Forest tenure and resource mapping by local communities in Mai Ndombe is providing a highly detailed and comprehensive picture of customary claims and usages that are likely to extend across the entire province. The results, which authorised users can view on MappingForRights, have major implications for DRC’s flagship jurisdictional REDD+ programme, especially in terms of … Read more
Since its launch in 2011, MappingForRights has supported more than a thousand communities to map and share highly detailed geographical information about their lands and resources so that decisions on forests do not neglect those who depend on them most. In this introductory briefing, we address the root causes land-based conflict in Central African forests, … Read more
Based on a sample of 34 protected areas across Cameroon, the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Gabon and the Republic of Congo, including four detailed case studies, this study reveals that biodiversity in the region continues to decline, that there is little evidence that the ‘guns and guards’ approach to protected areas … Read more
In 2014, RFUK undertook research on protected areas and their effects on local communities, using both desk-based studies and field-based data collection. For a more in-depth update to this briefing, read our 2016 study on protected areas.
This summary of our in-depth study considers the constraints and opportunities for community-based forest management in the region with a careful examination of indigenous and customary systems of forest resource management and rights.
This study considers the constraints and opportunities for community-based forest management in the region with a careful examination of indigenous and customary systems of forest resource management and rights.
The cultivation of palm oil at an industrial-scale has wreaked havoc with the rainforests and forest peoples of South-East Asia and is now threatening rainforests in the Congo Basin. This report, the result of original research commissioned by The Rainforest Foundation UK, lifts the lid on the new expansion of oil palm developments in the … Read more
This case study on Gabon finds that there is an urgent need to review community use of forest resources to increase government knowledge of community use but also to capture community knowledge for future management.