How to involve women in forest management: Lessons from DRC

How to involve women in forest management: Lessons from DRC

“Women, and indigenous women in particular, need to be included in decision-making on ecosystem use at all levels, as essential players in preserving our planet.” –UN Women Ruth Badubaye has been working with rainforest communities in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) for several years. Formerly a GIS (geographic information systems) technician with Congolese organisation GASHE (Group d’Action pour Sauver l’Homme…

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Community based monitoring in Cameroon helps bring illegal loggers to justice

Community based monitoring in Cameroon helps bring illegal loggers to justice

Loggers in Cameroon are now under increased scrutiny, as alerts from local forest monitors have started making their way to law enforcement agencies. Several of these alerts – sent through a real-time monitoring system called ForestLink, developed by the Rainforest Foundation UK (RFUK) in partnership with local organisation FODER (Forêts et Développement Rural) – have contributed to legal sanctions against logging…

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Community forests: from theory to practice

Community forests: from theory to practice

What does a community-managed forest look like in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)? That is precisely the question that the Rainforest Foundation UK (RFUK) and our partners are currently working to answer through our Community Forests (CF) project, funded by the UK Department for International Development (DfID). In February 2016, the DRC government passed landmark community forest legislation, creating…

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Tropical Forest Community Mapping Initiative points the way to next generation of participatory mapping

Tropical Forest Community Mapping Initiative points the way to next generation of participatory mapping

Building on the MappingForRights initiative in the Congo Basin, the Rainforest Foundations (UK, US and Norway) recently undertook a global assessment into the feasibility of establishing a pan-tropical online interactive mapping facility of forest peoples’ lands. The consultation of more than 70 indigenous organisations and NGOs showed there is significant and urgent demand for the kind of tools developed under…

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