The Forest Code does not include clear provisions for transparency. Articles 83 to 86 explain the procedures for granting concessions following public tenders but do not set out further requirements for transparency. However, Article 2 of Decree no. 011/26 of 20 May 2011 requires the publication of any contract relating to natural resources signed between the State and a portfolio company and one or more domestic or foreign private partners. It requires these contracts to be published 60 days after their signature, but the decree has only been partially observed in terms of the publication of forest concession contracts.
Forest communities regularly call for forest maps and titles to be made publicly available. Civil society stakeholders have made efforts to make the information available through awareness raising campaigns. Title-holders and the forest administration have withheld key information such as the forest concession documents and industrial and artisanal logging permits, and the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation of Nature and Tourism is reluctant to publish them.
|Title||Decree no. 011/26 of 20 May 2011 on the obligation to publish any contract affecting natural resources.|
|Organisation||Cabinet of the Prime Minister|