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Stakeholders in Republic of the Congo develop online tool for public monitoring of FLEGT legality indicators

The civil society organisations Cercle d'Appui à la Gestion Durable des Forêts (CAGDF) and World Resources Institute(WRI) are developing an electronic database that will allow the public to monitor VPA legality indicators online. The database is being developed with the technical support of its principal user, the private sector. Thirteen forest enterprises have been trained on how to use the portal in the piloting phase of the project. This database can be integrated into the timber legality assurance system being developed as part of the Congo-EU VPA. The enterprises involved see this as an opportunity to communicate their compliance practices to the public. This also helps trade partners gather information for their due diligence systems, which is required by the EU Timber Regulation.

The electronic database also makes independent monitoring data available. It will allow the data collected during the independent observer's field missions to be accessible to businesses using the system.

CAGDF is also strengthening the capacity of the Department of Forest Economics, part of the Ministry of Forest Economy and Sustainable Development (MEFDD), to manage this online tool.

During the second phase of the project, more forest enterprises will be trained in how to use the database, to register in the database, and to contribute their information.

This work is part of WRI's Forestry Transparency Initiative. This initiative is developing a searchable repository of information on the logging concessions and wood processing companies operating in Central Africa. The initiative is funded through the EU FAO FLEGT Programme.

For more information visit the Forestry Transparency Initiative website.