News Round-up: Oct 28 – Nov 10, 2013

Brazzaville Declaration – October 28, 2013

Backed by six countries, Brazzaville Declaration is latest effort to slow destruction of valuable habitat but lacks detail about the potential role of local communities, of which there are many tens of thousands in the Central African forests.

Communities can monitor forests ‘as well as experts’ – October 29, 2013
Communities living alongside the world’s tropical forests can estimate an area’s carbon stocks as effectively as hi-tech systems, a study has shown.

Indigenous Leaders Say Stronger Land Rights Helped Slow Deforestation – October 29, 2013
Indigenous people have always been among the most responsible stewards of forestland, and new research backs that up. A report released today at the Oslo REDD Exchange 2013, an international conference in Norway, identifies a clear correlation between indigenous land tenure and healthy forests.

Key Findings from GLOBE Forest Legislation Study presented in Oslo – October 30, 2013
The GLOBE International Forest Legislation Initiative presented the key findings of the 1st GLOBE Forest Legislation Study at the Oslo REDD Exchange of 29-30 October 2013 in Oslo.

Logging Tax Avoidance in DRC – October 31, 2013
Global Witness – 90 Percent of DR Congo’s Logging Revenues Lost to Tax Avoidance in 2012.

Land conflicts will burn you, big ag (Or… The business case for respecting land rights in the developing world) – October 31, 2013
Access to land has become a critical front in the long-running battles between big business and local communities.

Cameroon’s nomads put hopes in land rights – November 5, 2013
Cameroon is working on land reforms that could offer a lifeline to the Mbororo people. As land use intensifies, the nomads are increasingly subject to persecution and attacks on their cattle.

Africa’s agribusiness worth US$1 trillion by 2030 – November 5, 2013
African farmers and the agribusiness sector could create a trillion-dollar food market by 2030 if they could access more capital and electricity, better technology and irrigated land, according to a World Bank report released in March 2013.

Palm oil companies ignoring community rights, new study shows – November 7, 2013
Some of the largest palm oil companies are clearing forests and peat lands without seeking consent of local communities, leading to a spate of unresolved conflicts in plantation concessions around the world, warns a coalition of NGOs and researchers.

Quarterly magazine of the Réseau Ressources Naturelles (RRN) from DRC – (September 30, 2013 Edition),102

Global Forests Event Calendar from the IDL Group