A three-week tropical forestry specialization training course was held at Olam Agri’s wood products operations in Congolaise Indusrielle Des Bois (CIB).
The training was conducted by Jean-Louis Doucet, a professor at Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech (University of Liège, Belgium) and Ecole régionale post-universitaire d'aménagement et de gestion intégrés des forêts et territoires tropicaux (ERAIFT - DRC). Intended to be very practical, the training allowed for fruitful exchanges between students from 6 countries, offering them hands-on opportunities to prepare them to tackle the challenges of managing forest areas in tropical countries.
Students from Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech and ERAIFT and employees of CIB honed their skills in management, reduced impact logging (RIL), certification and botany.
Jean-Louis Doucet highlighted that this was an intensive, interactive and hands-on training program to give students insight into the reality of the sector, in a company that is known for its long experience in forest management, planning and monitoring and therefore plays a crucial role in preserving biodiversity.