Cablegate: Usaid, U.S. Forestry Service Support Planning Seminar To

DE RUEHKI #0432 1361439
R 151439Z MAY 08


Dept also for USAID (U.S. Forestry Service)


E.O. 12958: N/A
SUBJECT: USAID, U.S. Forestry Service support planning seminar to
develop strategic vision for exploitation and protection of Congo's

1. From May 8 - 10 a workshop entitled "Forest Planning: Tool for
Sustainable Management of the Forests of the Democratic Republic of
Congo" was hosted by the Ministry of Environment, Conservation of
Nature and Tourism in Kinshasa. Supported by USAID/CARPE and the US
Forest Service, the workshop objectives were to bring diverse actors
involved with forest planning at various scales throughout the DRC
into the same room to discuss methodologies and approaches currently
in use. This workshop was a launching point for the Ministry of
Environment as they move forward in designing a national level
process for large scale, multiple-use forest planning. Co-sponsors
of the event were the World Bank, the African Wildlife Foundation
(AWF), the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), the Rainforest Foundation and
the World Conservation Union (IUCN). Participants represented
several national and provincial level Ministries, the private
sector, civil society, research organizations, national and
international non-governmental organizations, provincial
governments, donors and diplomatic missions.

2. During the span of the three day process, participants listened
to presentations from those organizations active in forest
management planning throughout the DRC, from community level mapping
to planning logging operations as well as the CARPE landscape scale
integrated land use planning. Methodologies and processes used, as
well as results achieved to date, by these partners were
demonstrated through their presentations. Several implementing NGOs
of the USAID/CARPE program - including AWF, WWF and WCS - summarized
their land use planning activities and approaches on landscapes of
the DRC. Additionally, a representative of the US Forest Service
International Programs office, a CARPE technical assistance partner,
delivered a presentation on large scale, multiple-use forest
planning approaches employed in the United States and how those
approaches have been adapted with CARPE and its implementing
partners into land use planning guides tailored to the context of
the DRC.

3. During the second and third days of the workshop, participants
were divided into working groups to discuss such topics as conflicts
in existing laws of the DRC related to land use and natural resource
management, proposals of appropriate methodologies for the DRC to
adapt as a national forest planning process, the composition of the
technical committee which will be charged with developing this
process, and the creation of a road map for moving forward and
maintaining momentum on this topic upon completion of the workshop.

4. All of the primary objectives for the workshop were accomplished
during these three days. Participants were given a clear
introduction to the topic of large scale land use planning for
multiple use forests and had the opportunity, as a group, to think
through the issues and challenges facing the Ministry of Environment
in moving ahead with this process. Following the workshop a
technical committee will be formed which will be charged with
examining the outcomes of this three day exercise and developing a
national land use planning methodology based on those lessons that
are being learned by participants actively conducting planning
processes throughout the country.

5. Comment: This workshop coincided with a decree by the Minister
of Environment to establish an inter-ministerial committee to review
the applications of logging concessions for conversion under the
2002 forest code. These events signal the start of a long-awaited
process led by the Ministry of Environment of the DRC and supported
by a number of donors to launch a long-term process that will is
hoped will lead to creation and execution of a large scale forest
planning methodology for the country. The creation of a harmonized
forest planning methodology is a necessary pre-requisite for
effective, long term and sustainable management of this largest
piece of the Congo Basin forest and is but a first yet important
step toward sustaining the local and global environmental benefits
generated by the DRC forest. End Comment.


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