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Live from the Congo Basin: The impact of market-driven solutions that preserve forests, tackle climate change and empower indigenous communities
At COP26, $1.5 billion was pledged to protect the Congo Basin, home to the world’s second-largest tropical rainforest and the largest carbon sink. The preservation of this forest is critical to mitigating climate change, as well as maintaining biodiversity and the livelihoods of 80 million people.

This webinar will feature a panel of project and community members - including two tribal Chiefs - on the front lines of conserving the Mai Ndombe forests.

Joining live, speakers will discuss how the Wildlife Works’ Mai Ndombe REDD+ project protects 300,000 hectares (740,000 acres) in the Congo Basin. Our panel will comment on the private-sector’s role and commitment to using market-driven solutions for forest and wildlife conservation that deliver climate, biodiversity, and community benefits.


• Dr Jean-Robert Bwangoy Bankanza Bolambee, DRC Country Director, Wildlife Works
• Chief Basabo Bolombala, Chief of Ikita
• Chief Bantu Bola Bakali Ba Wema
• Engokulu Wanza, President of Grand LDC Lokanga
• Dr Bosenge Nswele, medical practitioner
• Erasme Mboba, teacher at school funded by the Mai Ndombe project
• Anne Bokutu Bolekoka, community representative
Moderated by Ian Welsh, Innovation Forum

Panel topics:

• The process for gaining community consent to begin the project
• The drivers of deforestation and economic alternatives to keep the forest standing
• How proceeds from the sale of the project’s Verified Emission Reductions are invested in communities according to their priorities that include:
o building and renovating schools for education,
o providing healthcare services such as protective gear and immunizations
o teaching agricultural diversification methods to improve security and nutrition

To view the project, watch Wildlife Work’s video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_4wHY99fm-w

This webinar is the second of our 'From the Forest Frontlines' series supported by Everland.

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Dec 10, 2021 02:00 PM in London

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