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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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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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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ForestLink community real-time monitoring system being rolled out in Peru, Ghana, Cameroon and DRC

ForestLink community real-time monitoring system being rolled out in Peru, Ghana, Cameroon and DRC

Following the successful launch and piloting of the community real-time monitoring system in Cameroon, the initiative is now also being rolled out in Peru, Ghana and DRC with support from the UK Department for International Development and the Waterloo Foundation. The low-cost system, which allows communities to send near real-time illegal logging alerts even from areas where there is no…

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Landmark community mapping exercise can provide solid basis for community forests, land-use planning and development interventions

Landmark community mapping exercise can provide solid basis for community forests, land-use planning and development interventions

Communities have completed mapping of the Lukolela territory in Western DRC, marking the first time that customary tenure and resource use has been recorded over such an entire administrative division. A total of 73 communities with a population of nearly 120,000 have mapped an area of 655,000 hectares. This detailed picture of customary land tenure arrangements comes at a time…

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Roundtable: Group helps set the course for DRC’s first community forests

Roundtable: Group helps set the course for DRC’s first community forests

A second national roundtable in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) took place last month [1], where 90 stakeholders from across government, civil society and the donor community reaffirmed their commitment to successfully help implement the first ever community forestry initiatives in the Central African country. Recent regulation allowing communities to apply for and manage community forest concessions was passed…

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