News and discussion about forest mapping and land tenure in the Congo Basin

Actualités et analyses sur la cartographie et les droits aux terres dans le bassin du Congo

DRC: National roundtable sets the stage for a new era of community forestry

DRC: National roundtable sets the stage for a new era of community forestry

A third national Roundtable on Community Forestry took place this month in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), bringing together 90 stakeholders from across government, Congolese civil society and the international community. In February 2016, the DRC government passed game-changing community forest legislation in what is arguably the most significant legal development related to Central Africa’s tropical forests in recent…

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RFUK receives UN 'Momentum for Change' Award in Marrakech

RFUK receives UN ‘Momentum for Change’ Award in Marrakech

The Rainforest Foundation UK was in Marrakech, Morroco last week to accept the 2016 ‘Momentum for Change’ award, presented by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The award ceremony, held during the COP22 climate conference, was an opportunity to showcase innovative initiatives from around the world that offer real solutions to address climate change. This prestigious prize was…

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New website launched to expose global protected area abuses

New website launched to expose global protected area abuses

Biodiversity and wildlife conservation is crucially important. But it has a dark side. From the Congo Basin to Kenya, India and Peru, Mongolia to Uganda, the designation of natural habitats as “protected areas” has brought dispossession, hardship and persecution to indigenous peoples and local communities who have lived there for centuries. It is to expose these abuses that environmental writer…

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Is Mai Ndombe REDDy?

Is Mai Ndombe REDDy?

As the Participants Committee of the World Bank-managed Carbon Fund approves DRC’s flagship Mai Ndombe REDD programme, further evidence of customary claims over the area casts doubt as to who will benefit from the scheme. The Mai Ndombe ‘emissions reduction’ programme will potentially unlock $50 million in carbon credit purchases, which will require huge international investments to create in the…

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New community mapping data exposes serious flaws in protected areas system

New community mapping data exposes serious flaws in protected areas system

New community data on MfR has provided more evidence of how protected areas in the Congo Basin have been superimposed over customary lands, raising further questions about how these areas are created and the extent of public consultation. Nearly all of the local villages located in and around the 714,000-hectare Tumba Lediima Reserve in Western DRC have now been mapped,…

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