French energy company Total has announced that it has partnered with Foret Resources Management to plant a 40,000-hectare forest in the Republic of Congo, as companies around the world step up their environmental policies.
Total said Tuesday that the forest would create a carbon sink that would sequester more than 10 million tons of CO2 emissions over 20 years.
Total and Forêt Ressources Management have signed a partnership agreement with the Republic of Congo to plant a 40,000-hectare forest on the Batéké Plateau.
This ambitious and exemplary project is part of PRONAR, the national afforestation/reforestation program launched in 2011 to expand the country’s forest cover and increase its carbon storage capacity, create new wood-based businesses to diversify the national economy, and promote the emergence of a green economy in the Republic of CongoRosalie Matondo – Minister of Forest Economy of the Republic of Congo.
The new forest will create a carbon sink that will sequester more than 10 million tons of CO2 over 20 years and will be certified according to the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) and Climate, Community & Biodiversity (CCB) standards. The project, funded by Total, includes agroforestry practices developed with local communities for agricultural production and sustainable wood energy. By 2040, responsible management through selective logging will promote the natural regeneration of local species and supply Brazzaville and Kinshasa with timber and plywood.
The operation is designed to produce multiple social, economic and environmental benefits. The planting of Acacia mangium and auriculiformis on sandy plateaus exposed to recurrent bushfires will create a forest environment that will ultimately increase the biodiversity of the ecosystems. These activities will create jobs and have a positive impact on several thousand people. A local development fund will support actions for the benefit of local villages in the areas of health, nutrition and education.