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Democratic Republic of Congo

Volume 506: debated on Friday 5 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether an environmental impact assessment has been conducted for each (a) current and (b) proposed road building project funded by his Department in Democratic Republic of Congo; how much funding for each such project was allocated to reducing the effect on these projects; and what the percentage of the budget for the environment and local population was in (i) 2008, (ii) 2009 and (iii) 2010. (320086)

All road rehabilitation projects funded by the Department of International Development (DFID) in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are subject to Environmental and Social Impact Assessments (ESIAs). The following amounts have been allocated to address environmental and social impacts of road rehabilitation projects currently funded by DFID:

£12 million, or 15 per cent., of a total contribution of £78 million from 2009 to 2013 for the ‘Pro Routes’ programme, in partnership with the World Bank.

£476,733, or 13 per cent., of a total contribution of £3.66 million from July 2009 to July 2011 for rehabilitation of roads in eastern DRC, in partnership with the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS).

£435,949, or 15 per cent., of a total budget of £2.79 million for the same period to rehabilitate a road from Kisangani to Ubundu in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much funding has been allocated to the Congo rainforest region as part of the £1.5 billion commitment to the fast start global financial package to help developing countries address climate change and its impacts agreed at Copenhagen; and if he will increase the fast-track funding contribution to $800 million per year. (320089)

The Prime Minister has committed up to £1.5 billion in Fast Start finance over the next three financial years from 2010-11 to 2012-13. 20 per cent. of this total will be allocated for forestry, including planned investment in the Congo Basin Forest Fund. We are currently developing plans for 2010-11 and will determine priorities for 2011-12 and 2012-13 as part of the next spending review.