1. Background

Submitted by Michael Rastall 16th August 2012 11:36

This report is part of the baseline assessment conducted under the “Climate Change and Forests in the Congo Basin: Synergies between Adaptation and Mitigation (COBAM)” project. This project aims at analyzing and supporting strategies that can address climate mitigation and adaptation challenges in the Congo Basin by working with local forest communities and national governments in countries of Central Africa. The project, funded by the African Development Bank through its Support Programme for the Conservation of Ecosystems in the Congo Basin (PACEBco), is envisaged to work in the five of the six conservation landscapes established by PACEBco.

The baseline assessment comprises two parts. First, it involves the analysis of current vulnerability and adaptive capacity of the project sites in order to establish the basis for the development of future scenarios to explore future vulnerability and identify potential climate adaptation options. Second, it includes the analysis of local governance of Community Forests in order to evaluate the potentials for REDD+ pilot projects. This report covers the first analysis and focuses on the project site located in the Tri-National de la Sangha (TNS) landscape.
In sum, the baseline assessment is the first step to identify the gaps and strengths of the project site for the pilot implementation of REDD+ pilot actions and adaptation strategies taking into consideration potential synergies and conflicts. The specific objectives of this baseline assessment are:

  • Analyse the social capital in the site
  • Study the percpetions on the state of ecosystems and ecological dynamics
  • Analyse the production systems and local livelihoods
  • Study the interactions between the social actors and the ecosystems
  • Analyse the current vulnerability of local groups and their perceptions on climatic and other threats
  • Capture the perceptions on possible local strategies and social arragements that have the potential to enhance adaptive capacity in synergy with climate mitigation