Meeting on the definition of peatlands in Kinshasa

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Kinshasa, June 19th, 2021 (CPA).- Delegates from national and international structures interested in the theme related to peatlands met on Friday, in a video conference, in order to share preliminary ideas on the definition of peatlands as well as possible typologies

Organized by the Peatland Management Unit of the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development, this meeting is part of a preliminary meeting on the definition and identification of peatland typologies.

According to the head of this unit, Jean Jacques Bambuta, who confided in the ACP, the DRC, needing multisectoral data including mapping, is called upon to develop a definition of the peatland and to identify the possible typologies. . The meeting will take into account, in the inventory, the mapping of peatlands and the possible typologies existing in the country.

Mr. Bambuta recalled that the DRC has launched its country dynamic dedicated to the valuation of peatlands, in response to one of the recommendations of the third meeting of the Global Peatland Initiative which was held in March 2018 in Brazzaville.

The first national information workshop on peatlands held in Kinshasa in July 2019 resulted in a roadmap for the preparatory phase for peatland management, while the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development presented the national vision. on this ecosystem during the round table in December 2020.

The Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development has data on the legal framework conducive to peatland management as well as a picture of national competencies in this ecosystem. Two activities were carried out with the support of USAID’s Wetlands Adaptation and Mitigation Program (SWAMP), through the International Programs of the United States Forest Service (USFS) and the Center for Forest Research. International (CIFOR). ACP/