Goal of USAID’s Central Africa Regional Program for the Environment (CARPE):

Central Africa’s transition to climate-resilient, low-emissions development accelerated through sustainable management of bio diverse forests.

Development objective to achieve this goal:

Maintaining the ecological integrity of the Congo Basin’s humid forest ecosystem.

CARPE is a long-term initiative of the United States Government to promote sustainable forest management, biodiversity conservation, and climate change mitigation in the Congo Basin through increased local, national, and regional natural resource management capacity. In the current phase of the program, CARPE III (2012-2020), the focus is on institutionalizing the conservation monitoring and management approaches developed in the prior phase, CARPE II, through individual, organizational, and systems capacity building to ensure that the ecological integrity of the humid forest ecosystem of the Congo Basin is sustained.

The objective and rationale for CARPE III are more fully described in the Regional Development Cooperation Strategy 2012-2020.