|Project number :
||PD 360/05 Rev.2 (F)
|Project country :
||Republic of Congo
Government of Rep. of Congo: $411,346
Winrock International: $154,500
|Submitted by :
||Government of Republic of Congo
|Implementing agencies :
||Winrock International in Collaboration with Centre National d'inventaires et d'aménagement des Ressources Forestières et Fauniques and the Wildlife Conservation Society
|ITTO funding sources :
||Japan, USA, France, Norway (revised budget approved at this session, funding pledged at 39th session)
|Financed at session No :
The Republic of Congo presently lacks a transparent system for monitoring forest management and harvest at the national and Forest Management Unit (FMU) level. The proposed project will complement project PD 176/02 Rev.1 (F), implemented by GFW/WRI and CNIAF to use GIS and remote sensing techniques to support uniform enforcement of forestry legislation throughout the country, by creating a system of high resolution, aerial digital imagery for forest management, planning and audit and by providing greatly improved data on a region in the southwest of the country where continuous cloud cover prevents effective remote sensing via satellite. Furthermore, the proposed project will build on an ITTO-funded project PD 272/04 Rev.2 (F) in which the Direction Générale de l'Economie Forestière is developing national criteria and indicators for the sustainable management of Congo forests based on ITTO criteria and indicators for sustainable forest management. The high-resolution imagery that will result from this project can be combined with criteria and indicators derived through the DGEF effort to create a system for cost-effective monitoring and evaluation of sustainable forest management in the country.
The project aims at contributing that the Congolese export timber resources provide sustainable income through improved access to markets concerned with raw material originating from sustainable forest management. Specifically, it intends to make available a transparent forest monitoring system for the sustainable management of Congo forests at the national and Forest Management Unit levels.
Main expected outputs are:
· High-resolution aerial digital imagery over south-western Congo forests and concessions captured;
· Digital images for tactical planning in forest management planning, comparison of planned and actual harvest rates and forest charges valuation processed and interpreted;
· Methodology for use by stakeholders in biodiversity monitoring and habitat assessment developed and evaluated;
· Timber volumes using digital 3D imagery to monitor legal logging volumes, detect illegal logging and providing a transparent basis for revenue assessment measured;
· Biomass and carbon stocks in a pilot area using digital 3D imagery determined by the Project Steering Committee measured; and
· Training in all aspects of image capture, processing and interpretation is provided to national authorities.