On 14 March the National Steering Committee of the GEF6 project 'GLOBE Legislators advancing REDD+ and Natural Capital Governance towards the Delivery of the 2030 Agenda' in the Democratic Republic of Congo adopted the 2020 Annual Work Plan and announced the official launch of project activities, in a workshop bringing together Deputies and Senators, central government delegates and the Members of the National Steering Committee.
Legislators present included Hon. Jean KIBUNDA, Rapporteur of the Environment and Sustainable Development Committee of the National Assembly ; Hon. Flory NTUMBA MBUYI, Deputy Rapporteur of the Senate Committee on Infrastructure and Town and Country Planning ; Mr. KIZUNRUKA, Representative of the Chairman of the Environment and Sustainable Development Committee of the National Assembly ; Monsieur GRÉGOIRE, Chief of Staff to the Minister of the Environment and Sustainable Development ; Mr. Gérard KENAKOKO, Representative of the Minister for Regional Planning ; Mr. Jules MAKALAKA MBALANI , Representative of the Minister of Planning, alongside the President of GLOBE DRC, Hon. Jean-Pierre TSHIMANGA BUANA. Mr. Rafael JIMÉNEZ-AYBAR, Project Director, participated remotely.
The President of GLOBE DRC, Hon. TSHIMANGA BUANA, asked his parliamentary colleagues to become aware of their role and responsibilities with regard to the conservation and sustainable management of forests; to act responsibly and to master the issues related to the legislative acts they are mandated to enact; to develop a better understanding of current environmental issues; and to have a solid grasp of the challenges related to the conservation and sustainable management of forests.
Before concluding his remarks, Hon. Jean-Pierre TSHIMANGA BUANA listed the obligations that belong to stakeholders, each in their own right: for parliamentarians, to pass laws relating to the environment and monitor their enforcement; for governments to take decisions, regulations and enforcement measures related to the environmental sector; and for the civil society, to support and accompany the efforts of political leaders.
The National Coordinator, Henri Christin LONGENDJA, presented the 2020 Annual Work Plan and budget, emphasizing the mission and role of the National Steering Committee. He also pointed out that the involvement of all stakeholders is more than necessary for the success of the project, given the limited means available.
Finally, the National Project Coordinator informed the participants that greater resources could be mobilized if there is full involvement of all stakeholders.
Interventions from the floor suggested that the organizers take steps to get the Prime Minister, Head of government, to get involved; a request for GLOBE DRC to organise a capacity building session for the other Members of the National Steering Committee; and for the the National Coordination of the project to look for partners to provide the necessary capital to increase the project budget.
The following resolutions were adopted under the leadership of the President of the National Steering Committee, Mr. George ASSANI KIZUNGURUKA, Representative of the Minister of Environment and Sustainable Development:
- That complementary capacity building sessions be organised for staff of the various Ministries concerned, as the project is focused primarily on legislators;
- That the Minister issue an Order designating the members of the NPC to ensure the effectiveness and longevity of the project;
- That the Ministry of the Environment and Sustainable Development, the national chapter GLOBE DRC and the Coordination of the project find other Institutions to mobilize other necessary capital;
- That the Project Director seeks to mobilise other international organizations working in the environment sector in the DRC to support the project technically, financially and materially;
- That the National Coordination of the Project through the GLOBE DRC Chapter solicits the personal involvement of the Prime Minister and the Presidency of the Republic;
- That a sensitisation campaign be organised in Parliament with the aim of making the project known in parliamentary circles, particularly in the National Assembly and the Senate.
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THE PROJECT IN THE NEWS
Clip broadcast by the Radio Télévision Nationale Congolaise
Courrier de Kinshasa: http://www.adiac-congo.com/content/processus-reed-lancement-officiel-du-projet-fem-6-114228
Courrier de Kinshasa, 11/02/2020: report on the meeting granted by the Minister of the Environment and Sustainable Development to the National Coordination of the project: http://www.adiac-congo.com/content/processus-redd-presentation-du-chapitre-globe-rdc-et-du-projet-fem6-au-ministre-de
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