Following the call for tenders launched last September to carry out three studies relating to plantations (more information – in French), ATIBT has contracted three consulting firms that have started their activities.
Here is the status of the 3 studies.
The study on experience capitalization of timber plantations in Côte d’Ivoire has been entrusted to the FRMi engineering consultancy firm. A mission to Côte d’Ivoire is currently underway, and consultants have visited planting initiatives in the Adzopé area, including Tropical Wood and Inprobois. They have also met the actors and stakeholders involved or concerned by the plantation theme.
The opportunity study of agroforestry projects under shading of forest species, for its part, has been attributed to the consortium Oréade Brèche – Kinomé. In addition to providing a bibliographic review and a literature review of existing initiatives, the consultants visited Cameroon (February 5-10) and Côte d’Ivoire (February 11-16) to identify and analyze research projects on agroforestry under forest shade, and identify existing opportunities. They will also focus on capitalizing their experiences on the subject in the Congo.
The latest survey on the state of law and regulations for timber plantations is conducted by Terea and will cover the Ivory Coast, Cameroon, Gabon, Congo and the Democratic Republic of Congo. It will be conducted by national experts who will collect the texts regulating the plantation activities (regarding land right, logging, operational, fiscal, etc.), and will meet the actors involved in these activities to identify the needs and regulations that it would be desirable to develop to stimulate planting activities. The actions of national consultants are coordinated by an international expert.
These studies are part of Component 1 of the FLEGT-REDD project, funded by the FFEM, and aim to contribute to the activity of developing pilot project concepts for innovative plantations in terms of timber requirements, firewood and agricultural products. On the other hand, and beyond the project, they participate in a broader reflection consisting of « proposing a way to change the model of forest concessions with a view to making the tropical rainforest a sustainable lever for the development of populations and territories « .
The results of the studies are expected in April 2018, and a feedback is expected in Côte d’Ivoire in May, and in Gabon in June for the next Racewood (20-22 June).