THE DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO

As part of a consortium led by the Research Triangle Institute (RTI), we are supporting USAID's Power Africa, East Africa Energy Program (EAP), including the East Africa region and the nations of Burundi, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia, Tanzania, and Uganda. Our work includes a range of technical and collaborative activities designed to expand affordable and reliable electricity services in East Africa, with the ultimate goal of supporting development priorities, including inclusive economic growth, security, and improved health and education outcomes. 

CCS is currently working with government leaders and local technical teams in Cameroon, Cote D’Ivoire, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo to establish modeling and analytical capacity and tools, specific to each country’s context to inform concrete LEDS policies and their implementationfor low emission socio-economic development consistent with Nationally Developed Contributions (NDCs) under the Paris Agreement. Models and training material are scaled at the regional level. CCS is working in partnership with the United Nation Environment Programme (UNEP), the European Commission, the Africa LEDS Partnership and LEDS GP. 

The LEDS GP supports emerging economies to attain economic development while reducing greenhouse gas emissions. With this in mind, Africa LEDS project assists partner African countries with the establishment of modeling and analytical capacity to inform concrete LEDS policies and plans and their implementation for prioritized low emission, climate-resilient, and resource efficient socio-economic development consistent with NDCs  and other LEDS plans. CCS delivers this support based on their experience with various other emerging economies and developing countries in advising institutions on development and implementation of low emission development strategies.

CCS started to work with the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in June 2014 on the formulation of a national Green Growth strategy and LEDS process to help meet the national vision of emergent nation status by 2030.  During its initial assessment, CCS met with high level governments officials, agencies, stakeholders and civil society to assess the priorities, challenges, issues and opportunities in a wide range of government agencies and economic sectors, and options for enabling goals through a LEDS process.

Currently through LEDS GP, CCS is providing technical assistance to the DRC Government to incorporate LEDS related concepts, objectives and approaches into the national development plan to help the country to achieve its vision of emergent nation status by 2030. CCS is also providing technical assistance for startup of a DRC Center for Sustainable Excellence to provide capacity and catalyst support for governmental and nongovernmental actions in DRC and the Central and West African region to address complex issues related to climate change and sustainable economic, energy, and resource development.

In the video below, a national TV station based in Kinshasa reports on Tom Peterson's visit (in French):

 

In the slideshow below, photos from Tom Peterson's trip:

CenterForClimateStrategies's DRC v3 album on Photobucket