The application of Reduced Impact Logging (RIL) techniques is one of the important requirements for the certification of sustainable forest management. Previous experiences have already demonstrated the necessity and feasibility of the training in Reduced Impact Logging (RIL) techniques in the Congo Basin.
The program could fund training courses with the following subjects:
- Forest inventory and mapping
A training focused on the theory and practice of inventory methods and the translation of the data derived into maps utilized during the implementation of forest management. Duration 3-5 days.
- Road planning & construction
A training course involving theoretical procedures concerning road planning and a practical element where road construction and maintenance is taught in the field. Duration 5-6 days.
- Controlled felling
A practical course involving the interpretation of the impact of felling to the forest, instruction in controlled felling techniques, cross cutting techniques, chainsaw maintenance and safety procedures. Duration 6-7 days.
- Planned extraction (skidding)
A practical training course focusing on knowledge and maintenance of the machine, skid trail layout, skidding operations and safety procedures. Duration 5-6 days.
- Log landing/yard operations
A practical training course designed to supply guidelines for the positioning of log landings, minimizing damage to the forest, log measurement, cross cutting, log treatment, log loading techniques and safety procedures. Duration 3-4 days.
- Post-harvest operations
A course involving inspection of the environmental impact of the road construction and water works, of skid trails and log yards and checks on felling, extraction and the log yard on eventual waste and abandoned logs. Duration 4-5 days.
- First aid in the forest
First aid courses to all relevant personnel per section including road crews, felling crews, extraction crews and log yard crews. Duration 3-4 days.
- Management training in RIL
A summarized course on all RIL elements (mentioned above) for general and forest managers. All phases shall be treated emphasizing the implementation of RIL practices. Duration 4-5 days.
Any concession holder that requires training on these subjects is entitled to a maximum of 3 subjects to be covered under the scope of the program. The maximum costs eligible for co-funding of a RIL training covering 3 subjects is €180,- per 1,000 hectares. The CBP contributes 50% for non certified concessions and 25% for FSC certified concessions.