The Congolese Forest Code does not include clear provisions for transparency. Only articles 83 to 86 describe the procedures and the way in which concessions are acquired by auction. Such provisions are insufficient to guarantee transparency in the forest concession acquisition process. Article 9 of the new law on fundamental principles related to the protection of the environment goes further in the recognition of the right to information and consultation but it lacks regulatory measures to be implemented and known to communities.
Forest communities often demand that maps and forest titles are made publicly available, which justifies the efforts of civil society in providing information on transparency in public awareness campaigns. Without civil society’s input, key information such as logging concession maps and permits for industrial and artisanal logging products granted by the Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Tourism are monopolised by the title holders and the authorities who are reluctant to publish them despite their obligation to do so.
|Title||a. Law n°011/2002 dated 29 August 2002 establishing the Forest Code
b. Law n°11/009 on the Fundamental Principles related to the protection of the environment
|Organisation||Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Tourism|
|Date||a. 29 August 2002
b. 9 July 2011