Stabilizing Land Use (PLUS)

Protected area categories V and VI as landscape mechanisms for enhancing biodiversity in agricultural land, ecological connectivity and REDD+ implementation

SUMMARY: The goal of this project is to demonstrate conservation and development benefits in four targeted landscapes in Tanzania, Uganda, Ghana and Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) through better use of Protected Area categories V and VI (or other appropriate conservation and economic development arrangements), supported by alignment of national and sub-national policies, and landscape level actions.

The long-term impacts of the project are two-fold:

(1) To enable sustainable land use strategies and climate change adaptation: By focusing on the development of local sustainable land-use strategies, as part of NBSAPs, and promoting landscape restoration and reducing deforestation activities, the project will deliver conservation and use economic models that directly contribute to the achievement of Aichi Targets 7 and 11. This project also contributes to the integration of biodiversity into sectoral policies and political planning processes (cf. Aichi Target 2), and creating positive economic incentives for the conservation of biodiversity (Aichi Target 3).

(2) Climate change mitigation: The four proposed countries have advanced REDD+ and other Climate Change Mitigation Programmes (ERPs or ERPINs). The project will help advance early actions that reconcile and optimise land-use decision-making to stabilise reduced deforestation, enhance carbon stocks through the restoration of ecosystem functionality and promote enhanced and sustainable management of current low-carbon land-use strategies. The precise amount of carbon sequestered by this project will vary by location.

Donor(s): German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU)

Location: Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, Tanzania and Uganda

SDGs: 01, 03, 05, 13, 16, 17

Aichi Biodiversity Targets: 01, 02, 03, 04, 07, 11, 14, 17, 18, 19

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