Forest: Launch of the study on the forest capital of the DRC - Environews-rdc
The General Secretariat for Land Management has launched the study on the national forestry capital for the preparation of the national scheme of land management of the Democratic Republic of Congo. This study, which is expected to take1 year, aims at determining the ecological (conservation), economic and social potentials of the forest massifs for the whole national territory. The launching ceremony took place this Tuesday, March 14, in Kinshasa.
"The results of this study will contribute to the development of the national land use plan, to the geographic programming of forest concessions, to the implementation of the NDC, and to the deployment of carbon markets in the country," said Joseph Ezoua, UNDP Team Leader for Inclusive Growth and Sustainable Development.
The study involves the compilation of available data at the national level on forest cover and ecosystems, land use, forest resources (timber), non-timber forest products, fauna and flora biodiversity, economic data of the timber sector, infrastructure, mining activities, and levels and factors of forest degradation.
According to Catherine Vivien, mission leader and forestry expert at FRMi, this study will help to identify the potential of the various forest areas, both in terms of preservation and conservation of biodiversity and multiple uses. The study will analyze the existence of local, national and international markets.
"What motivated this study is the need for a more precise knowledge of the entire forest heritage of the Democratic Republic of Congo. With this knowledge, we must see in the long run how to propose a better management that must meet the various populations and conservation needs. But also to support the process of the National Land Use Plan," she said.
The DRC has 31,675,000 ha of protected areas, 14,750,000 ha of conservation concessions, 2,800,000 ha of local community forest concessions, 39,466,000 ha of mining permits and 211,000 ha of agro-industrial concessions and agroforestry areas.
The results of this study should help in making trade-offs between conservation, rational exploitation of forestry, mining and hydrocarbon resources, development of agro-industry, etc.
Technically steered by the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development, through the General Secretariat, this study will contribute to provide tools to support the decision-making on forest zoning, the achievement of one of the commitments made by DRC in the letter of intent signed with CAFI, in particular on the geographical programming necessary to lift the moratorium on industrial forest concessions.
"If we have invited you here it is because you have data to share with the study team. This is the study of all of us," urged Benjamin Toirambe, Secretary General for Sustainable Development.
The deliverables expected at the end of this study are the following: a methodological note, an annotated map atlas, a narrative report on high conservation value forests and biodiversity, a detailed narrative report for each mode of logging, a report analyzing the major issues, the note of recommendations on how to manage, use and or conserve the best potential, and the final report of the mission.
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