Indigenous and forest communities in Africa’s Congo Basin are the rainforest’s natural guardians. Yet they are being routinely evicted from their traditional lands to make way for ‘protected areas’, endangering not only their livelihoods but also the forest’s biodiversity.
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At a four-day workshop in Nguti sub-division, Cameroon, representatives from over 50 local communities presented the results of their participation in MappingForRights, RFUK’s community mapping and monitoring initiative.
MappingForRights, RFUK’s community mapping and monitoring initiative, has won a prestigious United Nations climate change award, it was announced today (Thursday 29th September).
The rainforests of the world are being destroyed at an increasingly rapid rate. Not only are the forests the lungs of our earth, there are millions of people living in and around the rainforests who depend on the forests for shelter, food, medicine and livelihoods.
The Rainforest Foundation UK (RFUK) is working to ensure the long-term protection of rainforests by securing the rights of indigenous communities to land, life and livelihoods.
By mapping their land a community claim their rights to land and defend their forest home from threats
By highlighting the presence of otherwise 'invisible' indigenous peoples and forest communities, this project hopes to bridge the gap between remote forest communities and central decision making processes to eradicate marginalisation of forest dwellers.
Palm oil production has had devastating effects in South East Asia. With palm oil producers looking to aggressively expand their operations in West and Central Africa, this project aims to raise awareness of the negative impacts and ensure Africa does not experience similar problems.
Conservation policy and practice has historically failed to take into account forest and indigenous peoples' rights and needs. In so doing, it has also failed to protect forests and biodiversity.