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Forests in Post- Conflict Democratic Republic of Congo: Analysis of a Priority Agenda

  • Laurent Debroux
  • Giuseppe Topa
  • David Kaimowitz
  • Alain Karsenty
  • Terese Hart
  • Awono Abdon
  • Fidele Amsini
  • Conrad Aveling
  • Alain Bertrand
  • Mohammed Bekhechi
  • Carlo Bravi
  • Eric Chezeaux
  • Kenneth Chomitz
  • Pauwel Dewachter
  • Jean-Pierre d’Huart
  • Chimere Diaw
  • Gerhard Dieterle
  • Abderhamane Djire
  • Jef Dupain
  • Katrin Erdlenbruch
  • Nicolas Fauvet
  • Eric Forni
  • Jefferson Hall
  • Joseph Kakinda
  • Gaston Kalambay
  • Kapupu Diwa
  • Nadine Laporte
  • Raymond Lumbuenamo
  • Jean-Remy Makana
  • Joseph Makombo
  • Carole Megevand
  • Patrick Mehlman
  • Pierre Montagne
  • Augustin Mpoyi
  • Kankonde Mukadi
  • Robert Mwinyihali
  • Ousseynou Ndoye
  • Clotilde Ngomba
  • Bienvenu Ngoy
  • Stefano Pagiola
  • Jean-Marc Roda
  • Ivan Rossignol
  • Diane Russel
  • Nathan Schenkman
  • Rolf Schinkel
  • Kai Schmidt-Soltau
  • Carla Staver
  • Martin Tshamba
  • Richard Tshombe
  • Norbert Yambayamba
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    Forests are ubiquitous in the Democratic Republic of Congo; they touch the cultural and economic life of most of the population and have enormous global environmental significance. After years of conflicts and mismanagement, reconstruction is key to improving living conditions and consolidating peace. At the same time, better roads and trade bring risks—threatening forests and biodiversity by facilitating logging, land conversion, and the seizure of forest rights by vested interests. Anticipating these threats, in 2002, the transitional government started a Priority Reform Agenda. This report analyses the soundness of this Agenda, the progress achieved to date, and the priorities for the future. It emphasises the nature of forests as a public good; and the importance of the rule of law, transparency and public participation in managing natural resources. It highlights the multiplicity of claims on forests; calls for multipurpose participatory land-use planning; and emphasises the need to secure traditional user rights. Beyond the risks, the return of peace to the DRC also offers a unique opportunity to take a fresh look at the second-largest rainforest in the world, and to implement innovative strategies that give priority to the environment and to local people.

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    This book is provided by CIRAD, Forest department, UPR40 in its series Selected Books with number 10 and published in 2007.
    Volume: 1
    Edition: 1
    ISBN: 979-24-4665-6
    Handle: RePEc:epf:ecbook:10
    Note: language = english, 82p.
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