Posted on July 4, 2017 11:02:00 AM
It is with great satisfaction that the news of the cancellation of five illegally awarded concessions was received today, through a signed decision (Arrêté 006, below in French) of the DRC Minister of Environment dated 3 July 2017. The area under these illegal concessions is of over 1 million hectares.
The cancellation of these contracts, that resulted from diligent actions taken by the DRC National REDD+ Fund with support from CAFI, highlights the constructive dialogue maintained between the DRC government and the coalition of CAFI donors, despite a complex political context.
Decision EB.2017.02 of the CAFI Executive Board, in February 2017, had called for "an immediate cancellation of illegally awarded concessions".
The cancellation of the illegal contracts by the Government of the DRC also marks a positive trend towards reinforcing forest governance, a key pillar of the Letter of Intent signed between CAFI and the DRC last year. This decision complements the forest governance risk matrix and action plan adopted last month through inclusive multi-stakeholder consultations. Recognizing the critical role of watchdogs, this matrix and action plan place great emphasis on strengthening independent control mechanisms to prevent and address any future breaches to the moratorium, including illegal logging.
In order to enhance these efforts, the DRC National REDD+ Fund recently launched a call for proposals on sustainable forest management. The program, to be approved later this year, is expected to complete the suite of measures intended to improve better management of forest resources in DRC.
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