The EU REDD Facility (REDD = Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation) supports developing countries in improving land-use governance as part of their efforts to slow, halt and reverse deforestation. The Facility contributes to the overall EU effort to reduce its impact on deforestation in developing countries.
Total Cost (EUR): 9 424 950
EU contracted amount (EUR): 8 000 000
Duration: January 2011 - December 2017
Implementing organisation: EUROPEAN FOREST INSTITUTE
Funding Instrument: DCI - Environment and sustainable management of natural resources including energy
Benefitting zone: Miscellaneous Countries
"The EU REDD Facility works in Africa, Asia and South America. It empowers stakeholders to explore innovative solutions to reduce emissions from deforestation and improve land use governance. It is building an enabling environment for forest friendly development and investment."
Valerie Merckx, REDD+ Team Leader
As part of its efforts to mitigate climate change, the EU supports work to reduce carbon emissions from deforestation and degradation (REDD+) in developing countries. In the past, climate negotiators gave little consideration to drivers of deforestation and forest degradation such as weak governance and lack of tenure clarity. Now, thanks to cooperation at a national level with the EU Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) Action Plan, REDD+ can push forward forest governance reforms, improve stakeholder engagement and help balance competing interests over natural resources.
Brice Baketiba, National Technical Assistant for local development funds, Likoala Department, Republic of the Congo
Our work in the Republic of the Congo helps communities receive benefits from logging operations to support local development projects. Companies release the funds, but the money often gets lost through inefficient spending, bureaucratic hurdles and corruption. Villagers are still waiting for basic necessities like fishing equipment, farming supplies and water pumps.
I work in the densely forested Likoala Department of the Republic of the Congo. Communities here are impoverished, and administrative bodies lack the basic capacity to channel concession funds into projects that benefit local residents.
We find that the beneficiaries, the local communities, want to be involved and become really committed. The project’s approach is to fine-tune the system that is there rather than develop a new benefit distribution model from scratch. Improvements can be made by drawing on existing knowledge and experience.
We noticed that there were a lot of problems with the previous system. The money was not reaching the beneficiaries, the projects were badly designed, or there was no proper monitoring. We are therefore creating safeguards to make the process more accountable. Treasury administrators often receive funds in cash, without proper accountability processes. To avoid misuse of funds, proper monitoring is needed to ensure transparency. You can support community micro-projects, but if there is no effective monitoring, the project cannot be completed.
In the context of REDD+, the Republic of the Congo is exploring ways to engage communities to reduce deforestation and promote climate smart agriculture. Projects are already underway that compensate local communities for undertaking low forest impact activities. And these types of incentive systems are set to grow in number.
All the improvements that we made were of interest to the National REDD+ Coordination Committee in the Republic of the Congo. They consider this work to be a model that can be adapted to the REDD+ mechanism more widely.