The priority agenda drawn up by the World Bank in 2007 serves as a forestry policy document while awaiting the adoption of the one that is currently being prepared by the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation of Nature and Tourism (MECNT). The priority agenda describes the main themes on which the government of the DRC has been working on, as follows:
The cancellation of 25 million hectares of forest concessions that were invalid or expired in 2002.
A moratorium on open market allocations was implemented in May 2002 and confirmed by Presidential Decree in October 2005,
The reform of forest tax law.
The periodical publication of the list of forestry contracts and their tax status, to provide information to the general public on the management of the country’s natural resources.
A legal review of forest concessions with the participation of an independent consultant.
Recruitment of an independent observer to support forestry supervision work.
The preparation of the main texts to apply the Forest Code.
Since 2011, the FAO has worked on a forest policy draft involving the different stakeholders including civil society organisations. The document was not well received by the MECNT, which considers that the text as presented does not provide sufficient detail for a forest policy (the agreement with FAO was also not wide-ranging enough to cover the level of districts and territories). Although the draft forest policy document does integrate questions of forest governance and REDD+, it does not formulate clearly the future direction of the forest sector in the DRC. In general, the document is too vague. MECNT considers the draft to be a guidance paper rather than a policy in the true sense of the term.
|Title||a. Forests in the Democratic Republic of the Congo following the conflict: Analysis of a priority agenda, CIFOR, commissioned by the World Bank, 2007
b. Draft Document on forestry policy in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Bill TCP/DRC/3203, with the support of the FAO
b. Ministry of the Environment, Conservation of Nature and Tourism
|Date||a. November 2007
b. November 2011