Making the case for community-led forest protection at the Congo Basin Forest Partnership meeting 13 June 2024 Last week in Kinshasa, APEM, CAD and other RFUK partners participated in the 20th meeting of the parties of the Congo Basin Forest Partnership, the foremost gathering of actors concerned with the protection and management of the world’s … Read more

Savouring the Success of Small Cocoa Producers in Peru 30 May 2024 During a recent visit to the fifth edition of the Biodiversity Fair organised by the Peruvian Ministry of Environment, Rainforest Foundation UK’s Peru Coordinator, Daniela Velit, had the opportunity to catch up in Lima with Felixto Cabanillas, the president of our partner, Kemito … Read more

New report sets out non-market alternatives to flawed forest carbon markets 29 May 2024 We are delighted to share ‘Beyond Offsets: People and Planet-Centred Responses to the Climate and Biodiversity Crisis’, a new report by Fern, Forest Peoples Programme and Rainforest Foundation UK that sets out alternatives to flawed voluntary carbon markets. Authored by David Young … Read more

Map story: climate impacts and community resilience along the Congo River May 23, 2024 RFUK is pleased to announce the release of our latest immersive interactive map story titled ‘A Journey Up the Congo River’. This powerful digital storytelling experience follows RFUK Executive Director, Joe Eisen, and Forest Campaigner, Vittoria Moretti, as they travel along … Read more

MASS HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS AGAINST INDIGENOUS COMMUNITY IN EQUATEUR PROVINCE, DRC 22 May 2024 Mbandaka, DRC Rainforest Foundation UK and APEM strongly condemn the systematic and grave human rights violations reportedly committed by agents of the police and against members of the Indigenous Pygmy People community in the community forestry concession (CFCL) of Lokolama, in … Read more

UNVEILING OUR 2023 ANNUAL REVIEW: A YEAR OF GROWTH AND ACHIEVEMENT May 21, 2024 We are pleased to publish our 2023 Annual Review. In this latest edition, we reflect on RFUK’s 35 years of promoting a simple yet powerful idea – that we need to entrust the protection of tropical forests to the Indigenous and … Read more

Promoting Sustainable Community Forest Enterprises in Équateur Province, DRC May 20, 2024 We’re thrilled to announce the launch of a briefing summarising our approach to establishing collective forest enterprises in Équateur Province, DRC. Published with support from Partnerships for Forests, USAID and NICFI, ‘Guidelines for Establishing Collective Forest Enterprises: The Case of Équateur Province in … Read more

We need rapid response support for Indigenous peoples in the face of growing extreme weather events March 28, 2024 Drought in Bangladesh. Image by Muhammad Amdad Hossain via Flickr (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0). This post is a commentary by RFUK Executive Director Joe Eisen that originally appeared in Mongabay on 27 March 2024. In recent weeks, … Read more

Community Forests in Action series: Bountiful harvest in Ilinga, Lukolela March 6, 2024 SUCCESS STORY Ilinga village, Lukolela territory in DRC’s Equateur province, secured their customary land by establishing a Community Forest in 2018 and becoming the first community in the country to develop an inclusive and sustainable ‘simple management plan’ for their forest the … Read more

URGENT APPEAL for Peru’s Asháninka amid unprecedented flooding of their territory March 5, 2024 Today we are launching an urgent appeal for the Indigenous Asháninka and other local communities of the Ene River, which burst its banks over the weekend following unprecedented rains, leaving hundreds of families in desperate need of food, water and shelter.  Satellite analysis shows that more 5,000 hectares has been flooded, leaving around 300 families reeling in … Read more