Participatory Gazettement and Forest Management of the Itombwe Massif

Geographical location:

Africa/Madagascar > Central Africa > Democratic Republic of Congo (Zaïre)

Summary

This project aims to establish Itombwe in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), as a protected area through a forest gazettement process. This will reserve forest sections for the conservation of globally important species and set aside forest areas dedicated to community forestry and community-based natural resources management (CBNRM) in the Itombwe Massif.

The goal is that the Itombwe Massif’s vital ecosystems are conserved and sustainably used with support from, and with benefits for, present and future generations.

The project is planned for a 5-year period and the goal is to assist the Institute for the Conservation of Nature (ICCN) in increasing the area being protected in the country (from 8 to 15%) through gazetting parts of the Itombwe Massif. This project is also part of the larger Albertine Rift Montane Forest Ecoregion programme, started in 2004 and running through to 2014.

Background

The project will assist local authorities and DRC Protected Areas Authorities (ICCN) in securing a legal conservation and forest management status of Itombwe massif, by assessing opportunities and proposing possible scenarios for gazetting by 2010 at least 100,000 ha of Itombwe massif with support from DRC civil society and administration, as a follow up of a recent Ministerial decree creating a “Réserve Naturelle d’Itombwe” but for which the specific forest and land uses, nor the limits, have been agreed on.

Objectives

Its goal is that the vital ecosystem (ecological, economical and cultural) services of the Itombwe Massif are conserved and sustainably used with support from, and with benefits for, present and future generations.

This project aims to establish Itombwe in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), as a protected area through a forest gazettement process. This will reserve forest sections for the conservation of globally important species and set aside forest areas dedicated to community forestry and community-based natural resources management (CBNRM) in the Itombwe Massif.

Solution

This funding will support the Itombwe gazettement process that is based on a participatory approach. The existence and the implementation of the strategic plan, which will be supported by the Environment Ministry at the provincial level, will facilitate the implementation of the programme.

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