Deal #4995

Location #1

Spatial accuracy level
Exact location
Location
Ingende, Democratic Republic of the Congo

Latitude
-0.3100398
Longitude
18.938337700000034
Target country
Congo, Dem. Rep.
Contract area
Comment on location
Description of contract area in contract, page 2

Land area

Intended size (in ha)
229476.0
Size under contract (leased or purchased area, in ha)
[2011] 229476

Intention of investment

Intention of investment
Forest logging / management (for wood and fibre)

Nature of the deal

Nature of the deal
Concession
Comment on nature of the deal
forest concession

Negotiation status

Negotiation status
[2011] Concluded (Contract signed)
Comment on negotiation status
former concession: the “title had been held since 2003 by Société d’Exploitation Forestière et Construction SPRL (Soexforco). Contract number is 04/11.

Implementation status

Implementation status
In operation (production)

Leasing fees

Comment on leasing fees
Contract states: leasing fee payable for the area for the duration of this contract is that set by Article 1 of the ministerial decree No. 10 of 17 March 2004.

Contract farming

Contract farming
No

Contract #1

Contract number
411
Contract date
2011-08-04
Duration of the agreement (in years)
25

Operating company

 

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Data source #1

Data source type
Contract
Date
2004-08-04
Open Contracting ID
ocds-591adf-8844454518
Comment on data source
Description of contract area in contract, page 2

Data source #2

Data source type
Media report
File
Date
2013-11-27

Data source #3

Data source type
Research Paper / Policy Report
File
Date
2014-02-04

Data source #4

Data source type
Research Paper / Policy Report
File
Date
2013-04-24

Data source #5

Data source type
Media report
File
Comment on data source
Fern- Issue 188 December 2013 EU Timber Regulation put to the test

Data source #6

Data source type
Media report
File
Date
2013-07-03
Comment on data source
Danzer rejects Greenpeace’s EUTR approach

Data source #7

Data source type
Media report
File
Date
2013-11-29
Comment on data source
Press releases GREENPEACE - Germany seizes Congolese wood in strongest EU action yet against illegal timber trade

Data source #8

Data source type
Research Paper / Policy Report
File
Date
2014-07-07
Comment on data source
Global witness- Re: Afrormosia (Pericopsis elata) from the Democratic Republic of Congo

Data source #9

Data source type
Other (Please specify in comment field)
File
Comment on data source
Moabi DRC

Data source #10

Data source type
Contract
Open Contracting ID
ocds-591adf-5743709983
Comment on data source
Forest Management plan from Openlandcontracts

Data source #11

Data source type
Contract
Open Contracting ID
ocds-591adf-5747483806
Comment on data source
Bakri Bois Corporation, Groupement Bombwanza, Clause Sociale, 2011

Data source #12

Data source type
Contract
Open Contracting ID
ocds-591adf-8304039878

Presence of organizations and actions taken (e.g. farmer organizations, NGOs, etc.)

Presence of organizations and actions taken (e.g. farmer organizations, NGOs, etc.)
This deal is criticised massively and proposed for cancellation: In 2012, the EU-funded Independent Observer of Forestry Control in DRC, Resource Extraction Monitoring (REM), called for the immediate cancellation of BBC’s concession contract – as of April 2, 2013, there was no legal action against the company. In addition to logging without a valid permit, BBC was accused of “applying fraudulent markings to wood, violation of a social investment contract, pollution, faulty records, logging Wengé wood without special authorisation, and non-payment of fees owed to the ministry for updating its allocation map.” “On August 7, 2013, Greenpeace Africa, Global Witness and Congolese NGOs wrote to the Minister of Environment regarding BBC’s illegal logging and contract. He replied saying he was in the process of setting up an “expert commission” to look into the matter. Five months later nothing had happened.” (Greenpeace Case Study II, 2014, pp. 3 f.)

Former land owner (not by constitution)

Comment on former land owner
former concession: the “title had been held since 2003 by Société d’Exploitation Forestière et Construction SPRL (Soexforco), whose CEO, Jihad Abbas Bakri, is also the CEO of BBC [the investor]”. In December 2003, for financial reasons Soexforco sought to transfer its logging title to BBC. This never occurred, instead in 2011 BBC was granted the concession.

Former land use

Former land use
Forestry

Former land cover

Former land cover
Forest land

Detailed crop, animal and mineral information

Crops area
Trees (unspecified)

Use of produce

Has export
Yes
Export
100
Country 1
Germany
Country 2
Czech Republic
Comment on use of produce
"llegal shipments of Wengé logs from the Congolese firm Bakri Bois Corporation (BBC) destined for two German operators were confiscated in November 2013 after German authorities established that official documents from Congo’s Environment Ministry had been forged. The wood had been unloaded in April at Antwerp port on behalf of the Swiss-based company Bois d’Afrique Mondiale S.A.. Alarmingly, BAM has yet to be held accountable for these actions and other batches of illegal BBC wood in the Czech Republic, Italy and in Antwerp port have not been confiscate".

In country processing of produce

In country processing of produce
No

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