September 2020 Message from Lead Consultant
The Republic of Congo formally adopts its new Forest Code
The recent promulgation of the new Forest Code (Law 33-2020 of 08 July 2020) marks a significant milestone for the legal reform process that started some eight years ago in the Republic of Congo (RoC).
The need for reform was prompted inter alia by the negotiation then entry into force of the FLEGT VPA between RoC and the European Union (EU), which introduced the requirement that all timber products, both exported and sold domestically, be produced legally.
The new Forest Code also reflects the emergence and prioritisation of themes such as climate change mitigation, payments for environmental services and carbon ownership, biodiversity and wildlife protection, as well as the active participation of local communities and indigenous peoples (LCIPs) and civil society in forest governance and the management of forests.
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