In the Republic of Congo where approximately 69% of the land is covered by forests, the tenure security of forests is a critical consideration. From 6-8 October the Congo hosted its first national workshop on the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure (VGGT).  This national event brought together stakeholders and high level decision makers from various sectors to discuss the relevance of the VGGT for the Congo.  

Building on synergies between REDD+ efforts to manage forests more sustainably and the opportunity to collaborate more closely with other relevant ministries and sectors, the REDD+ Focal Point, Mr. Georges Claver Boundzanga delivered a stimulating presentation on the first day.  He introduced REDD+ and described the important tenure aspects which are part of the country's REDD+ Strategy.  Georges' emphasized the important linkages between tenure and forestry and welcomed collaboration to achieve mutually beneficial goals.  

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