Deforestation Trends in the Congo Basin: Main Recommendations

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A study on Deforestation Trends in the Congo Basin includes a number of recommendations policy makers can refine and flesh out at the national level in order to better reconcile economic growth and forest protection:

Cross-cutting Issues
  • Invest in participatory land use planning
  • Improve land tenure schemes
  • Strengthen institutions
Agriculture
  • Prioritize agricultural expansion on non-forested areas
  • Empower smallholder farmers
  • Promote a sustainable large-scale agribusiness industry
  • Foster win-win partnerships between large-scale operators and smallholders
  • Reinvigorate R&D towards sustainable productivity increase
Biomass Energy
  • Put woodfuel energy higher on the political agenda
  • Optimize the fuelwood/charcoal value chain