Democratic Republic of Congo-Forest Investment Program (FIP)
"Developed under the leadership of the government in coordination with African Development Bank (AfDB), World Bank (IBRD), other development partners, and key Congolese stakeholders, DRC’s Forest Investment Program (FIP) investment plan is designed to enhance ongoing national REDD+ processes to address DRC’s central forest management and protection challenges. Specific investment areas include afforestation and reforestation, dissemination of improved cook stoves and charcoal making techniques, and support for communities’ capacity to sustainably manage their forest resources.
DRC’s FIP investment plan channels funding to targeted areas of deforestation in the supply areas of large cities. The FIP funds sectoral activities in key areas of deforestation in supply areas in order to address the immediate threats to DRC’ forests, as well as generate substantial emissions reductions and other co-benefits. FIP resources also aim to provide an enabling environment for sectoral activities that do not jeopardize the long-term viability of DRC’s forest resources, focusing in particular on strengthening forest governance and building the structural conditions necessary for sectoral transformations to sustainable forest management practices." (reference 3)
"The Forest Investment Program (FIP) is a targeted program of the Strategic Climate Fund (SCF), which is one of two funds within the framework of the Climate Investment Funds (CIF).
The FIP supports developing countries’ efforts to reduce deforestation and forest degradation (REDD) and promotes sustainable forest management that leads to emission reductions and the protection of carbon reservoirs. It achieves this by providing scaled-up financing to developing countries for readiness reforms and public and private investments, identified through national REDD readiness or equivalent strategies.
The FIP takes into account country-led priorities and strategies for the containment of REDD, while building on existing forest or related initiatives. It promotes programmatic investments aimed at transformational change in the forest sector or sectors affecting forests.
- Investments that build institutional capacity, forest governance and information;
- Investments in forest mitigation efforts, including forest ecosystem services; and
- Investments outside the forest sector necessary to reduce the pressure on forests such as alternative livelihood and poverty reduction opportunities.
FIP investments also mainstream climate resilience considerations and contribute to multiple co-benefits such as biodiversity conservation, protection of the rights of indigenous peoples and local communities, and poverty reduction through rural livelihoods enhancements." (reference 1)