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Roads to Ruin: the emerging impacts of infrastructure development in Congo Basin forests

Roads to Ruin: the emerging impacts of infrastructure development in Congo Basin forests

26 October 2021

A new report by RFUK reveals the growing extent, and impact, of transport and energy infrastructure development in the Congo Basin - which is on its way to becoming a major driver of deforestation in the world’s second largest rainforest. The eight case studies featured in this report show that, while certain projects may bring some economic benefits, environmental and social impacts have been overwhelmingly higher than necessary due to bad planning, corruption, failure to follow better practice, and simple negligence. This study has also found that development projects often overlap internationally-funded forest protection schemes, and several are already causing serious long-term environmental and social impacts.

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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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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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Making community forests work for local and indigenous communities in the Central African Republic

Making community forests work for local and indigenous communities in the Central African Republic

11 July 2019

As the Central African Republic (CAR) is entering a decisive phase that could lead to the allocation of the country’s first ‘pilot’ community forests, the Rainforest Foundation UK (RFUK) and CAR civil society groups are supporting local communities in their application processes.

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The Green Climate Fund in the Congo Basin Rainforests - Good Money After Bad?

The Green Climate Fund in the Congo Basin Rainforests - Good Money After Bad?

01 July 2019

A new report published today by the Rainforest Foundation UK (RFUK) on the Green Climate Fund finds that one of the world’s largest climate adaptation and mitigation funds for developing countries may actually do more harm to tropical forests and people on the frontline of climate change unless it is reformed.

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Yaoundé Declaration Declaration: Statement concerning community forestry in the Congo Basin region

Yaoundé Declaration Declaration: Statement concerning community forestry in the Congo Basin region

10 June 2019

Organisations and individuals from Central Africa, along with international partners from Europe, came together in Yaoundé in February 2019 to discuss the lessons from the recent years of community forest development in the Congo Basin, especially in the context of the projects funded through DFID’s ILLUCBF programme.

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