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.View Online Download PDF
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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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.View Online Download PDF
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.View Online Download PDF
This briefing note outlines the key elements of the new National Strategy on Community Forestry in DRC, and gives a concise overview of the Roundtable process that has led to the creation of this landmark document, as well as recommendations on next steps.View Online Download PDF