Democratic Republic of Congo: Tree Felling

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office written question – answered on 26th October 2021.

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Photo of Preet Kaur Gill Preet Kaur Gill Shadow Secretary of State for International Development

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what discussions she has had with her counterpart in the Democratic Republic of Congo on a moratorium on new logging concessions.

Photo of Vicky Ford Vicky Ford Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)

In recent engagements with the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)'s Vice-Prime Minister Bazaiba, the UK's Ambassador to DRC emphasised the need for greater transparency over future plans for DRC's forest governance, particularly in the context of the moratorium being lifted. We are in discussions regarding the ambitious commitments to governance reform that the DRC Government would make with the Central African Forestry Initiative (CAFI)'s support over the next 10 years. We remain engaged with DRC's Government, focusing support on results-based efforts that strengthen forest governance. We judge it important that we continue this engagement through programming as well as through policy dialogue. Current and future UK initiatives will help inform these policy discussions, including in support of progressive legal frameworks that both protect the rainforests and support sustainable development. We welcome the President's recent decision to suspend all illegal forestry concession contracts pending the final results of the ongoing audit.

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