Formation des techniciens pour la mise en œuvre de l’Inventaire Forestier National de la RDC

With the support of the Central African Forest Initiative (CAFI) and the UN-REDD Programme, the government of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), and FAO together delivered capacity development training for the DRC National Forest Inventory (NFI) from 16 to 28 July 2017. The training in the Luki Biosphere Reserve at the National Agricultural Research Institute (INERA), strengthened the capacities of 49 participants including Directorate of Forest Inventories and Management (DIAF) engineers, technicians and botanists, and NFI implementing partners in the provinces.

The intense two-week training offered theoretical and practical sessions focused on the country’s NFI methodology and field protocol, including the collection of biophysical data, soil and botanical samples, recording and managing field forms, and collection of socio-economic data through surveys in villages.

 

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This work was carried out in the context of the country’s long-standing REDD+ efforts. The Democratic Republic of Congo has been engaged in the REDD + process since 2009, and the REDD+ National Strategy was validated in November 2012. This strategy has been operationally deployed in a REDD+ Investment Plan, which was updated in 2015 to cover the period of 2016-2020. In this context, the Government of the DRC signed a Letter of Intent with the Central African Forest Initiative (CAFI), which pledges financing of the REDD + investment in 2016-2022, including through the REDD + National Fund (FONAREDD). The training is part of the related CAFI Programme to finalizeand implement the National Forest Monitoring System of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, which receives complementary UN-REDD support.

To meet the requirements of the UNFCCC, the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development (Ministère de l’Environnement et Développement Durable, MEDD) of DRC is working to establish the various technical components of the National Forest Monitoring System (NFMS). The NFI is a key component and an indispensable tool for forest assessments and planning. The DRC is making strong progress in this area, and a workshop was held in Kinshasa on 28 February 2017 to identify a series of objectives and needs of the NFI. The NFI methodology has been developed to meet the information needs, and was validated nationally on 7 July 2017 in Kinshasa by all stakeholders including experts from the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development, representatives from technical and financial partners, civil society, NGOs, the private sector, research institutes and universities.

 

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The NFI training will result in the simultaneous deployment of ten teams throughout the country starting in the northern provinces. Through the advanced training, the teams have the capacities needed for NFI implementation and will also facilitate awareness-raising among local authorities and communities on the NFI. It was also to be followed up by a one-week training in August on inventory in swamps forests in Mbanbaka, with additional support from the U.S. Forest Service.

This capacity development for NFI is an important step in the overall country level efforts in 2017 to achieve national REDD+ goals, which foresees an updated NFMS portal, a national FREL/FRL, further forest monitoring tools developed and tailored to the country’s needs, and development of the GHG-Inventory methodology for AFOLU.

 

The training was essential so DRC can launch the field activities. The technicians now master the NFI methods and tools and are ready to be deployed on the ground,” said  Mr Andre Kondjo, National Forest Inventory coordinator and chief of inventory in DIAF.

« La formation a été essentielle pour la RD Congo pour commencer les travaux terrain. Les techniciens maîtrisent désormais la méthodologie et les instruments d’inventaire et son prêt pour être déployés sur le terrain»  explique Andre Kondjo, Coordinateur de l’IFN et chef des inventaires de la DIAF.

 

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 Mr Andre Kondjo, National Forest Inventory coordinator and chief of inventory in DIAF

 

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