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.
SNV supports a national NGO entitled ANDERGE - Amis de la Nature et du Développement de la Guinée Equatoriale in establishing mechanisms for the systematic monitoring of the Rio Campo Reserve.
While not yet fully operational, SNV also supports CocoaMasters CIG in introducing alternative forms of renewable energy for the processing and drying of cocoa. Additionally, this project aims to enhance the engagement of rural women in the cocoa value chain and link small-scale cocoa farmers to access international cocoa markets.
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 Equatorial Guinea and the wider Congo Basin in order to positively impact national and regional REDD+ processes.