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Republic of Congo

2013 Assessment Findings

The Congolese government’s response to illegal logging and related trade has been quite poor.

The sector has serious governance problems and this is reflected in the estimated levels of illegal logging within Congo, which could be as high as 70%. There are two main types of illegal logging taking place in the country: ‘informal’, small-scale artisanal logging for domestic markets (estimated to represent 20% of all harvesting); and logging in breach of various regulations by large, licensed logging concessionaires.

Very few of the necessary policies and regulations needed to ensure good forest governance are currently being implemented. There have been some recent improvements, however, with work under way to improve the legislative framework, chain of custody procedures, allocation of harvesting rights and transparency. The establishment of an independent monitor and the development and implementation of the EU voluntary partnership agreement (VPA) have been the key drivers of this change.

None the less, the situation remains very poor and a great deal of work will be needed before a legality assurance system can become operational to enable the issuance of FLEGT licences. Priorities for action include the enforcement of existing legislation, tackling corruption and improving legality in the artisanal sector.