PREFOREST CONGO - Project to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from forests in five departments in the Republic of Congo

PREFOREST CONGO - Project to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from forests in five departments in the Republic of Congo

Despite having historically low deforestation rates, the Republic of Congo's vast areas of forests are now under increasing threat. A major cause is slash-and-burn farming to expand agriculture and meet the energy needs of a growing population.

This project is focused in the south where most communities practise subsistence farming and more than 80 percent depend on fuelwood as their main source of energy. The project consists of three integrated components focusing on the poorest communities in the target area. These comprise securing land access for small farmers; establishing fuelwood plantations and productive agroforestry systems; and improving market access for farmer groups while strengthening financing for agroforestry value chains.

Total project value


Tonnes of emissions avoided






Result areas

Project timeline


23 Jan 2020 - 422 days

Funding proposal received

23 Jan 2020

Cleared by GCF Secretariat

13 Aug 2020

Legal opinion on AE's Internal Approval

12 Oct 2020

Cleared by iTAP

15 Feb 2021


19 Mar 2021 - 187 days so far

Approved by GCF Board

19 Mar 2021

FAA executed

26 Mar 2021

Under implementation


One region

  • Africa

One country

One priority group

  • African States
  • Financing
    • Private sector
    • Public sector
  • Size
    • Micro
    • Small
    • Medium
    • Large

GCF financing

GrantUSD 28,988,852
Total GCF Financing
USD 28,988,852


Co-FinancingIn-kindUSD 9,015,286
Co-FinancingLoanUSD 1,563,000
Co-FinancingGrantUSD 7,000,000
Total Co-Financing
USD 17,578,286

GCF Contacts

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GCF Communications
Phone +82 32 4458 6338 (KST)
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Project complaints and grievances

GCF Independent Redress Mechanism (IRM)
Phone +82 32 458 6485 (KST)
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Integrity issues

GCF Independent Integrity Unity (IIU)
Phone +82 32 458 6155 (KST)
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Accredited Entity

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
Ms. Elizabeth A. Bechdol
Deputy Director-General
Phone +39 06 57051800
Ms. Maria Helena Semedo
Deputy Director-General
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National Designated Authority

Ministry of Tourism and Environment
Mrs. Arlette Soudan-Nonault
Minister of Tourism and Environment
Mr. Vidalie Jean Frédérique Andea
Head of Research
11e Etage de la Tour Na bemba, Centre-ville, Brazzaville, Congo
Phone +242 2228 11 792
Phone +242 06 660 92 02