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DRC: Conservation authorities will reconsider communities’ role in conservation in controversial new rainforest reserve News

DRC: Conservation authorities will reconsider communities’ role in conservation in controversial new rainforest reserve

10 November 2014

Kinshasa: WWF and the DRC government’s protected areas authority have agreed to reconsider the status of a controversial protected area after meeting with representatives of local communities threatened with loss of land and access to natural resources.

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Are national parks in the Congo Basin failing biodiversity and people?  New ‘paradigm’ of conservation needed - RFUK News

Are national parks in the Congo Basin failing biodiversity and people? New ‘paradigm’ of conservation needed - RFUK

07 November 2014

As conservationists worldwide prepare for a 10-yearly global summit on protected areas, new investigations by the Rainforest Foundation UK (RFUK) reveal that national parks and other conservation zones in Africa’s Congo Basin rainforest are failing.

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New Community Forest Decree in DRC – RFUK Briefing News

New Community Forest Decree in DRC – RFUK Briefing

07 October 2014

The DRC is at a cross-roads. The passing of the long-awaited community forest decree, ongoing land reform initiatives, land-use zoning/planning and development of large-scale REDD projects, are all likely to impact the world’s second largest rainforest.

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Enough Rainforest Martyrs - Rainforest Foundation Statement News

Enough Rainforest Martyrs - Rainforest Foundation Statement

07 October 2014

Four Peruvian indigenous environmental and human rights activists, including outspoken Asháninka leader Edwin Chota, were brutally murdered on September 1st or 2nd, 2014, near the Brazilian border.

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DRC forest communties are “Squatters on their own lands” - RFUK report finds News

DRC forest communties are “Squatters on their own lands” - RFUK report finds

07 October 2014

A new report by the Rainforest Foundation UK challenges current laws in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) which ascribe all ownership of land to the State and deprive forest dwelling people of any right to own or protect forest for their own benefit.

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Update from the Field News

Update from the Field

20 August 2014

RFUK staffer Georges-Thierry Handja (pictured centre) has just finished training sixteen Cameroonians who will join our team as we start to map areas of rainforest under imminent threat from palm oil companies, logging and road-building.

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World Bank Safeguard Policies News

World Bank Safeguard Policies

08 August 2014

As the United Nations (UN), prepares to mark International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples tomorrow, August 9, the rights of the world’s indigenous peoples are now under greater threat by new policies being promoted by the World Bank.

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Kemito Ene at Festival News

Kemito Ene at Festival

31 July 2014

More than 30,000 people attended the annual chocolate festival, Salon del Cocoa y Chocolate in Peru where producers, including Kemito Ene – the Asháninka indigenous cocoa association from the Ene River – showcased their products to the market.

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Meet the Community Lawyers News

Meet the Community Lawyers

03 July 2014

The Rainforest Foundation (RFUK) develops special field programmes for teams of young African lawyers known as Community legal field workers (CLFWs) to work with forest communities, indigenous peoples and local organisations.

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Extension of Participatory mapping project in Ingende, Province of Equateur Democratic Republic of Congo News

Extension of Participatory mapping project in Ingende, Province of Equateur Democratic Republic of Congo

03 July 2014

The Rainforest Foundation UK and its local NGO partner, the Groupe D’action pour Sauver L’Homme et son Environnement (GASHE) will expand RFUK’s current participatory mapping project to the Ingende Territory which will involve up to 200 local communities.

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