Report of the Mandated Independent Monitoring Mission in CAR

10 June 2018
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Background

As part of the activities outlined in its action plan for 2018, CIEDD through the project ‘Citizen Voices for Change: Congo Basin Forest Monitoring (CV4C)’, conducted a mandated IM mission from 24 May to 02 June 2018 with the management and exploitation permits (PEA) n ° 164 of the company Thanry Centrafrique (TCA) in Bamba and n ° 175 of Société Forestière de la Kadéi (SOFOKAD) in Dédé Mokouba, respectively within the Sangha M’Baéré and Mambéré Kadéi sub-division in the south-west of CAR.

The purpose of this mission is to verify compliance and enforcement of the CAR Forest Law based on Principles, 4, 5, 6 and 8 of the FLEGT/VPA legality matrix (Annex 1).

To be more specific, the mission aimed at (i) collecting and analysing information related to the logging activities of Thanry Centrafrique and SOFOKAD companies by referring to the principles, criteria and indicators of the VPA legality grid identified and (ii) ) making appropriate recommendations to improve observed situations.

Progress of the mission

  • Members of the mission: The mission team consisted of four (4) Independent Civil Society Observers and two (2) Officers of the Ministry of Water and Forest.

Forest administration

  • SOMBO Sylvère, Legality Research Officer at the Permanent Technical Secretariat (STP), Head of Mission ;
  • YANGUERE Julien, Senior Officer at the ministry of forest ;

Independent Monitors

  • Laurent YANGUETA, Project manager CV4C
  • Marien Paterne YAKITE, Expert IM-FLEGT CV4C
  • Josias NDEWA ZENETH
  • Kévine Juvenale ZANRE

Duration of the Mission

The mission lasted 10 days in the selected PEAs (24 May to 02 June 2018).

Methodology

The mission was led by the Forestry Administration, assisted by Independent Monitors. On the basis of selected indicators, the team collected all documentation concerning companies to be visited. After reviewing the documentation, information was collected at both the sites and park levels. The team also had discussions with staff and communities around the sites as well as meetings with local authorities.

Outcomes

As a result, information related to the logging activities of Thanry Centrafrique and SOFOKAD in relation to the selected VPA principles, criteria and indicators were collected and are being processed. This information will be compiled in a report.

Challenge

The main challenge encountered by this mission is the road conditions that makes it difficult to access certain planned sites.

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