REDD+ and the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals: Linkages and Lessons Learnt in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has been engaged in Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD+) since 2009 with major advancements in its readiness phase. In November 2016, DRC was one of the eight pilot countries selected for mainstreaming of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This policy brief identifies potential linkages between REDD+ and SDGs in DRC to gain a better understanding of how implementation strategies could be aligned. Barriers to linking REDD+ and SDGs in the country are highlighted and policy recommendations suggested.