Several regulatory texts have been adopted to move towards a better planning, starting with the 2003 Law on the Organisation and Functioning of Local Authorities and the Orientation Law for the Development and Planning of the Territory adopted in 2014, but their application is still only very partial. The Pool is thus the only department in Congo to benefit from a Departmental Development Plan, developed by Initiative Développement in line with the 2003 Law, while the first Departmental Spatial Planning Scheme (SDAT in French) already drawn up on a pilot basis are considered to be very perfectible by the General Directorate of Land Use Planning.
Therefore, the challenge is to support the MATIER involved in the co-design of the upcoming Central African Forest Initiative (CAFI) programme on land-use planning through the inclusive development of a local land-use planning methodology, tested and validated at departmental level.
Implemented by Initiative Développement, the approach involves the following steps:
- Engage in one department with local stakeholders to co-develop the SDAT methodology.
- Propose to MATIER a SDAT methodology for which principles were previously agreed/validated at the departmental level.
- Document and illustrate the development of the methodology through the elaboration of a briefing / story.
- Support the MATIER on the organisation and facilitation of coordination meetings with its partners, in particular with AFD and partners regarding the articulation between SDAT and the overall land-use planning strategy supported by CAFI.