Cameroon, Congo, Gabon
TRIDOM: Tri-National Dja-Odzala-Minkébé
Spread over three countries – Cameroon, the Republic of Congo and Gabon – the Tri-National Dja-Odzala-Minkébé (TRIDOM) transborder forest covers 178,000 km², or 10% of the Congo Basin rainforest.
TRIDOM is a forested area that spans Cameroon, the Republic of Congo and Gabon. It contains large numbers of elephants, chimpanzees and gorillas, as well as numerous other species and habitats. The area covers some 178,000 square kilometres, 97 percent of which is forest, making it a large and productive carbon sink. Illegal logging, large-scale mining, poaching, and forest conversion for commodity crops has made the area vulnerable and is threatening its ecosystem. A comprehensive effort is underway to combat wildlife crime, designate protected areas and institute sustainable forest management. The World Bank Carbon Fund has earmarked $280 million in climate finance to reduce forest emissions in the area.
The Lab is designing an action plan to mobilise finance from multiple sources, including the Carbon Fund, for sustainable management, with a premium placed on conservation and ecosystem restoration. The aim is to develop a network of protected areas, enabling the development of local communities via the sustainable use of natural resources, and incentives for participating in conservation.
Recently, staffing has been shored up to implement the programme with two landscape leads hired in Cameroon and Gabon. Additionally, the government of Congo has endorsed the converting of one of the country’s largest palm oil concessions into a carbon project and is working with the government of Cameroon to include an idea for TRIDOM sustainable land use into Cameroon’s Green Climate Fund Country Programme.