Forest Law is one of our oldest practice areas. We advise and represent clients throughout the for all legal issues affecting the forestry sector.
In particular, we advise on the development of policies for legislative initiatives in the DRC.
The DRC holds most of the forest in the world. It is ranked second after Brazil. It attracts both public and private investors around the world to undertake forest exploiting.
In order to make it attractive, the Congolese forest sector is governed by a number of laws, regulations and policies that regulate the conditions under which a forestry activity is carried out.
According to the Forest Code, the forests are subdivided into 3 categories especially: permanent production forests, classified forests and local community forests.
Our legal services focus on:
- Advising clients to apply and obtain full range of licenses, cutting permits, certificates relating to forest sector;
- Advising and drafting the forestry concessions agreements, social clauses of specifications and agreement protocol;
- Advising and assisting on legal and administrative formalities related to the signature of forestry document with central, provincial and local authorities;
- Advising and negotiating on social clauses of specifications between industrial forestry operators and local communities;
- Advising and carrying out field missions of monitoring and evaluation of the achievements of the social clauses of specifications;
- Advising on implementation, monitoring and evaluation of forestry projects;