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People, parks and social justice: How community maps can help make conservation better Blog

People, parks and social justice: How community maps can help make conservation better

28 November 2018

In a new policy brief, we explore why community mapping data should be used at the outset of all planned conservation projects, and integrated into all decisions related to protected area management.

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ForestLink app helps catch illegal miners red-handed in Peru News

ForestLink app helps catch illegal miners red-handed in Peru

26 November 2018

Over the last two months, dozens of suspected illegal gold miners causing terrible environmental damage in the Peruvian Amazon were caught with the help of the ForestLink smartphone app developed by RFUK.

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Cameroon communities speak out about impacts of large rubber plantation News

Cameroon communities speak out about impacts of large rubber plantation

23 November 2018

Representatives of 21 villages affected by industrial rubber project Sudcam have denounced the impacts of the rubber plantations on their rights and livelihoods.

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Community maps can help prevent an existential threat to the world’s second largest rainforest Blog

Community maps can help prevent an existential threat to the world’s second largest rainforest

12 November 2018

One of the main reasons that so much of DRC’s forests remain officially unallocated – up to 75 million hectares – is the country’s national moratorium on new industrial logging concessions.

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How community mapping can inform better policy decisions in the Congo Basin Blog

How community mapping can inform better policy decisions in the Congo Basin

01 October 2018

RFUK has just launched a new series of thematic briefs showing how community mapping can address human rights and environmental issues across the Congo Basin. Our first instalment focused on REDD+ carbon projects.

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Historic first as communities in Democratic Republic of Congo gain legal rights over their local forests News

Historic first as communities in Democratic Republic of Congo gain legal rights over their local forests

20 September 2018

In an important milestone for the rights of forest peoples, five communities in DRC's western Equateur Province saw their community forest applications approved this month by the provincial government.

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Real-time technology helps stop illegal mining operation in the Peruvian Amazon News

Real-time technology helps stop illegal mining operation in the Peruvian Amazon

28 June 2018

An indigenous community in the Peruvian Amazon helped to catch illegal gold miners red-handed this month using a smartphone app developed by the Rainforest Foundation UK (RFUK), leading to the dramatic destruction of illegal mining equipment.

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A beacon of hope for Congo’s rainforests: DRC government adopts national strategy on community forests News

A beacon of hope for Congo’s rainforests: DRC government adopts national strategy on community forests

07 June 2018

In a landmark decision, the Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC) Environment Ministry has adopted the country’s first National Strategy on community forestry, marking the launch of a five-year experimental phase to ‘test’ community forestry.

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RFUK launches land use planning project in Maniema province, Democratic Republic of Congo News

RFUK launches land use planning project in Maniema province, Democratic Republic of Congo

01 June 2018

This week, the Rainforest Foundation UK launched a new participatory mapping and land use planning project in Maniema province, DRC with a launch ceremony in the provincial capital, Kindu.

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From the forest: New rights to forests give communities hope for the future Blog

From the forest: New rights to forests give communities hope for the future

31 May 2018

Claire Parfondry coordinates the Rainforest Foundation UK’s Community Forests project in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). She recently travelled to six local communities participating in the project in western DRC.

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