Soil types drawn by community members to assess suitability to various uses
Whilst the land use plan shows the multi-use purpose of the concession, traditional restrictions on hunting, fishing and farming have been reinforced to preserve biodiversity and respect forest renewal cycles. The attribution of the largest part of the concession to protection also shows commitment to preserving resources for future generations.
Ilinga’s land use plan emphasises the multi-use purpose of the concession
The RFUK-led consortium project Community Forests in DRC (2016-2019) aimed to establish a successful model of community-based forest management, one that focuses on the rights, needs and priorities of local communities, including those of marginalised groups such as indigenous peoples and women. The community forest project, implemented by a consortium of Congolese and international NGOs (APEM, CAGDFT, GASHE, Réseau CREF, PREPPYG, InCap and Well Grounded), supported the setup of nine pilot sites in the provinces of Equateur and Nord-Kivu, the development of a robust policy framework for community forestry and capacity building of the DRC administration. It was financed by the UK’s Department for International Development (DfID).