The Congolese high level dialogue on the REDD+ national strategy was held 06th August 2015 in Brazzaville. The meeting was led by the Minister of the Forestry and sustainable development with the partnership of UN-REDD Programme. Three other ministers attended the meeting: Minister of Land Use Plan, the Minister of Planning and Finance and the Minister of Scientific Research. Other ministries were represented by the ministers’ chiefs of staff from the Ministry of Environment, Ministry of Mining, Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Energy and the Ministry of land tenure. This high level participation demonstrated the high commitment of the sectors and the involvement of the national high level ownership of the REDD+ process.

On this occasion, the content of the draft version of the strategy was presented.  The REDD National Strategy aimed to tackle the main drivers of deforestation and forest degradation. It is founded on 4 strategical options: an enabling option relating to the improvement of governance and 3 linked sectorial options in 3 main sector (agriculture, forestry and energy). The REDD+ Secretariat of Republic of Congo has conducted the first assessment of the financial need for the strategy’s implementation. This assessment will be refined with the current analysis carried out by the UN-REDD national programme.

The UN Resident Coordinator, particularly recognised the efforts made by the country to develop a process in line with UNFCCC technical request and encouraged the country to continue in this way. During his speech, the UN Representative encourage the REDD+ Secretariat to continue its efforts and expressed his full support to the REDD+ process in Congo.

This meeting is the result of the first bilateral exchanges between the REDD+ Secretariat and the sectorial ministries. A panel of experts from different ministries will continue to strengthen and consolidate the REDD+ national strategy leading up to a presentation on reference levels during the COP21 in Paris.

For the Republic of Congo, REDD+ is a tool which will help the country to tackle its deforestation and forest degradation and will contribute at the same time to reduce climate change, to promote green economy and to create long term positive incentives.