ID 4782
Government Democratic Republic of the Congo
Submitted for Seventh Ordinary Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP 7)
Main Information
Title Mesures d'incitation et de bonnes pratiques pour la gestion durable de la diversite biologique, Democratic Republic of Congo
Description The Democratic Republic of Congo provides information on the new Forest Law and its use of incentive measures. The law distinguishes forest for productive use and for conservation. Local communities are given the prerogative to exploit local forests that are designated for productive use according to the development needs. Moreover, the distribution of revenues emanating from forest taxes was also reformed, to include local communities as well as forestry agencies.

The submission notes that the public bodies responsible for the management of conservation forests suffer from a lack of funds, and that relations with adjacent communities in the past were also bad. To improve this situation, the new law introduced the option of conservation concessions. Under this option, individuals or companies would be allowed to manage conservation forests under the proviso that they abide by the relevant environment regulations, and that they provide technical guarantees pertaining to conservation, tourism and hunting objectives.

In addition, the Democratic Republic of Congo plans to introduce preferential taxation for forest products that take differentials in shipment exploitation costs into consideration.

Web Link /doc/case-studies/inc/cs-inc-zr-01-fr.pdf
Additional Information
Countries Democratic Republic of the Congo
Ecosystems Forest Biodiversity
Regions Africa
Incentive Measures Indirect Incentives (property rights, market creation)
Positive Incentives (subsidies, tax breaks, ...)
Keywords Ecosystem approach
Conservation payments
Environmental funds
Land-use covenants and certification
Revenue sharing with communities
Strengthening property rights (land tenure, ...)
Tax exemptions