SNV has been present in West and Central Africa since the opening of the Cameroon office in 1963 and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) office in 2006, where we have spearheaded forest-environment sector interventions.
Beginning in 2011, SNV supported the execution of projects in other countries of the Congo Basin within the framework of the Congo Basin Forest Fund (CBFF). In 2013, SNV expanded its presence to include an active involvement in the execution of the Support Programme for the Conservation of Forest Ecosystems of the Congo Basin (PACEBCo).
As a technical partner of Pricewaterhouse Coppers (PwC), SNV participated as Fund Management Agent in the implementation of three regional projects in the Central African Republic (CAR) funded by the Congo Basin Forest Fund (CBFF) of the African Development Bank (AfDB). The CBFF/AfDB provides grant funds for interventions to mitigate the effects of climate change on forests of the Congo Basin in partnership with local people, communities and institutions.
First, SNV and the Tri-national Trust Fund Foundation (FTNS) are executing a project that aims to establish sustainable mechanisms for managing a network of contiguous protected areas spanning Cameroon, Republic of Congo (Brazzaville) and Cameroon.
Second, The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) works with SNV to execute a project aimed at engaging civil society actors at all levels in national REDD+ processes.
Third, the regional project implemented by the Rainforest United Kingdom (RF-UK) with support from SNV aims to provide the governments of the Commission of Ministers of Forest Countries of the Congo Basin (COMIFAC) with sound guidelines for incorporating community land rights and approaches to forest management.
Two other projects funded by the CBFF/AfDB are implemented by national civil society partners in the CAR. These include CODICOM - Comité pour le Développement Intégré des Communautés de Base and OCDN - Organisation Centrafricaine pour la Défense de la Nature. While the aim of the project being implemented by CODICOM is to improve apicultural practices and promote reforestation around the Bagandou Forest, the project implemented by OCDN sets out to mitigate deforestation and forest degradation around the Biosphère-Basse Lobaye Reserve.
SNV implementation support to the beneficiaries of these five projects includes:
Through our expanded presence in the region, SNV hopes to strengthen collaboration with other development partners in the CAR and the wider Congo Basin in order to positively impact national and regional REDD+ processes.