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.
A roundtable to evaluate and stimulate a constructive public debate among all stakeholders on the lifting of the moratorium on forest concessions and the revision of the Forest Code in order to reinforce the vision on a new forest policy kicked-off today, 23 April 2018 in Kinshasa, DR Congo.
During years artisanal loggers in the Orientale Province of DR Congo have been faced with all sort of irregularities from the authorities at the moment of paying taxes, processing logging permits and paying fees. As was the case on 13 January 2017 when the chair of an association of artisanal loggers from Bafwasende went with 15,000 US$ in an envelope to pay the taxes owed by the members of its association to the province of Tshopo. But the authorities didn’t issue the permit for the period stipulated by the law.
In DRC the civil society has the duty to support local communities for the implementation of community forestry to ensure a peaceful access and use of resources and in this way contribute to local development. With these words Joseph Bolongo, TBI DR Congo Communications Officer, sent a reminder to the civil society at a General Assembly held in the Province of Tshopo, DRC from 7 to 11 March 2016.