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Civil society organizations validated the analytical document on land use reform

There was a validation workshop of the analytical document on the evolutionary dimension of land / land allocation and the rights of local communities and indigenous peoples in the various sectoral laws (Land, forestry, agriculture, mining and forestry). on hydrocarbons) between Monday and Tuesday from May 27 to 28 at Sacred Heart.

 

Organized by the Center for Innovative Technologies and Sustainable Development (CTIDD) undertook an initiative in collaboration with environmental CSOs with the support of the Rights Resources Institute "RRI", this pilot project on land use reform in the Democratic Republic of Congo of the Congo will enable the CTIDD to produce an analytical document on the evolution of land / land allocation and the rights of indigenous peoples in different sectoral laws (land, forestry, agriculture, hydrocarbons ...) and their capitalization in ongoing TA reform. This document aims to trace the evolution of land / land allocation and the difficulties faced by local communities, indigenous peoples (women and young people) on the issue of land and forest security.

Mr ISSA LINGBELU / CTIDD research and training officer
Mr ISSA LINGBELU / CTIDD research and training officer

For Issa Lingbelu, CTIDD Regional Planning Project Manager, "The diversity of the DRC's natural resources can make it a developed country. But the absence of a National Land Use Planning (TA) policy and its tools (law, and management plans) at all administrative levels (national, provincial and local), added to the fragmentation of skills in territorial planning between several Ministries, leads to a multitude of conflicts of use between sectors and actors. Thus, a coherent and sustainable management of the space and the natural resources, in particular forest resources, can only be carried out in the opposite direction ".

Mr Jean-Pierre KHONDE Chief Executive Officer Spatial Management Service / General Secretariat for Planning of the territory
Mr Jean-Pierre KHONDE Chief Executive Officer Spatial Management Service / General Secretariat for Planning of the territory

For the Government representative, the Director Jean-Pierre KHONDE wa MASINGA, Head of Spatial Management / General Secretariat for Territorial Planning, who opened the meeting confirmed the country's commitment to the sustainable management of its spaces through this process. He thinks that the development of the Territory (AT) is the base capable of catalysing the harmonious and sustainable development of the country, it must necessarily go through the identification of existing conflicts of use, potential and different uses of land (infrastructure, agriculture, forestry, mining, energy, hydrocarbons, etc.) with a view to prioritizing their usefulness for the country's sustainable development. Based on the planning of potential uses as well as their use in a logic of optimization, one can well activate the community development while reducing the pressure on the forests. And this participatory planning within the framework of the Territorial Planning, will have to be based on the consultation process and the CLIP so that the clarification of the land ownership and land use patterns are elements of the development. sustainable non - destructive forest and less violator of rights.

Otherwise ; the TA reform will be based on the provisions / principles or options to be guaranteed in the various documents that will be produced in particular: The National Planning Policy (PNAT); Land Use Planning Framework Act (LCAT); The National Spatial Planning Scheme (SNAT); Provincial Land Use Plans (PPAT); Local Land Use Plans (PLAT).

(The Executive Director of CTIDD Ir Trésor BONDJEMBO on the left and Mr Guy KAJEMBA, in charge of GTCRR programs on the right)  
(The Executive Director of CTIDD Ir Trésor BONDJEMBO on the left and Mr Guy KAJEMBA, in charge of GTCRR programs on the right)  

The Executive Director of CTIDD Ir Trésor BONDJEMBO believes that the Democratic Republic of Congo is a nation in the center of Africa that has a huge potential that deserves a policy and laws clearly established for the development of its territory.

 

Many writings confirm that the resources available to the country can make it a developed country; but the absence of a National Land Use Planning (TA) policy and its tools (law, planning schemes) at all administrative levels (national, provincial, local), added to the fragmentation of competences of TA between several Ministries, leads to a multitude of conflicts of use between sectors and actors, which is why a coherent and sustainable management of the space and the natural resources, in particular forests is essential.

The AT is a foundation that can catalyze a harmonious and sustainable development of the country; on that, it will necessarily have to go through the identification of the existing conflicts of use, the potential and the different uses of the grounds (infrastructures, agriculture, forests, mines, energy, hydrocarbons, etc.) with a view to the prioritization of their utility. for the sustainable development of the country. Based on the planning of potential uses as well as their use in a logic of optimization, one can well activate the community development while reducing the pressure on the forests. And this participatory planning within the framework of the Territorial Planning, will have to be based on the consultation process and the CLIP so that the clarification of the land ownership and land use patterns are elements of the development. sustainable non-destructive forest and less violator of rights.

For the Renewed Climate Working Group "GTCRR" Guy Kajemba, the program officer clarified the civil society's commitment in the framework of REDD +, whose civil society structure advocates for the rights of local communities and indigenous peoples to be taken into account in the ongoing reforms for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.

 

The workshop ended with the validation of the Analytical Document on the evolution of land / land allocation and the rights of indigenous peoples in different sectoral laws (land, forestry, agriculture, hydrocarbons ...) for their capitalization in the Reform of the current TA. The participants successfully validated and the closing remarks were made respectively by Messrs. Trésor Bondjembo, Executive Director of CTIDD and Gabriel NTUMBA BIBOMBE Head of Division / Support to the Provinces and ETD.

This workshop was attended by several actors from civil society, state authorities, delegates from public institutions, the media; the women ; indigenous peoples; young people as well as development partners.

 

By Gloria IYOSSO, Communication Officer CTIDD