Dja Biosphere Regional REDD+ Project

Initiative

Summary

The Dja Biosphere Regional REDD+ Project is a 1.2 million hectare avoided deforestation, agroforestry and reforestation project in and around the 620,000 hectare Dja Biosphere Reserve. The Dja Biosphere Reserve is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and is one of the last areas of forest in west-Central Africa that remains relatively untouched by man. However, its unique biodiversity and ecosystems are threatened by deforestation and poaching: deforestation is now occurring right up to, and even within, the margins of the reserve; whilst poaching, including of large mammals such as chimpanzee and elephants, occurs deep within the core of the reserve. Such activities not only threaten the wildlife within the reserve, but also threaten the traditional way of life of itinerant Baka communities that have lived within these forests for thousands of years.

The project aims to work with local communities to strengthen the protection of the reserve from outsiders; develop sustainable agroforestry practices and alternatives to deforestation and poaching; and reforest at least 5000 hectares of deforested land in the buffer zone. Global Green Carbon have developed this REDD+ project in collaboration with the Center for Tropical Research (CTR), a scientific research institute now based at UCLA, with 20 years experience working in the Dja.

The project’s stage 1 feasibility study is now complete, and as of May 2012, the project has moved into its stage 2 which involves a full feasibility study and carbon certification.