In 2005, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) launched a comprehensive process to review historical logging titles and bring them into compliance with its recently enacted Forest Code to promote sustainable forest management. That process resulted in the conversion of 65 of the 156 titles reviewed, accounting for 10 of 22 million hectares. The remaining 91 titles, representing 12 million hectares, were deemed illegal and subject to cancellation: a huge step of progress for sustainable forest management in the DRC.
This map shows the results of the title conversion process. Areas in orange represent “converted” concessions deemed admissible under the new regime. Areas in gray show inadmissible concessions subject to cancellation. Protected areas are shown in green.