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Realising rights, protecting forests: An Alternative Vision for Reducing Deforestation

Realising rights, protecting forests: An Alternative Vision for Reducing Deforestation

01 June 2010

This report is intended primarily for opinion-formers and decision-makers with a role in making and influencing national policy and legislation on REDD. The case studies show that respecting the rights and realities of indigenous peoples and forest-dependent communities is the only way to ensure that the forests remain standing.

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RFUK Annual Report 2008/09

RFUK Annual Report 2008/09

31 December 2009

This summary of our projects and campaigns in 2008/2009 offers a highlight of the Rainforest Foundation UK's work with indigenous and forest communities around the world.

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Community Forest Tenure Mapping in Central Africa: Democratic Republic of Congo Case Study

Community Forest Tenure Mapping in Central Africa: Democratic Republic of Congo Case Study

01 December 2009

This paper examines the mapping and zoning initiatives that are underway in the DRC and the few attempts that are being made to document and understand the nuances of community rights to lands and resources.

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Community Forest Tenure and Mapping in Central Africa: CAR case study

Community Forest Tenure and Mapping in Central Africa: CAR case study

01 December 2009

CAR has a series of legislative and regulatory texts that lay down the terms and conditions for occupying the forest lands and areas, which cover around 5 million hectares or 8% of the national territory. This case study looks at the legal context in CAR and what opportunities exist for community mapping.

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Community Forest Tenure Mapping in Central Africa: Republic of Congo case study

Community Forest Tenure Mapping in Central Africa: Republic of Congo case study

01 December 2009

The maps in the study show the extent of ‘indigenous’ knowledge available to the government and forest managers to be used to inform government policy and management plans. This knowledge needs to be documented and its intellectual property protected. Community mapping in most of the cases presented in the study has been a collective exercise involving community members and offers a positive way to organize communities around an exercise of cultural significance.

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Stocktaking: Status of Legal Tenure Recognition of Rights and the Role Community Territorial Mapping in Central and West Africa

Stocktaking: Status of Legal Tenure Recognition of Rights and the Role Community Territorial Mapping in Central and West Africa

01 January 2009

This case study on Gabon finds that there is an urgent need to review community use of forest resources to increase government knowledge of community use but also to capture community knowledge for future management.

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