One of the conditions imposed by Congolese civil society is the reinforcement capacity of the DRC forest administration. Congolese civil society is not wrong in relation to the recent Greenpeace.
Greenpeace called for Tuesday, May 15, 2012 at the DRC government to cancel artisanal licenses used for industrial forest operations.
According to two Greenpeace Africa officials in charge of forest campaign, Juvin Akiak and Irene Wabiwa, this request comes after a recent research did by the Natural Resources Network and Greenpeace, which shows the expansion of industrial forest exploitation disguised as an artisanal exploitation. For Juvin Akiak, “industrials are working outside any control and in all impunity." Congolese civil society is right when it claims the maintaining of the moratorium on the allocation of new forest as the DRC forest administration is what it is today.
The current moratorium on issuing of new industrial forestry concessions forbids to the Congolese government to grant concessions to industrial wood. However, the issuing of artisanal exploitation forest permits seems to have increased considerably in recent years. Artisanal exploitation is on small scale in forests known as "local communities”, it is reserved to simple Congolese businessmen.
According Wabiwa, "Industrial exploitation forest is usually developed by companies, but we find that industrial forest operations are conducted with artisanal permits, which is a violation of the moratorium." Research has also shown that, in Bandundu province, many artisanal forest permits were not granted by the province governor but the Environment Ministry in the capital Kinshasa. "This creates an additional confusion because permits issued by the Ministry are entitled" artisanal forest license”, but in reality are attributed to industrial exploitation.
The question that arises is to know whether the current government of Matata Ponyo will respect this moratorium and end this confusion.