Forests in post-conflict Democratic Republic of Congo: analysis of a priority agenda

Debroux Laurent, Hart Terese, Kaimowitz David, Karsenty Alain, Abdon Awono, Amsini Fidele, Aveling Conrad, Bertrand Alain, Bekhechi Mohammed, Bravi Carlo, Chézeaux Eric, Chomitz Kenneth M., Dewachter Pauwel, D'Huart Jean-Pierre, Diaw Chimère, Dieterle Gerhard, Djire Abderhamane, Dupain Jef, Erdlenbruch Katrin, Fauvet Nicolas, Forni Eric, Hall Jefferson, Kakinda Joseph, Kalambay Gaston, Diwa Kapupu, Laporte Nadine, Lumbuenamo Raymond, Makana Jean-Rémy, Makombo Joseph, Mégevand Carole, Mehlman Patrick, Montagne Pierre, Mpoyi Augustin, Mukadi Kankonde, Mwinyihali Robert, Ndoye Ousseynou, Ngomba Clotilde, Ngoy Bienvenu, Pagiola Stefano, Roda Jean-Marc, Rossignol Ivan, Russel Diane, Schenkman Nathan, Schinkel Rolf, Schmidt-Soltau Kai, Staver Charles, Tshamba Martin, Tshombe Richard, Yambayamba Norbert. 2007. Forests in post-conflict Democratic Republic of Congo: analysis of a priority agenda. Jakarta : CIFOR, 103 p. ISBN 979-24-4665-6

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Titre français : La forêt en République Démocratique du Congo post-conflit : analyse d'un agenda prioritaire

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Abstract : 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

Mots-clés Agrovoc : Politique forestière, Développement rural, Conservation de la nature, Aménagement forestier, Trouble social

Mots-clés géographiques Agrovoc : République démocratique du Congo

Classification Agris : K10 - Forestry production
P01 - Nature conservation and land resources
K01 - Forestry - General aspects

Champ stratégique Cirad : Axe 6 (2005-2013) - Agriculture, environnement, nature et sociétés

Editeurs scientifiques et affiliations

  • Debroux Laurent
  • Hart Terese
  • Kaimowitz David
  • Karsenty Alain, CIRAD-ES-UPR Ressources forestières (FRA)

Auteurs et affiliations

  • Abdon Awono
  • Amsini Fidele
  • Aveling Conrad
  • Bertrand Alain, CIRAD-ES-URP Forêts et Biodiversité (MDG)
  • Bekhechi Mohammed
  • Bravi Carlo
  • Chézeaux Eric
  • Chomitz Kenneth M.
  • Dewachter Pauwel
  • D'Huart Jean-Pierre
  • Diaw Chimère
  • Dieterle Gerhard
  • Djire Abderhamane
  • Dupain Jef
  • Erdlenbruch Katrin
  • Fauvet Nicolas, CIRAD-ES-UPR Ressources forestières (FRA)
  • Forni Eric, CIRAD-ES-UPR Dynamique forestière (FRA)
  • Hall Jefferson
  • Kakinda Joseph
  • Kalambay Gaston
  • Diwa Kapupu
  • Laporte Nadine
  • Lumbuenamo Raymond
  • Makana Jean-Rémy
  • Makombo Joseph
  • Mégevand Carole
  • Mehlman Patrick
  • Montagne Pierre, CIRAD-ES-URP Forêts et Biodiversité (MDG)
  • Mpoyi Augustin
  • Mukadi Kankonde
  • Mwinyihali Robert
  • Ndoye Ousseynou
  • Ngomba Clotilde
  • Ngoy Bienvenu
  • Pagiola Stefano
  • Roda Jean-Marc, CIRAD-PERSYST-UPR Bois tropicaux (MYS) ORCID: 0000-0002-3967-5297
  • Rossignol Ivan
  • Russel Diane
  • Schenkman Nathan
  • Schinkel Rolf
  • Schmidt-Soltau Kai
  • Staver Charles
  • Tshamba Martin
  • Tshombe Richard
  • Yambayamba Norbert

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