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Real-time Forest Monitoring: Empowering communities, preventing illegalities, protecting forests

Real-time Forest Monitoring: Empowering communities, preventing illegalities, protecting forests

24 January 2019

Since its creation, ForestLink has been successfully deployed as part of RFUK’s Real-Time Forest Monitoring (RTM) initiative in Cameroon, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Ghana and Peru. By engaging forest and indigenous peoples in the fight against illegal logging and deforestation, RTM seeks to strengthen local involvement in forest management.

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RFUK Annual Report 2017/18

RFUK Annual Report 2017/18

13 December 2018

This summary of our projects and campaigns offers a highlight of the Rainforest Foundation UK's work over the past year with indigenous and forest communities around the world.

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Protected Areas and Community Rights: Using Local Maps to Support Sustainable Conservation in the Congo Basin

Protected Areas and Community Rights: Using Local Maps to Support Sustainable Conservation in the Congo Basin

28 November 2018

The best conservation projects start with people. Yet protected areas in the Congo Basin continue to be established and managed with poor consideration for local communities’ land and resource rights, fostering conflicts and human rights abuses. A lot of these toxic situations could be avoided if thorough participatory community mapping data, such as collected through MappingForRights, was used at the outset of all planned conservation projects, and integrated into all decisions related to protected area management.

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At Loggerheads: The Moratorium, Geographical Programming And Community Mapping In DRC

At Loggerheads: The Moratorium, Geographical Programming And Community Mapping In DRC

08 November 2018

Of the three legal conditions attached to lifting DR Congo's moratorium on new logging concessions, arguably only the third condition (on “geographic programming of future allocations”) remains to be fulfilled. Drawing on mapping data collected through MappingForRights and other sources, this briefing shows that any process which does not sufficiently take into account communities and other forest users would inevitably result in negative outcomes.

 

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REDD and Rights in DRC: How Participatory Maps Can Inform the Mai-Ndombe Integrated REDD Programme

REDD and Rights in DRC: How Participatory Maps Can Inform the Mai-Ndombe Integrated REDD Programme

01 October 2018

Forest tenure and resource mapping by local communities in Mai Ndombe is providing a highly detailed and comprehensive picture of customary claims and usages that are likely to extend across the entire province. The results, which authorised users can view on MappingForRights, have major implications for DRC’s flagship jurisdictional REDD+ programme, especially in terms of land rights, land management, and distribution of benefits from anticipated emissions reductions activities.

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Mapping For Rights: Putting Rainforest Communities on the Map

Mapping For Rights: Putting Rainforest Communities on the Map

01 October 2018

Since its launch in 2011, MappingForRights has supported more than a thousand communities to map and share highly detailed geographical information about their lands and resources so that decisions on forests do not neglect those who depend on them most. In this introductory briefing, we address the root causes land-based conflict in Central African forests, how MappingForRights aims to help tackle these and why such initiatives are essential to sustainable and equitable forest management.

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