Conservation through Economic Empowerment in the Republic of the Congo
Conservation through Economic Empowerment in the Republic of the Congo (CEERC)
Republic of Congo
Overall CEERC Activity: July 2021 – June 2026
Resonance's activity: August 6, 2021 to November 17, 2023
The Congo Basin ecosystem includes high biological diversity and ecological significance with many protected areas and species. Communities living near these protected areas are highly dependent on natural resources. These resources are consistently threatened by harmful practices such as poaching, logging, and clear-cutting. Rural communities have limited access to services and financing to support the development of alternative enterprises and livelihoods.
The CEERC activity identifies and promotes sustainable green enterprises and improves the enabling environment for conservation-friendly development, reducing threats to biodiversity, carbon-rich forests, and peatlands in the process.
In the first two years of the CEERC Activity, Resonance identified and prepared to develop partnerships with the private sector to help the project strengthen green economy sectors.
Despite being protected, the Congo Basin’s ecology is consistently threatened by poaching, illegal artisanal logging, and clearing forest for planting. Nearby communities depend on natural resources for their livelihoods. Yet, these rural communities have limited access to services and financing that would support the development of enterprises and alternative livelihoods.
The CEERC activity seeks to build private-sector partnerships, improve business opportunities, and increase the capacity of community enterprises to generate economic benefits from conservation-friendly activities and green business models.
The CEERC activity identified high-potential green industries and value chains in the ROC and analyzed market constraints and opportunities for collaboration.
Resonance’s role on the CEERC activity was to work with private sector entities, communities, civil society, the government, and other stakeholders to identify potential private sector partnerships, business-enabling market conditions, and potential green business economic opportunities for community enterprises.
In support of Tetra Tech’s implementation of CEERC, Resonance contributed to the effort to strengthen green economy sectors by facilitating private sector engagement and identifying potential partnerships and innovative resources. Resonance contracted with a Private Sector Lead-Business Incubator (PSL) to work closely in-country with the project team and stakeholders, and led a rapid innovation and partnership assessment (RIPA).
Resonance’s support of the CEERC Activity’s objectives yielded the following results: