US News DRC: Faced with deforestation, the government relies on gas

03:30  07 march  2021
03:30  07 march  2021 Source:   rfi.fr

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Forêt primaire humide en République démocratique du Congo. © Photo by DeAgostini / Getty Images Humid primary forest in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The government of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) wants to change habits and distribute gas at a lower cost in order to save the Congolese forest. The first phase began in March 2020 in Kinshasa and in the province of Kongo central. This weekend, the Congolese Minister of the Environment, Claude Nyamugabo, launched the second phase of the project which now extends to three other provinces.

With our correspondent in Kinshasa, Pascal Mulegwa

The goal of the Congolese government is that charcoal is no longer used. During the first phase launched in March 2020, tens of thousands of gas kits were sold at a lower cost to the populations of the capital, Kinshasa, is satisfied the Minister of Environment and Sustainable Development, Claude Nyamugabo.

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“More than 50,000 gas kits have been distributed to the population, thus saving 250 hectares of forests annually by continuously recharging the bottles sold, and covering approximately 2.5% of the households concerned. , he explains. It has been proven that all mothers who have tried using household gas have realized that it is more beneficial, more economical. But for us, as the Ministry of the Environment, this project consists of saving our forests in Kinshasa and in the provinces concerned ”.

Real alternative or smokescreen?

The government participates to the tune of two million US dollars in distribution with a company in which it holds 50% of the shares: SOGAZ, a subsidiary of the Société congolaise des industries et de raffinerie (SOCIR), which produces gas for domestic use . The provinces of Kwilu, Kwango and Mai-Ndombe will be the next to benefit from this program. But the territory has 26 provinces and only five are covered.

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Claude Nyamugabo ensures that this project "pursues the ambition of total coverage of the country in the coming months, reaching various other corners of the Republic". This does not exclude, he continues, "the possibility for the government to involve, in the future, other private butane gas companies in the implementation of this project in countries where our partner would not be. not operational ”.

Gas cooking, a real alternative to charcoal? NGOs deplore never having had access to the conclusions of environmental impact studies on the use of gas by households. In recent weeks, organizations like Greenpeace have been surprised by the government's anti-deforestation announcements, which they point to the illegal allocation of logging concessions.

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