At the request of the government of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo), UNEP formally established a comprehensive environmental recovery programme in 2008, with a view to assessing the current state of the environment and natural resource management in the country. The UNEP programme, which will be implemented over two years, entails the delivery of a broad national-scale post-conflict environmental assessment (PCEA), as well as the development of a nationally-owned action plan and associated outputs, with the aim of supporting the sustainable development of the country.
The UNEP programme is set in the context of DR Congo’s recovery from conflict in the 1990s and onwards, and ongoing instability in the east of the country. The PCEA will evaluate the state of the environment and natural resource management in DR Congo, through a combination of extensive fieldwork, desk studies and remote sensing. As part of UNEP’s overall assistance to the government, a coherent, forward-looking national action plan will also be designed to address major environmental issues in the country.
In varying levels of detail, the recovery programme will address the following thematic areas: conflict and peacebuilding, population displacement, natural hazards, climate change, transboundary natural resource management, the impact of foreign aid and investment, urban areas, environmental health, forestry, agriculture, industry, oil and gas, mining, water, wildlife, and protected area management. Environmental governance will be both a cross-cutting theme and the subject of a dedicated study examining the country’s legislation, policies and institutional capacities.
Delivered from a newly established project office in Kinshasa, the environmental recovery programme in DR Congo is both a nationally-owned and a One UN process. Indeed, not only are several UN agencies supporting the delivery of the various programme components, but the national government, NGOs and local communities have been critical partners of the project from its inception.
For more information on UNEP's programme in DR Congo please contact Hassan Partow, Programme Coordinator on: firstname.lastname@example.org