National Program for A/R) Programme National d’Afforestation et de Reboisement (Est. cost $600 M)[iii]
    • Objectives: 1 Mha public/private plantations with exotic and native species
    • Forest plantations in savanna areas[iv]
    • Forest restoration with native species[v]
    • Orchards[vi]
    • 2011-2020 target: 1,000,000 ha forest plantations and agroforestry[vii]

Restoration Target: 1,000,000 ha

[i] DSCERP – page 22; [ii] PFRC – page 32; [iii] R-PP – page 81; [iv] R-PP – page 81; [v] R-PP – page 81; [vi] R-PP – page 81; [vii] R-PP – page 81

Emission Reductions Program Idea Note (ER-PIN)

  • ER-PIN (July 2014) Section 5.3
    • Forestry[i]
      • Enhancing carbon stocks through silvicultural techniques and reforestation and agroforestry activities
    • Agriculture/Agro-industry[ii]
      • PRONAR: National Afforestation and Reforestation Programme – 10 year program of 1,000,000 ha forest/agroforestry plantations[1]
      • Community agroforestry plantations
    • Primary Project Activity 5: Afforestation/Reforestation and Community Agroforestry
      • Target degraded lands for community agroforestry planting activity
      • Wood for energy, charcoal production, agriculture products
  • Timeline: 2016-2020 ER Program[iii] and the overall Congo ER program is 2016-2050

[1] not included in total because the target is alredy accounted for in the National Climate section

[i] ER-PIN – page 19; [ii] ER-PIN – page 19; [iii] ER-PIN – page 16

Global Environment Facility (GEF)

  • 4083 PIF: CBSP-Integrated management of mangrove and associated wetlands and coastal forest ecosystems of the Republic of Congo (2011-2013)
    • 1,000 ha mangrove restoration[i]
    • Budget: $950,000 grant + $1,150,000 co-financing = $2,100,000

Restoration Target: 1,000 ha

[i] GEF 4083 PIF – page 2


DSCERP (2012). National Development Plan 2012-2016. http://www.afdb.org/fileadmin/uploads/afdb/Documents/Project-and-Operations/Congo_-_Document_de_strat%C3%A9gie_pour_la_croissance_l_emploi_et_la_r%C3%A9duction_de_la_pauvret%C3%A9__DSCERP_2012-2016_.pdf

ER-PIN (2014). Emission Reductions Program Idea Note, Republic of Congo. FCPF. https://www.forestcarbonpartnership.org/sites/fcp/files/2014/september/Republic%20of%20Congo%20ER-PIN%20final%20version%2011%20%28Clean%29_English_10%20July%202014.pdf 

GEF 4083 (2009). PIF: CBSP-Integrated management of mangrove and associated wetlands and coastal forest ecosystems of the Republic of Congo. GEF. http://www.thegef.org/gef/sites/thegef.org/files/gef_prj_docs/GEFProjectDocuments/Biodiversity/Congo%20-%20(4083)%20-%20CBSP-%20Integrated%20management%20of%20mangrove%20and%20associ/09-4-09%20PIF%20document%20sign%20copy.pdf

PFRC (2014). Republic of Congo Forest Policy 2014-2025. http://www.mefdd.cg/no_cache/publications/?tx_abdownloads_pi1%5Baction%5D=getviewclickeddownload&tx_abdownloads_pi1%5Buid%5D=9

PRONAR (n.d.). National Program of Afforestation and Reforestation. Ministry of Forest Economy and Sustainable Development. http://www.pronarcongo.org/en

R-PP (2011). Proposition pour la Preparation a la REDD (RPP), Republique du Congo. FCPF. https://www.forestcarbonpartnership.org/sites/forestcarbonpartnership.org/files/Documents/PDF/Sep2011/RPP_de_la_R%C3%A9publique_du_Congo_Version_finale_16_Septembre_2011.pdf