Media training on REDD+ and challenges in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

29 - 31 Aug 2017, IITA Campus

A woman carries a load of wood in Yangambi in the Democratic Republic of the Congo on 3 May 2017. Yangambi hosts a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve that protects a portion of the world’s second largest tropical forest. Axel Fassio/CIFOR.

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CIFOR’s Global Comparative Study on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (GCS REDD+) project has been researching and monitoring REDD+ development since 2009. Deforestation and forest degradation produce 70 percent of tropical land-use emissions and account for 10–11 percent of net global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Through comparative studies of REDD+ implementation around the world, the GCS REDD+ project takes stock of international, national and subnational REDD+ experiences to identify challenges and opportunities in designing and implementing REDD+ policies and projects.

Together with partners and the government, research is emerging on REDD+ in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). With the aim to enhance knowledge and understanding of REDD+ on the ground in the DRC, CIFOR is bringing together its partners in the DRC who are working on REDD+ together with 30 local journalists for three days of engagement, discussion and cross-pollination of ideas – all working toward the betterment of people and forests in the country. The workshop will offer key insights and up-to-date information on REDD+ in the DRC as well as research results on climate change and deforestation.

The need for specific, evidence-based answers is at the core of this work, and this workshop will support local media in producing stories based on the same.


Day 1 (29 August 2017)

  • 07:30-08:00 Registration
  • 08:00-08:45 Workshop objectives

Session 1: Climate change responses

  • 08:45-09:30 About the GCS REDD+ project
  • 09:30-10:15 Examples of climate change in the DRC
  • 10:15-11:00 Climate change actors in the DRC
  • 11:00-11:45 Coffee break

Session 2: REDD+

  • 11:45-12:30 Causes of deforestation in the DRC
  • 12:30-13:00 The history of REDD+ in the DRC
  • 13:00-14:00 Lunch
  • 14:00-14:45 REDD+ politics in the media in the DRC
  • 14:45-15:30 Maps and images in reporting on REDD+
  • 15:30-16:15 Monitoring, reporting and verification

Day 2 (30 August 2017)

REDD+ initiatives in the DRC

  • 08:00-08:45 Structuring REDD+ response by the DRC government
  • 08:45-09:30 Structuring REDD+ response by INGOs
  • 09:30-10:15 Government and international partners
  • 10:15-11:00 Conservation and REDD+ in the DRC
  • 11:00-11:45 Coffee break
  • 11:45-12:30 Agriculture and REDD+ in the DRC
  • 12:30-13:15 Fuel wood and REDD+
  • 13:30-14:30 Lunch
  • 14:30-15:15 REDD+, civil society and the indigenous population
  • 15:15-16:00 Communication strategy of the REDD+ process in the DRC

Day 3 (31 August 2017)

  • REDD+ field trip

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