BCI is working with Congolese and international partners to establish locally-run reforestation projects under the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) of the Kyoto Protocol. CDM allows industrialized nations and corporations to invest in carbon emission reductions around the world by way of the promotion of energy efficiency, renewable energy, or reforestation.
We are currently in the process of obtaining final UNFCC validation for a reforestation project titled: Bonobo Peace Forest: Reforestation using Native Species in the Maringa-Lopori-Wamba region (Democratic Republic of Congo).
BCI and local partner Vie Sauvage are working with Italian partners to develop and implement the project. Partners include the University of Florence, Associazione di Volontari per il Servizio Internazionale (AVSI), and Infrastrutture e Servizi S.p.A (IN.SER).
This project benefits bonobo and biodiversity conservation by reversing degradation and restoring the integrity of key forest blocks. It will bring substantial benefit to the local communities in and around the Kokolopori Bonobo Reserve, by providing income over the next 25 years to support conservation, sustainable development and community services. This income will support Peace Forest communities actively engaged in conservation, providing economic incentive to restore and protect the forest.