RFUK et ses partenaires appellent à une conservation durable, par les communautés et pour les communautés

avril 22, 2016

Protected areas in Africa’s great equatorial rainforests are falling well below expectations – both in terms of conserving wildlife and respecting local peoples’ rights – our new report, Protected Areas in the Congo Basin: Failing both People and Biodiversity, reveals.

Despite the hundreds of millions of dollars in international support that has been spent on conservation efforts in the Congo Basin region in recent years, biodiversity continues to dwindle, whilst communities living in and around national parks almost universally see protected areas and heavy-handed policing by eco-guards as a threat to their rights and their livelihoods, and as a source of conflict.

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Simon Counsell, RFUK’s Executive Director and co-author of the report said that for conservation in Central Africa to succeed, the rights of local communities need to be recognised, respected and guaranteed.

“The current approach to protecting rainforests is not only unfair on local communities, but also ineffective in protecting nature. A new, more sustainable, form of conservation is needed in Africa’s rainforests which works with local people to secure their rights and protect their environment, rather than working against them. International donors need to carefully consider whether their support to strict forest preservation is currently effective,” a-t-il déclaré.

Notre étude se base sur un échantillon de 34 aires protégées réparties sur cinq pays (le Cameroun, la République centrafricaine, la République démocratique du Congo, le Gabon et la République du Congo), afin d’en évaluer les effets positifs et négatifs sur les communautés locales et autochtones, ainsi que sur la protection de la biodiversité.

Our report suggests that local communities are also disproportionately and unjustly targeted by anti-poaching measures, while more damaging activities such as logging and mining are permitted to take place around and within rainforest protected areas.

"We are calling on those directly involved in protected area management in the Congo Basin to ensure that conservation projects in the region do not cause the displacement or abuse of the rights of some of the poorest people on the planet,” Mr. Counsell concluded.

A short film about forest communities affected by the Tumba Lediima Reserve in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is disponible ici. Read more about our sustainable conservation work ici.

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