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Protected Areas in the Congo Basin: Failing both People and Biodiversity?

This major research study based on a sample of 34 protected areas finds that conservation efforts in the region are falling well below expectations both in terms of respecting local peoples’ rights and conserving wildlife. It calls for a complete rethink of how forest protection is conceptualised and implemented, providing detailed recommendations for achieving sustainable conservation.

 

Date published: 21/04/2016

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Briefing on community forest legislation in DRC

A briefing by the Rainforest Foundation UK and Reseau Ressources Naturelles (RRN) which considers some of the key features, challenges and opportunities emerging from this landmark legislation, highlighting the need for government, civil society and international actors to commit to a collective, long-term vision for community forests in DRC.

Date published: 05/04/2016

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Rethinking Community Based Forest Management in the Congo Basin’

This major research study looks at the constraints and opportunities for alternatives to industrial-scale logging and strict nature conservation. It explores the political economy of the forest sector, assesses the effectiveness of existing community forest policies in Central Africa and considers best practices from elsewhere that could be adapted to the region.

Source: RFUK | Date published: 27/11/2014

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Rethinking Community Based Forest Management in the Congo Basin - Executive Summary

Summary version of research carried out on the constraints and opportunities for alternatives to industrial-scale logging and strict nature conservation. It explores the political economy of the forest sector, assesses the effectiveness of existing community forest policies in Central Africa and considers best practices from elsewhere that could be adapted to the region.

Source: RFUK | Date published: 27/11/2014

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In Search of Land Laws that Protect Forest Peoples in the DRC - Full Report (French)

The need to clarify land and forest tenure has been increasingly recognised by policy makers in recent years as an essential precursor to better forest management and governance. Our new analysis of the land tenure regime in DRC highlights the lack of protection and security of land rights for forest populations and indigenous peoples, and provides practical recommendations for how this can be achieved through various reforms. 

Source: RFUK, RRN, GASHE, CADEM | Date published: 26/09/2014

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In Search of Land Laws that Protect Forest Peoples in the DRC - Summary Version

The need to clarify land and forest tenure has been increasingly recognised by policy makers in recent years as an essential precursor to better forest management and governance. Our new analysis of the land tenure regime in DRC highlights the lack of protection and security of land rights for forest populations and indigenous peoples, and provides practical recommendations for how this can be achieved through various reforms.

Source: RFUK, RRN, GASHE, CADEM | Date published: 26/09/2014

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Protected Areas in the Congo Basin: Failing People and Biodiversity - Briefing

The briefing, which contains the initial findings of detailed research due to be published in 2015, states that, despite hundreds of millions of dollars having been spent on conservation efforts in the Congo Basin over the past 10 years, current conservation policy and practice in the region lag far behind international standards for the protection of local peoples’ rights.

Source: RFUK | Date published: 07/11/2014

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Divided Forests: Towards Fairer Zoning of Forest Lands

This report assesses some of the key issues in ensuring equitable zoning of forest lands, presents a series of case studies of previous national forest zoning processes (Australia, Brazil, Cameroon and Indonesia), and discusses the lessons that can be learned from these previous cases.

Source: RFUK | Date published: 02/01/2006

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New Community Forest Decree in DRC - Briefing
On August 2nd 2014, the government of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) passed into law decree 14/1018 fixing the modalities for attributing local ‘community forest concessions’. This statement considers some of the potential opportunities and risks for the DRC’s forests arising from this new legislation, as well as the likely implications for wider governance reforms.
 

Source: RFUK | Date published: 17/09/2014

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Concessions to Poverty

This report analyses in detail the social and environmental impacts and costs of industrial scale logging in the Congo Basin, incorporating a number of case studies written by a variety of experts.

 

Source: RFUK | Date published: 01/02/2007

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DRC Land Tenure and Mapping Case Study

 

This case study looks at the experiences of land tenure and community mapping in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Source: RFUK and RRI | Date published: 01/01/2009

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Realising Rights, Protecting Forests: An Alternative Vision for Reducing Deforestation – Case Studies from the Accra Caucus

This report presents an alternative vision for how to implement ‘REDD’ - Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation’ – in which community forests are the central mechanism for protecting forests, drawing on case studies from all the major tropical forest regions.

Source: Accra Caucus | Date published: 01/06/2010

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Protected Areas in the Congo Basin

RFUK briefing on the status of the protected areas system in the Congo Basin.

 

Source: RFUK | Date published: 11/11/2011

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