Through CIB we have been a pioneer in Responsible and Sustainable Forest Management in the Congo Basin with 4 Management Plans currently undertaken and one more to be finalised by 2018.
We specialise in the responsible harvesting and processing of tropical hardwoods for a variety of uses including door and window frames, flooring, marine timber and furniture.
We have been operating in the Republic of Congo since 1968. Our operations are headquartered in Pokola. We manage over 2 million hectares (ha) of natural forest of which about 1.3 million ha are FSC® certified – one of the world’s largest contiguous FSC® certified tropical hardwood concessions* (license numbers)
. Our most recent concession of around 671,000 ha also leased from the Republic of Congo..
A further 92,000 ha of North Pikounda concession are preserved as a carbon sink under a REDD+ programme* in a public private partnership with the Republic of Congo which aims to help realise value from standing forests through carbon credits. We have also undertaken initiatives that help protect the forest from illegal logging and encroachment.
We support in the development and implementation of best harvesting practices, working closely with international industry and trade institutions such as the Association Technique Internationale des Bois Tropicaux (ATIBT). We have strong links with technology and research institutions, both in Europe and in the tropics, and regularly invite scientific teams to work in our forest concessions.
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The CIB supports multiple initiatives to help improve the lives of communities living in and around the forest. Particularly important is a community radio station called Biso na Biso which broadcasts information to remote tribes about health camps, changes in governmental policies and laws, and CIB’s operations. Ajita Chowhan accompanied the radio team to gather content in the northern Congo Basin.