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DRC Land Tenure Study

DRC Land Tenure Study
Date: 03/10/2014

“Squatters on their own lands”: DRC forest communities impoverished by their government’s “unfair and outdated” laws – report finds

A new report published today by the Rainforest Foundation UK challenges current laws in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) which ascribe all ownership of land to the State and deprive forest dwelling people of any right to own or protect forest for their own benefit.


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RFUK BRIEFING

RFUK BRIEFING: Community Forest Decree - DRC
Date: 30/09/2014
New Community Forest Decree in DRC – Briefing
 
The DRC is at a cross-roads. The passing of the long-awaited community forest decree, ongoing land reform initiatives, land-use zoning/planning and the development of very 
large-scale REDD projects, are all likely to have an important impact on the world’s 
second largest rainforest and its inhabitants.
 
Over the next two months, the Rainforest Foundation UK will be publishing a short 
series of new briefings and research studies examining the underlying challenges for forest governance in DRC and the wider Congo Basin. 
 
 
 

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Enough Rainforest Martyrs

Enough Rainforest Martyrs
Date: 22/09/2014

RAINFOREST FOUNDATION STATEMENT

Four Peruvian indigenous environmental and human rights activists, including outspoken Asháninka leader Edwin Chota, were brutally murdered  on September 1st or 2nd, 2014, near the Brazilian border, presumably by illegal loggers from whom they had been receiving death threats. Unfortunately this is not an isolated incident, but follows a long-term pattern of deadly violence against environmental defenders worldwide.

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Ruth honoured by Peruvian Congress

Ruth honoured by Peruvian Congress
Date: 09/09/2014

Ruth honoured by Peruvian Congress 

Indigenous Asháninka leader Ruth Buendía was yesterday (Monday) awarded with a Diploma of Honour of the Republic. She was presented the award at a special ceremony chaired by the President of the Peruvian Congress Ana María Solórzano who officially recognised her work defending the environmental rights of the Asháninka in Peru.

Photo Credit: CARE


 

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Amazonian Leader Receives Indigenous Award for Rights Advocacy

Amazonian Leader Receives Indigenous Award for Rights Advocacy
Date: 27/08/2014

Amazonian leader receives indigenous award for rights advocacy

Indigenous leader and Rainforest Foundation UK (RFUK) partner Ruth Buendía has been awarded the Bartolomé de las Casas prize for her commitment to standing up for the human and environmental rights of the Asháninka people in the Peruvian Amazon.

The jury, acting for the Spanish Foreign Ministry’s Secretary of State for International Cooperation and for Ibero-America together with Casa de America, praised her activism that helped to halt the development of the Pakitzapango dam, which would have flooded the rainforest home of 10,000 indigenous people.

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UPDATE FROM THE FIELD

UPDATE FROM THE FIELD
Date: 20/08/2014

CAMEROON

RFUK staffer Georges-Thierry Handja (pictured) has just finished training sixteen Cameroonians who will join our team as we start to map areas of rainforest under imminent threat from palm oil companies, logging and road-building.


Over the next five years, we aim to digitally map an area of Congo Basin rainforest 30 times the size of Greater London, showing where local communities live, which areas they are protecting, and information about their access to health care, jobs and schools.

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World Bank Safeguard Policies

World Bank Safeguard Policies
Date: 08/08/2014

Proposed changes to World Bank safeguard policies will undermine decades of advances in indigenous peoples’ rights – Rainforest Foundation UK (RFUK)

As the United Nations (UN), prepares to mark International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples tomorrow, August 9, the rights of the world’s indigenous peoples are now under greater threat by new policies being promoted by the World Bank, the international financial institution that provides funding for projects in developing countries.  

The Bank has recently unveiled a new set of ‘safeguard’ policies, with which it is supposed to comply with to ensure that the billions of dollars it lends for projects such as roads, dams and logging schemes each year cause no harm to local people or the environment, and do not infringe their rights.

 

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Kemito Ene at Festival

Kemito Ene at Festival
Date: 31/07/2014

Kemito Ene present their produce at Cocoa and Chocolate festival Peru

More than 30,000 people attended the annual chocolate festival, Salon del Cocoa y Chocolate in Peru where producers, including Kemito Ene – the Asháninka indigenous cocoa association from the Ene River – showcased their products to the market and appealed to prospective buyers.

At the festival, held between 4 – 6 July, the President, Claudio Vasquez and Treasurer, Mauro Mendoza of Kemito Ene introduced the crowd to their highly aromatic cocoa, which had been produced by more than 130 Asháninka families.

PHOTO CREDIT: MIKE GOLDWATER

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JOB VACANCY AT RFUK

JOB VACANCY AT RFUK
Date: 23/07/2014

Programmes Administrator

The Rainforest Foundation UK is looking to find a dedicated Programmes Administrator to provide key administrative, financial and logistical support to around 12 programmes staff (4 with full time support, and 8 with general support) who are managing a number of projects, primarily in the Congo Basin but also currently in Peru. The Programmes Administrator will work closely with the Head of Programmes.

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Extension du projet de cartographie participative dans l'Ingende, territoire de la province de l’Équateur, en République démocratique du Congo

Extension du projet de cartographie participative dans l'Ingende, territoire de la province de l’Équateur, en République démocratique du Congo
Date: 09/07/2014
Extension du projet de cartographie participative dans l'Ingende, territoire de la province de l’Équateur, en République démocratique du Congo

RFUK et son partenaire local, l'ONG Groupe d'action pour sauver l'homme et son environnement (GASHE), vont étendre le projet de cartographie participative de RFUK au territoire de l'Ingende, ce qui touchera jusqu'à 350 200 communautés locales et autochtones. La zone couvre environ 17 000 km² de forêt dans la province de l’Équateur en République démocratique du Congo (RDC).
 
Cette décision intervient principalement en raison des nombreuses difficultés rencontrées dans la province en matière de gouvernance des ressources forestières.

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