Democratic Republic of the Congo
North Kivu, Green Development
North Kivu Province in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo is home to the Virunga National Park, a World Heritage Site containing a significant part of the world population of the endangered mountain gorilla. The Virunga landscape in DRC and Rwanda is the most biodiverse of all African landscapes with over 700 species of birds and 210 species of mammals. The area also holds globally threatened species chimpanzees, hippopotamus and buffaloes and Mt Ruwenzori is the third highest summit of Africa.
North Kivu Province is one of the poorest and most troubled in Africa with a continuing civil conflicts. Economic opportunities are few and this region is recognised as one of the key centres of deforestation in the Congo basin. WWF has been one of the few international organisations to maintain a presence in the region and has supported initiatives such as the successful EcoMakala reforestation and charcoal production project.
The government of North Kivu Province is now committed to initiate a process to design a financing mechanism that would support green economic development across the jurisdiction with a focus on the Virunga Landscape. This would build on the national green development, climate and SDG strategies. It would seek to access finance from both international climate and sustainable development funds such as the Carbon Fund and Green Climate Funds as well as to use this to stimulate private sector investment and activity.