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Title:Industrial Logging in the Congo: Is a Stakeholder Approach Possible?
Author:Trefon, TheodoreISNI
Year:2006
Periodical:South African Journal of International Affairs
Volume:13
Issue:2
Pages:101-114
Language:English
Geographic term:Congo (Democratic Republic of)
Subjects:forest management
wood industry
community participation
land tenure
Agriculture, Natural Resources and the Environment
Development and Technology
Economics and Trade
Politics and Government
External link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/10220460609556805
Abstract:A tripartite 'modus vivendi' between people, the private sector and the State in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is an absolute prerequisite to any form of rehabilitation of the formal economy in general and the logging sector in particular. But is this possible? The 2002 forestry code includes substantial requirements for public consultation and integration of social and environmental factors in the forest concession allocation process, but major challenges exist in addressing the competing claims held to forests by concession holders and indigenous communities and involving groups that have little or no voice in decisionmaking debates. Civil society groups have neither the capacity nor the commitment to improve the participatory process of traditional social organization, and the participatory management approach that is fashionable in some donor and NGO circles has little currency in the ruthless world of industrial logging. Thus, the response raised in the title is, at least for the near future, negative. Notes, ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]
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