The preparation of this report card on the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is the result of contributions by several civil society stakeholders from the forestry sector. A number of methods have been used to to collect data: document review, interviews, observations and testimonies. The work was conducted over three months and information was analysed from the provinces of Bandundu, Equateur, Nord-Kivu, Orientale and the city of Kinshasa. The different methods used have been applied as follows:
Document review: several legal and regulatory texts related to the forestry sector have been screened to highlight elements that answer the twenty questions posed in relation to the legal and regulatory framework.
Interviews: Telephone interviews have been conducted with national parliamentarians, forestry/legal/economic administrations, civil society organisations (CSOs) and private sector stakeholders in the four targeted provinces at the national level in order to clarify certain issues related to their knowledge of forestry legislation.
Observation and testimonies: Some information has been obtained from observing events and initiatives put in place by the stakeholders who take part in the decision-making process. These are roles that certain partners or heads of public services at central or provincial level play during meetings, conferences, workshops, e-mails on forestry governance, press releases, etc.