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Democratic Republic of the Congo

Last Updated
May 2023
8 Mha
Committed Area to Restore by 2030
59 %
Forest Cover

AFR100 Focal Point, DRC

Projects in Democratic Republic of the Congo

Our Approach


Steps to Success

Stakeholder involvement

All stakeholders in the sector of Sustainable Lands and Water Management have been it involved in the process of LDN target setting. The stakeholders are grouped into different groups as the following: 

  • Primary actors: Land use managers including farmers, land owners, women, youth, business men, and local communities; 
  • Secondary actors: The Government institutions including national and decentralized entities ( Forests, Agriculture, Mines, Environment etc …);  
  • Interested groups such as national experts, NGOs working in the domain of natural resources management, International Organizations working in the same domain and international organizations implanting big development projects, private sector and financial institutions.

 A coordinating mechanism/platform

The coordination mechanism and implementation progress is guaranteed by LDN working group of the Democratic Republic of Congo (RDC) and it is daily supervised by the National focal person. The Working Group is composed by Government Ministries, implementing agencies, NGOs, Development partners , Private sector and Civil Society Organizations (CSOs).  
Mandate of the working group was set by all the LDN partners. According to this mandate, the objective of LDN working Group is to support implementation of identified activities in Democratic Republic of Congo and to promote integration of LDN into existing policies and plans of activities across the sectors.

Capacity building

The Democratic Republic of Congo recognizes physical land degradation as a serious issue. In rural areas, agriculture  is considered the main cause of degradation. The Government and its partners, made out the need for capacity building of government officials in agriculture intensification, intercropping systems and erosion control measures. LDN is now mainstreamed into existing land use policies, programs and administration systems and current projects are always reflecting land degradation neutrality in all of their aspects. The institutional and financial capacities are needed to improve forests landscape restoration at provincial and national levels. The information sharing on forest landscape restoration, partnership, monitoring and evaluation of the interventions is very key towards the success of land degradation neutrality by 2030.


The Democratic Republic of Congo improved its partnership with stakeholders to successful implement land restoration targets and to bring back functionality of degraded landscape as well as to make Congo neutral land degraded country. Partnerships in LDN is very key for the country to move forward together as well as to accelerate the implementation of the activities identified. Land restoration is a complex objective and all partners shall be mobilize to support implementation, monitoring and evaluation as well as to share success stories and lessons learnt. 

Key Milestones

  • National programme on the environment, forests, water and biodiversity (PNEFEB-2) formulated in 2011 which forms the guiding strategic document on natural resource management

Our Vision

The Democratic Republic of Congo envisions to restore 8 million hectares of land by 2030 through a combination of restoration approaches and strong collaboration with partners and stakeholders.

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Landscape restoration creates green jobs in Yangambi, DRC

Josephine Balila, also known as “Maman Fil” works as a community mobilizer in Yangambi, DRC. She was recruited by CIFOR-ICRAF as part of a large-scale effort to restore degraded lands. Her job is to negotiate with the local communities to ensure everyone’


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