African Civil Society Decries Capture of the Africa Climate Summit by Corporate Interests   As African leaders gather for the Africa Climate Summit, hundreds of African organisations have expressed concerns about the corporate capture of the event.  The inaugural summit – held in Nairobi, Kenya, from 4 to 6 September – is billed as a crucial … Read more

Paying poorer countries to protect their forests seems like a good idea for both the climate and sustainable development. However, the reality of reducing emissions from deforestation and degradation (REDD+) is often far more complex and difficult to navigate. This briefing unpacks some of the key issues with market-based REDD+, the alternatives that can unlock … Read more

Allegations of Rights Abuses in WWF-managed Ntokou Pikounda National Park Marzo 28, 2023 Worrying reports of forced displacement and human rights abuses have emerged from the Republic of Congo’s youngest national park.   Rainforest Foundation UK’s local partner Centre d’Actions pour le Développement (CAD) just published an investigation around Ntokou Pikounda National Park, finding that … Read more

A new comprehensive mapping and analysis by RFUK and Earth Insight shows that oil and gas expansion in the Congo Basin is a rapidly accelerating existential threat to the global climate, and to the world’s second largest rainforest – including the tens of millions of people who live there. There is still time for African … Read more

CJJ CJJ (Comptoir Juridique Junior) was founded by a group of young lawyers seeking to help forest communities to fight for their rights. Today, they are a reference organisation in the Republic of Congo, promoting better forest governance and with presence all over the country. With support from RFUK, they are pioneers of community-based forest … Read more

New alerts map shows vital role of forest communities in tackling illegal logging Julio 4, 2022 RFUK and its local partners in Cameroon, the Republic of Congo, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Gabon, Ghana, Liberia, Ivory Coast and Peru have launched a webmap that includes thousands of illegal alerts sent by local community monitors using … Read more

In response to a call for comments to inform the Special Rapporteur’s report to the UN General Assembly at its 77th session, RFUK has put together a brief highlighting how, despite much lip service to the contrary, conventional conservation and climate change programmes continue to wreak havoc on indigenous peoples and other forest-dependent communities.

OCDH OCDH (Observatoire Congolais des Droits de l’Homme) was founded in 1994. The organisation works to promote human rights, the rule of law and democracy in the Republic of Congo. OCDH provides assistance to human rights victims in Brazzaville and Congo and also works with forest and indigenous communities to promote their collective rights in … Read more

FGDH FGDH (Forum pour la Gouvernance et les Droits de l’’Homme) are located in Brazzaville, in the Republic of Congo. FGDH works with forest communities at the national level. RFUK has worked with FGDH since 2009, mainly on research projects examining the situation of land rights of forest communities, as well as their customary systems … Read more

A report by RFUK reveals the growing extent, and impact, of transport and energy infrastructure development in the Congo Basin – which is on its way to becoming a major driver of deforestation in the world’s second largest rainforest. The eight case studies featured in this report show that, while certain projects may bring some … Read more