There are official national maps, which indicate current forest ownership by title and/or forests where concessions, permits or other authorisations exist, that are available to the public; however there is a lack of maps related to artisanal logging. Local communities do not have access to the Internet or to national agencies and are unable to get hold of these maps. Maps are often produced in small quantities by the Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Tourism’s (MECNT) partners. Only concessionaries have concession maps showing their exact boundaries. Therefore, neighbouring communities are unable to access accurate data on concession boundaries and to check compliance with such boundaries.
Since the process of signing forest concession contracts has begun, the MECNT’s Directorate of Forest Inventory might produce maps of concessions. Other maps are being produced by environmental civil society organisations in order to allow communities to recognise and identify their lands. Currently, there are no maps detailing forest use. Micro-zoning is considered to be too costly. The only detailed concession maps will be produced by the companies as part of their development plans.
|Title||a. Forest domain in DRC at 31 December 2009
b. Map of the processes of conversion of forest titles into forest concession contracts
|Organisation||Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Tourism|
|Source||MECNT, USAID, Carpe, WRI http://www.wri.org/tools/atlas/map.php?maptheme=drcforest|