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Artisanal logging is one of the main drivers of forest degradation, but also of the local economy, as it generates jobs and income for many households in the DRC.
Tropenbos DR Congo assisted communities to apply for local community forest concessions, which give them the right to use and manage their forests. Within the degraded parts of these concessions, Tropenbos DR Congo has been promoting agroforestry to improve livelihoods without putting pressure on the forest. This effort resulted in a surge of farmers adopting cocoa agroforestry practices throughout the Bafwasende landscape in 2022.
An artisanal forest unit (UFA) is a part of the protected forest (private State domain) set aside and developed with a view to opening it up for timber cutting by artisanal operators duly authorised under the regulations in force. The management and creation of FMUs is the responsibility of the Provincial Governor in collaboration with the Provincial Administration in charge of forests.