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Mapping the future: towards meaningful participation of forest peoples in land use planning in DRC and Cameroon

Mapping the future: towards meaningful participation of forest peoples in land use planning in DRC and Cameroon

15 April 2020

This RFUK report charts way to better inclusion of forest communities in Congo Basin land use planning processes.

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Securing customary rights is key to sustainable community forestry

Securing customary rights is key to sustainable community forestry

13 February 2020

The laws in the Republic of Congo and the Central African Republic provide limited protection to indigenous peoples and local communities regarding access to land and forest resources. Often, logging concessions overlap their territories, restricting access to lands and resources. However, the development of community forests is gaining momentum in the region. These can help secure customary tenure, sustainably manage resources and improve livelihoods for indigenous peoples and local communities (IPLCs). As part of the DFID-funded CoNGOs project, the Forest Peoples Programme and Rainforest Foundation UK supported communities in the Republic of Congo (RoC) and the Central African Republic (CAR) to engage in community forestry and secure equitable and sustainable livelihoods.

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WOMEN’S PARTICIPATION IN COMMUNITY FORESTRY IN THE DRC

WOMEN’S PARTICIPATION IN COMMUNITY FORESTRY IN THE DRC

29 October 2019

Based on a literature review and field research with communities in Equateur province, this study provides an overview of gender inequalities in the context of community forestry in the Democratic Republic of Congo. It also puts forward recommendations for improving women’s participation in community forestry activities.

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ALLOCATION OF COMMUNITY FORESTS IN THE CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC

ALLOCATION OF COMMUNITY FORESTS IN THE CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC

28 October 2019

A process to test the legal framework on community forests is currently underway in CAR. For more than two years, local and indigenous communities have been supported by civil society in applying for the allocation of the pilot community forests. The process developed by those involved has been documented to provide a basis for a review of the legal framework. This report presents the context, challenges, opportunities and lessons learnt during the pilot experiences.

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COMMUNITY FORESTS IN THE DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO

COMMUNITY FORESTS IN THE DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO

02 October 2019

Strengthening forest communities’ rights and enabling them to manage their traditional lands is the most effective means of both protecting rainforests and fighting poverty. In 2014, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) passed Community Forest legislation in what is arguably the most ground-breaking legal development related to Congo Basin rainforests in recent years.

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Making Community Forestry Successful in DRC: anthropological perspectives on community-based forest management

Making Community Forestry Successful in DRC: anthropological perspectives on community-based forest management

26 September 2019

In 2014, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) adopted ground-breaking legislation that enables forest communities to obtain “local community forest concessions” (CFCLs) of up to 50,000 hectares of their customarily owned lands, in perpetuity....

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