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Congo, Democratic Republic of - Forest and Environment Sector Project : environmental assessment (Vol. 5) (Lingala)

The higher level objective to which the Forest and Environment Sector Project of the Congo will contribute is: to improve the livelihoods of forest-dependent people, to increase forest's contribution to shared growth, and to protect the natural resource-base and the environment. The project's specific development objective is: to enable public institutions and civil society to implement, enforce and monitor sector governance reforms and the innovations of the forest code. The analysis of this project has allowed the identification of negative aspects of the current situation, such as: 1) the lack of knowledge of the quality of the existing protected areas and of the biodiversity they harbor does not allow the elaboration of an optimal conservation scheme; 2) the weak capacity of the rural populations neighboring forest concessions to know, defend and negotiate their rights, in particular those granted by the forest code; 3) the biodiversity is strongly threatened by the pressure exerted by the populations, notably because of the improved access created by the industrial forest concessions and of the migration of populations in search of work/income. It has also been demonstrated that this pressure will not diminish because certain concessions will cease their activity; 4) the local or regional economic benefits of the industrial and artisanal forest exploitation remain to be demonstrated; and 5) important gaps have been observed in the field of the management of the territory with the straddling of different "legal" uses of a similar territory. Mining concessions in protected areas and forest logging concessions that incorporate important agricultural areas are striking examples of this issue. Cultural property may be subjected to a variety of direct and indirect effects impacts throughout the implementation of the components of PNFoCo. The direct effects arise from work which involves traffic and people, operations of deforestation, clearing the top layer of soil, leveling and drilling of trenches. Indirect may include such problems as increased erosion, agricultural intensification owing to the presence of new access as well as vandalism.


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    Congo, Democratic Republic of - Forest and Environment Sector Project : environmental assessment

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    agriculture, Biodiversity, Biodiversity conservation, biodiversity protection, Carbon, community forests, Congo, Cultural Resources, Environmental, Environmental Impact, Environmental Impact Assessment, environmental management, Environmental policies, fishing, Forest, forest code, forest governance, Forest Management, forest management plans, forest monitoring, Forest sector, Forestry, forestry sector, forests, highlands, industrial logging, issues, land use, livelihoods, Local Livelihoods, logging, national parks, Natural Habitats, natural resource, natural resources, natural resources management, Nature, Nature Conservation, protected areas, reserves, resources management, savannas, Sustainable Forest Management, timber, traditional rights, wood



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Congo, Democratic Republic of - Forest and Environment Sector Project : environmental assessment (Vol. 5) (Lingala). Washington, D.C. : World Bank Group.