The forests of the Congo Basin provide livelihoods to millions of people. At the same time they constitute an important asset for mankind because of their high biodiversity and their stabilizing role for the world’s climate. Both local and global stakeholders have high stakes in the economic development as well as conservation of the Congo Basin and these interests may conflict at times.
The objective of TBI in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo) is to support sustainable economic development and conservation of the Congo Basin forests by promoting the application of responsible forest polices and practices for the benefit of rural forest dependent population and the sustainable use and management of the natural resources.
TBI in DR Congo is based in Kisangani in the Oriental Province and collaborates with the provincial parliament and ministries, the social and technical faculties at the University of Kisangani, universities and research institutes in other African and Northern countries and local and international NGOs.
Until 2011, TBI focuses on supporting regional and national policies related to artisanal timber logging (chainsaw milling) and community forestry with practical research, capacity development and information sharing.
To reach its objectives TBI DR Congo focuses on the following outputs generating knowledge, creating capacity building, strengthening institutions and sharing information.
In the Democratic Republic of Congo TBI concentrates it activities in the Oriental province. The Oriental province is the second largest province in the country with an area of 503,239 km2 and a forest cover of 350,000 km2, or 70% of the province. TBI in DR Congo will focus its activities initially on the districts Ituri and Tshopo.