#ActualiteCD. | EU and Government continue dialogue on accompanying measures for lifting the moratorium – Desk Nature

The European Union and the Congolese Government are continuing the dialogue, with other partners, to develop accompanying measures for the lifting of the moratorium on the forests of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

The subject has already been addressed during several exchanges between the Vice-Prime Minister in charge of the Environment and Sustainable Development, the European Union and the other partners of the DRC in order to have a single vision on this courageous decision of the Government. Congolese.

For the European Union, the lifting of the moratorium on the forests of the DRC is a decision which will allow the State to regain control of the management of its forest resources. For this, “we must control, regulate, ensure that there is no illegal exploitation of forest resources and that the DRC is not stripped of its resources,” said Jean-Marc Châtaigner. , Ambassador of the European Union in the DRC who spoke last week to ACTUALITE.CD.

“This is an important subject. This is a subject on which we also discussed during the political dialogue between the Deputy Prime Minister and the European countries. We understand the Congolese authorities, the lifting of the moratorium is not at all aimed at illegal logging, on the contrary it is a desire to regain control. So, we are really in discussion with the authorities to see what support measures we can put in place. The objective of the Deputy Prime Minister is quite laudable. We must control, regulate, ensure that there is no illegal exploitation of the Congo’s forest resources. May the Congo not be robbed of its wealth ”, explained Mr. Jean-Marc Châtaigner, Ambassador of the European Union in the DRC.

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The European Diplomat also insisted on taking into account the points of view of national and international civil society.

“Whether or not he has a moratorium, he must have control over the export of forest resources from the DRC. It is an issue for us but also very important for the DRC. We are continuing this dialogue. We must also take into account the opinions of civil society, international civil society, all the partners. But I must tell you that we understood each other ”, added Jean-Marc Châtaigner.

As a reminder, during the eleventh meeting of the Council of Ministers which took place on Friday, July 09, the members of the Government of the Republic had, among other things, examined and adopted the file relating to the 10 urgent measures relating to the sustainable management of natural resources – forest, proposed by the VPM Eve Bazaïba in view of the current global ecological issues and challenges.

And Ms. Bazaiba had indicated that these measures are motivated by the concern to clean up the management of the environmental sector, to establish good governance and to implement the strategy of broadening the tax base. But also, to improve environmental governance in DR Congo and to put the country on the same level as its peers, in view of the global context dominated by climate change and the political, economic and financial issues that result from it.

The measures that shocked several national and international civil society organizations who consider that the lifting of the moratorium on the forests of the DRC is a plan to exploit forest resources. Hence their call, on September 23, 2021, to CAFI member countries to condition funding by maintaining the moratorium.

“We want to ask them urgently to intervene, to do something because until then we have not felt the international mobilization. The mobilizations of these thousands of dollars for the protection of the forest continue to unfold as if nothing had happened. So, it is inconceivable that these donors will mobilize to finance the protection of the forest while at the national level it is the plan to destroy it that is being implemented. What we are asking is that CAFI, with all its members, all European countries that want to give financial support to the DRC for the protection of these forests can condition the signing of any new agreement with the DRC by binding commitments between others to extend this moratorium. The only permanent protection plan here is the extension of this moratorium, it is its strengthening. Because this moratorium constitutes a safeguard against deforestation in the DRC ”, explained Mrs. Irène Wabiwa, Interim International Project Manager-Congo Basin at Greenpeace Africa.

The Democratic Republic of the Congo holds more than 60% of the forests of the Congo Basin. More than 42% of its territory is covered by primary forests, home to more than 400 species of mammals, more than 1,000 species of birds, more than 400 species of fish and more than 10,000 species of plants.

Auguy Mudiayi

Source: ActualiteCD.

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