The Congo basin is estimated to include 530 million hectares of land and 200-300 million in forest/woodland with an area that is approximately 1,232,000 m2, more than 45% of the African equatorial forest and 6% of
the world tropical reserves. Congolese forest contains more or less 1,000 species of trees. The uniqueness of the Congo is its 11,000 different species of plants often referred as medicinal along with rainforest vegetation that has most dense parts receiving only 1% of the sunlight reaching the ground. DRC investment projects is to plant 3 million hectares (ha) of forest up to 2025.


UNIQUE TO THE DRC

  • Lianas, which look a lot like vines that grow up to three thousand feet long (914 meters).
  • Teak trees are common in the rainforest of the Congo and grow up to 50 meters (154 feet) high.

POTENTIALS

  • Production potential: 10,000.000 m3 of wood per year.
  • Forest area: 150 million ha.
  • Forest conceded area: 11 million ha.

INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITIES

  • Investment in agro forestry;
  • Development of production industries for paper pasta;
  • Industrial transformation of wood: sawing, cutting, plywood, beam and rafters;
  • Production of wooden poles for electric lines;
  • Production and transportation of logs;
  • 16 plots of land available returned by their former owners to the government after the conversion process.

NEW REFORM

  • The enactment of a new forestry code in 2002. Withdrawal of the moratorium.
  • Fight against the illegal use and unlawful business of wood.
  • Continuation of the forest laying out process in order to guarantee a national and sustainable management.