An audience at The Royal Institution (RI) in London on Wednesday heard how millions of ‘community forest monitors’ could be mobilised by a new system devised by RFUK that enables them to report illegal logging in real-time.
The Rainforest Foundation UK is hosting an event at the Royal Institution in London on Wednesday 24th June to discuss a new innovative technological system that enables remote forest communities to report illegal activities in real-time. The panel discussion, chaired by RFUK's executive director, Simon Counsell, will also explore the opportunities, implications and challenges for forest governance.
Indigenous representatives from around the world convened last week in New York to share experiences of community mapping and how emerging technologies could help scale up efforts to document forest peoples’ occupation and use of rainforests in the face of increasing threats.
Today, we are launching a technologically innovative system that gives forest peoples the opportunity to send near-instantaneous, highly geographically accurate reports of illegal felling of trees, such as by timber or palm oil companies, from anywhere in the world, even where there is no mobile, phone or internet connectivity.
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.
In the Congo Basin, indigenous peoples and forest communities have become extremely vulnerable due to discrimination, exclusion from governance processes and rights violations.
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