Category Archives: Congo

An Apology to Future Generations: Wildlife Works and Stand for Trees Partner with Prince EA

It is our sincere pleasure to announce that Prince Ea, an American rapper and spoken word artist, has partnered with Stand for Trees on a new video that was released this morning.

Prince Ea’s work touches on social, political and educational topics and has inspired millions of people around the world to think and act on positive collective evolution. Now, Prince Ea is urging his fans to take action on the most pressing issue of our time – climate change. His latest video, “Dear Future Generations: Sorry” is a tribute to the future generations to whom we leave our planet and a reminder that how we treat our earth today matters.

Last month, Prince Ea traveled to Kenya and the Democratic Republic of the Congo to visit Wildlife Works’ pioneering REDD+ projects that demonstrate a successful way to stop deforestation by rewarding forest communities who conserve their forests, inspiring him to write this piece.

Founded by Code REDD, Stand for Trees is a first-of-its-kind consumer campaign that uses the power of social media and crowdfunding to enable everyone to take real and effective action to reduce deforestation and curb climate change. Each time we purchase a Stand for Trees Certificate, we do a tonne of good because each Certificate prevents one metric tonne of CO2 from being released into the atmosphere, all while preserving threatened forests, protecting wildlife, and empowering communities.

To help spread this message, we need YOUR help. Please help us share this video via social media to ensure support for the REDD+ mechanism continues to grow and thrive.As we approach the world’s twenty-first year of international climate change negotiations, it has never been more critical for citizens to begin demanding and building climate action. That is exactly why Prince Ea has teamed up with Stand For Trees to create an unprecedented reflection on the consequences of our climate inaction, and an inspired vision of collective change.

Trees stand for us, it’s time to stand for trees!

Project Impacts of 2014

Congo Basin Forest Canopy

Wildlife Works thanks the corporate leaders that contributed to 2014’s success of more than double that of our REDD+ projects in 2013. Here we look back at the impacts on the ground in 2014.

Kasigau Corridor REDD+ Project, Kenya

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Mai Ndombe REDD+ Project, Democratic Republic of the Congo

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Welcoming Mai Ndombe in the DRC to the Wildlife Works REDD+ Portfolio

As the largest Sub-Saharan country in Africa, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo) has a vast array of environments, peoples, wildlife, and politics. The province of Bandundu, located on the west of the country, is the most densely forested province and is highly coveted by the lumber industry.  It is currently home to many animal species such as man’s closest relative (and cousin to the Chimpanzee), the endangered Bonobo.

Photo by realanimalslife.com

A Bonobo. Photo by realanimalslife.com

The region is also home to many other animals such as forest elephants and leopards, as well as an abundance of diverse and rare native plant species.  These animals and forests, not to mention the local peoples, are under threat due to the increasing demand for high valued timber from the lumber industry, and their unsustainable forest practices.

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Wenge Tree. Photo by end-newswire.com

Logging companies desire this area largely due to its high density of Wenge trees – a highly valuable and beautiful tree – where in the Mai Ndombe region it is the most abundant in all of central Africa. Following logging, a cascade of events ultimately leading to deforestation, threatens this region as it has affected so many others in DR Congo. Compounded by intensive and unsustainable hunting, agriculture, and other pressures on the land, the area is in need of protection.

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Kids playing in the water at Bosongo Village in the project area

Thankfully for both the environment and the people of the area, Wildlife Works has acquired the “exploitation rights” (including the rights to the carbon), of two large logging concessions in the province adjacent to Lac Mai Ndombe. Instead of being logged, Wildlife Works has created a “conservation covenant” on the concessions totaling nearly 300,000ha of forest land. This is a little larger than the size of Luxembourg.

The area is now protected for the duration of the 30-year carbon project. Historically this area has been a habitat for an array of forest types, plant species, animals and habitats. It is also home to over 30,000 Congolese who work hard to survive their version of the difficult African lifestyle.

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One of the two schools the project has built located in the village of Lokanga.The chief of the village stands at the center of the photo.

In December of 2012 the project was awarded the first ever CCBA and VCS accreditation in DR Congo. Wildlife Works began selling offsets which will fund the further development of many activities for forest protection and betterment of livelihoods in the project and surrounding areas.  The project has already accomplished many things in a short time including the construction of two schools, the implementation of a mobile medical clinic, distributed school supplies, and established several agroforestry sites and demonstration gardens to help diversify and improve nutrition in the area.

A young lucena for agroforestry plots

A young lucena for agroforestry plots

Stay tuned for more updates on this exciting new Wildlife Works Carbon initiative.

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Wildlife Works is the world's leading REDD+ (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation), project development and management company with an effective approach to applying innovative market based solutions to the conservation of biodiversity. REDD+ was originated by the United Nations (UN) to help stop the destruction of the world's forests.