The Central African Republic (CAR) is located in Central Africa
62 million hectares
Area of forest cover:
5 million hectares
What are the main threats to /issues relating to forest communities and lands in this country?
- The state is the sole owner of all forest land- communities have no recognised rights to land in national legislation, other than use rights
- The state has allocated the vast majority of the south-western forest for timber exploitation and strict conservation purposes. To date these areas have been managed with the limited involvement of local and indigenous communities, reducing their ability to access traditional lands and resources on which they depend
- Endemic discrimination against indigenous peoples, sometimes resulting in forced labour
What are the main objectives of our work in this country?
- Improved legislative framework for land rights of forest communities
- Improved implementation of ILO Convention No. 169 on the Rights of indigenous and Tribal Peoples through legislative reform, concrete implementation measures, and improved representation of indigenous peoples
- Development of systems for documenting, monitoring and redressing human rights violations through capacity building of community lawyers and forest communities