Democratic Republic of Congo - Working with Communities to Reduce Deforestation and Alleviate Poverty Project in the Virunga-Hoyo Region

Project Summary

Approval Date 28 Nov 2014
Signature Date 17 Apr 2015
Planned Completion Date 31 Mar 2018
Last Disbursement Planned Date 30 Jun 2017
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Sovereign
Sector Environment
DAC Sector Code 41010
Commitment U.A 2,062,249.75
Status Completion

Project General Description

This project, entitled « Working with Communities to Reduce Deforestation and Alleviate Poverty Project in the Virunga-Hoyo Region » is a collaborative initiative with local populations. The project aims, in the context of that collaboration, to (i) develop multiple strategies to reduce rates of deforestation; (ii) provide alternative sources of income; (iii) lay the foundations for a multiple environmental accounting system that could enable them to access supplementary carbon finance, whether under United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) regulated or voluntary market mechanisms. It's focus on the area around Virunga National Park (VNP) and within a forest corridor to the north as far as Mt Hoyo Reserve (MHR). Its implementation should permit to increase the area of conserved/managed forest beyond Virunga National Park by at least 1,500 km2. The project has four (4) components based on CBFF’s thematic areas of intervention: (i) forest management and sustainable practice, (ii) livelihoods and economic development, (iii) ecological and socio-economic monitoring and baselines, and (iv) benefits from carbon markets and payment for ecosystem services. Project coordination and management makes up a fifth component.

Project Objectives

The project aims to reduce deforestation and forest degradation in the Virunga-Hoyo region of DRC’s North Kivu whilst simultaneously alleviating poverty by creating economic incentives for poor local people to reduce deforestation and build capacity of park authorities.


The main beneficiaries of the project are the local communities and wildlife living in the corridor. The direct beneficiaries of the project will be the 2,864 households living in the 1,500km2 area of forest within 1km of the boundary of Virunga National Park and the corridor leading up to and including Mt Hoyo Reserve plus the additional 3,342 households living within the 2km buffer to the corridor and the residents of Beni and Goma. The Congolese Institute for the Conservation of Nature (ICCN), which represents the government among project partners, is the provincial or national beneficiary. Similarly, the global community will benefit from avoided deforestation and reforestation of degraded areas through reduced emissions, climate regulation and ecosystem services, as well as intrinsic/option values.

Participating Organization

Congo Basin Forest Fund
Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS)


IATI identifier 46002-P-CD-C00-037
Last Update 16 Jan 2020


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Geographic Location

Country Congo, the Democratic Republic of the
Coordinates Location Name
1.24582 29.81984 Mont Hoyo
0.91667 29.16667 Virunga National Park