December 05, 2011
The project aims to conserve forest in and around the Dja Biosphere Reserve, an area known for high levels of biodiversity. The reserve is listed as a UNESCO world heritage site but is at risk from logging and poaching.
Global Green Carbon says the project will is multifaceted:
The DBR project aims to reduce deforestation and degradation and encourage an increase in carbon stocks within the 624,000 hectares of reserve, as well as reduce deforestation/degradation and reforest areas of a 15 km buffer zone surrounding the park equating to 604,500 hectares. In total the Dja Biosphere Regional REDD+ project will conserve and/or rehabilitate 1,228,500 hectares of forest in the Congo Basin. In addition, the project incorporates a comprehensive integrated land management strategy benefiting the Baka (traditional forest dwellers) and Bantu communities living in the region, as well as a research facility twinned with an educational eco-tourism lodge.
With a deforestation rate approaching 1 percent annually, Cameroon has its sights on REDD+ as a means to slow deforestation while improving rural livelihoods. The country is receiving funds through the World Bank's Forest Carbon Partnership Facility to support REDD+ readiness activities.