Smallholder Agroforestry Contributions to REDD+ in the Kinshasa Woodfuel Supply Basin, DRC


The adoption of smallholder agroforestry systems has the potential to address the two main drivers of deforestation in the Kinshasa woodfuel supply basin in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), slash-and-burn agriculture and woodfuel production. Further, it can contribute to the dual objectives of climate change mitigation and improving livelihoods through the DRC’s Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD+) program. Here we estimate the potential contribution of six different Acacia-cassava smallholder agroforestry systems to carbon sequestration, woodfuel production and income generation in the Kinshasa woodfuel supply basin. The overall potential woodfuel that can be supplied sustainably within the basin from increased woodfuel supply and reduced demand is also assessed. We further discuss the potential of including smallholder agroforestry systems within the REDD+ framework in the DRC highlighting both opportunities and barriers.

Freeman, O.; Minang, P.; Akalakou, C.; Biloso, A.; J., Mafolo;
Publications Details
Publication Type: Policy Brief
Year Published: 2015