Launch of the Eco-Zamba project: the SNPC and FRM set up an afforestation project in Congo

On September 21, Maixent Raoul Ominga, Managing Director of the Société Nationale des Pétroles du Congo (SNPC), signed a contract in Brazzaville with Bernard Cassagne, Chairman and CEO of Forêt Ressources Management (FRM), for a forestation project in the Plateaux department in northern Congo.

Nursery in a logging concession

The "Eco-Zamba" project has been initiated by Société Nationale des Pétroles du Congo as part of its environmental protection program. It will be implemented in the Plateaux department, in northern Congo, and consists of planting an artificial forest covering an area of fifty thousand hectares.

The project will start at the end of 2023 with a pilot phase that will see the planting of 1,000 hectares of forest made up mainly of acacia and eucalyptus trees and fruit trees of various species.

By setting up "Eco-Zamba", the SNPC aims to protect the environment and play its part in the fight against climate change. This approach is part of the national oil operator's new "Performance 2025" vision, in which the company plans to set up an afforestation project.

"The partnership with FRM is in line with the SNPC's four-pillar strategic plan, the most important of which is our contribution to the fight against climate change. As part of our social responsibility, we believe that the "Eco-Zamba" project, aimed at afforestation in the Congo, fits in well with the call made by the Head of State, Denis Sassou N'Guesso, for a decade of afforestation to help protect the environment. The project will be carried out over 10 years, but will develop over several years and will generate many jobs", stressed Maixent Raoul Ominga.

Speaking on the subject, FRM Chairman and CEO Bernard Cassagne underlined the project's dual objective of enabling Congo not only to preserve the environment, but also and above all to produce and store its carbon product.

"Through the cultivation of acacia and eucalyptus trees, we will fertilize the soil. The project also aims to produce carbon credits and create numerous jobs. Today, the SNPC has entered into a partnership with FRM to jointly develop the afforestation project in the Plateaux department. The Congo has a wealth of experience in afforestation, and is fully committed to this approach," asserts Bernard Cassagne.

Eco-Zamba has two governing bodies: the Steering Committee and the Project Committee. The steering committee, chaired by the SNPC's managing director, is the project's decision-making and strategic body.

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