TB DR Congo works on governance, conservation and sustainable management of forests to improve the living conditions of the inhabitants of the Tshopo, Ituri and Mongala Landscape in DR Congo.

In order to improve policies and practices, so as to change the living conditions of the communities, Tropenbos DR Congo works on various themes:

Governance of forests and natural resources :
Stakeholders from the public and private sectors engage jointly with local communities to decide on the sustainable use of land and forests in the landscapes.

Land tenure and armed conflict :
Tropenbos DRC after active investigations found that many land acquisitions are made by urban elites without clear consultation with local communities. This leads to numerous problems undermining the land sector. Tropenbos has invested in building the capacity of stakeholders to respect the tenure rights of indigenous peoples - and other local communities.

The livelihoods of local communities :
We campaign for the promotion of sustainable management and protection of ecosystems and biodiversity in a climate-friendly landscape. Forest-dependent communities adopt responsible practices for the rational use of natural resources for their well-being.

Community forestry :
Local communities are supported in obtaining titles to community forest concessions in perpetuity of the forests and lands they own by virtue of their custom. They are trained in the rational and sustainable management of their natural resources in order to contribute to socio-economic development by preserving for future generations.

Rational exploitation and formalization of the artisanal wood sector, support to small and medium forest enterprises :
Artisanal wood exploiters are encouraged to work legally and in compliance with regulations. This strategy enables the state to fight against revenue leakage and to improve the business climate. TB DR Congo is sensitising and training artisanal wood exploiters in the creation of small and medium enterprises and in the defence of their interests, as some exploiters are still working illegally.

A just and equitable energy transition :
Helping communities to become aware of the danger humanity faces in the use of non-renewable energy and the economic as well as environmental benefits of using renewable energy. As the energy sector is one of the pillars contributing to climate change, the rational use of energy would reduce the rate of greenhouse gas emissions.