Making knowledge work for forests and people
Together we can achieve sustainable management of tropical forestlands for the benefit of people, conservation and sustainable development.More information
Forests and water are essential to climatic and ecosystem balances and to life. However, in the province of Tshopo, a heavily forested area, almost all rural populations are totally dependent on them for their livelihood. This raises the question of their sustainable management, which guarantees the availability of forest and fisheries resources for current and future generations. Of course, conservation is a natural choice, but it is important to ensure that this conservation represents a substantial concrete benefit for forest populations and that it contributes significantly to improving the living conditions of the people who live in and depend on forests. Therein lies the heart of Tropenbos' mission: to put knowledge at the service of people and forests, notably through more effective and inclusive governance of natural and forest resources.
As soon as communities in DR Congo received formal forest rights, they established new rules for forest management. The result: fewer trees are being cut, and the communities are earning more money.
The integrated Eastern REDD+ project (PIREDD-O) is a Congolese government project financed by the National REDD+ Fund (FONAREDD) through the support of the Central African Forest Initiative (CAFI) with the technical collaboration of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). It aims to stabilise deforestation and forest degradation while sustainably improving the incomes of local communities in the dismembered Eastern Province. It is being implemented in three provinces of the dismembered province: Bas-Uele, Ituri and Tshopo.