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Central African Regional Program for the Environment (CARPE) Information Management Tool (IMT)

by Portal Web Editor last modified Jan 10, 2013 09:49 AM
Contributors: USAID, University of Maryland
The CARPE Information Management Tool organizes information and reports from its partners for the 12 CARPE/CBFP landscapes and for macro-zones within each landscape (protected areas, community zones and extractive resource zones). Landscape-level documents can be found by clicking on the landscape name on the sidebar or by clicking on the landscape in the Congo Basin map. Information on the consortium team managing each landscape can be found on the first tab. Landscape-wide reports from CARPE partners are found in the next three tabs: Land Use Planning documents (Strategy Documents and Management Plans) are posted and the overall status of the Land Use Planning process is summarized (explained below). Other reports are categorized as either Ecological, Socio-economic, or Stakeholder Participation information. The activity budgets for each landscape for each US Government fiscal year are found under the “Activity Budget” tab.


Central African Regional Program for the Environment Information Management Tool 


CARPE supports a large-scale tropical forest landscape management planning process as part of its overall objective to slow the rate of tropical forest and biodiversity loss in Central Africa. This site is being made available to CARPE partners, stakeholders and members of the general public who may be interested in following the progress of this undertaking. Landscape planning is a highly dynamic process, and therefore the site will change periodically as new information becomes available. In principle, it will be updated only once each year, but changes and updates may be made at any time if warranted.

The information is organized according to each of the 12 CARPE/Congo Basin Forest Partnership (CBFP) landscape programs according to the principal processes that CARPE partners use to develop both landscape management plans and macro-zone management plans. The guides and reporting manuals that describe this process in more detail are available on the main CARPE web site.

Each landscape is divided into macro-zones as the planning process matures. Once a landscape is selected, information on these macro-zones can be reached by clicking on “macro-zones” at the bottom of the list of landscapes, or by clicking on the last tab.

A landscape map then loads showing existing macro-zones, and a list of the macro-zones appears on the sidebar.
There are three different types of macro-zone:

- Protected Area (PA) categories can be defined according to a classification system developed by IUCN, and includes national parks.

- Community-Based Natural Resource Management (CBNRM) areas are lands in which communities have tenure over natural resources and manage them for communal benefit through a variety of traditional and modern systems.

- Extractive Resource Zones (ERZ) include forest concessions, large-scale private plantations, mining, sport hunting zones, and energy and transportation infrastructure.

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