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

A Step in the Right Direction: Publication of ICCN’s Guidelines for Grievance Mechanisms in DRC August 25, 2023 In Kinshasa recently, an important step was taken towards securing the rights of the millions of people who live in the vicinity of national parks in the Democratic Republic of Congo. After a lengthy process involving consultation … Read more

A Make Or Break Moment: Fossil Fuel Expansion In The Amazon And Congo Basins Is An Existential Threat To Climate And Communities June 6, 2023 Financial system decisions now pivotal to ending fossil fuel expansion in the world’s largest tropical rainforests Recent reports spotlight plans for fossil fuel expansion in some of the world’s most … Read more

Congolese civil society releases position paper calling into question the legality of DRC oil and gas auction October 28, 2022 A group of environmental civil society organisations in the Democratic Republic of Congo have just released a position paper detailing the multitude of issues with the government’s auction of oil and gas blocks covering the … Read more

Leading scientists back Congolese civil society call to increase forest community land rights to combat climate change September 29, 2022 Ahead of crucial upcoming climate talks in Egypt this November, a gathering of international scientists has backed a Congolese civil society call to scale up recognition of indigenous peoples and other local communities’ rights as … Read more

New alerts map shows vital role of forest communities in tackling illegal logging July 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

NGOs call on Congolese General Prosecutor to investigate the role of several former ministers in illegal logging operations May 5, 2022 A group of Congolese and international NGOs have written to DRC’s General Prosecutor calling on him to investigate reports of widespread illegal logging, which implicate as many as six former ministers. On 1 April, the … Read more

Climate catastrophe looms as DRC oil plan poses new threat to Cuvette Centrale peatlands April 29, 2022 The DRC government has adopted a plan to open up one of the world’s largest carbon sinks to oil drilling only months after it signed a $500 million forest protection agreement with the Central African Forest Initiative (CAFI) … Read more

Press Release: Over 360 organisations say “No to Nature Based Solutions!” March 15, 2022 Ahead of a vital UN moment for biodiversity, “nature-based solutions” are once again being erroneously heralded as the solution – and NGOs are pushing back. As more and more corporations and governments tout “nature-based solutions” as the means to fight the climate … Read more

New U.S. legislative bill could pave the way for greater protection of human rights in international biodiversity conservation March 11, 2022 In a significant development, the chair and ranking minority member of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Natural Resources has introduced a bill that aims to ensure that U.S. international biodiversity funding is … Read more