MappingForRights 2.3: Mai Ndombe REDD+ programme

Potentially covering an area of 12.3 million hectares in the new province of Mai-Ndombe (composed of the Mai Ndombe and Plateau districts of the former Bandundu province), the proposed REDD program could affect the livelihoods of up to 1.8 million rural people including forest dwellers and indigenous peoples. If accepted into the World Bank’s Carbon Fund, the project will trigger payments of tens of millions of dollars in financial incentives for avoided deforestation. However, big questions remain about who will benefit and what might be the impacts of attempts to transform millennia-old shifting cultivation patterns, as well to curtail hunting and artisanal production of charcoal.

New maps developed by more than 70 communities over more than 250,000 hectares in the Inongo territory could potentially provide an important basis for ensuring the free, prior and informed consent of local communities concerning this REDD programme. If properly used, the maps could also help ensure proper distribution of any benefits to different clans and villages. However, these must be accompanied by robust legislation, including on community forests, which recognises these customary units as legitimate forest management entities in their own right.

It is expected that the Rainforest Foundation UK’s (RFUK’s) Mapping and Forest Governance Programme will map the entire Inongo territory by 2017.

Log-in to the interactive map and click on the ‘See new Mai Ndombe data’ button underneath the legend for more info.