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The Impacts and Future Risks of Mining, Infrastructure and Industrial Agricultural Expansion  Frederic Amiel, Greenpeace
The Impacts and Future Risks of Mining, Infrastructure and Industrial Agricultural Expansion Frederic Amiel, Greenpeace

The first in a new series of interviews with key actors and stakeholders on the underlying challenges to effective land and forest governance in the Congo Basin, Fred Amiel of Greenpeace talks about the impacts and future risks of mining, infrastructure and industrial agricultural expansion in the region, the absence of an integrated land use planning system in the region and Greenpeace’s ‘zero deforestation’ policy.

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Challenges for securing land rights of indigenous people in the Congo Basin - Jerome Lewis, UCL
Challenges for securing land rights of indigenous people in the Congo Basin - Jerome Lewis, UCL

Indigenous, hunter-gatherer peoples of the Congo Basin have a unique perception of the use of land. Their systems aim at ensuring abundance of forest resources and equal distribution among the people living in those forests. Dr. Jerome Lewis, Lecturer in Anthropology at UCL, talks about the need to take this vision into account to secure indigenous peoples' right to the land they depend on and which they have protected for centuries.

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Children singing, Ollombo
Children singing, Ollombo

While their parents are busy participating in a soil mapping exercise, children in Ollombo province entertain themselves with a song and dance.




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Interview with Tchoumou Leopold on Participatory Mapping
Interview with Tchoumou Leopold on Participatory Mapping

Interview with Mr. Tchoumou Leopold, heir of the customary chief Gaston Dzaba for the last 9 years in the village of Ebana, which is located 60 km from Mbomo and 15 km from the neighbouring district of Etoumbi. It has a population of around 100 inhabitants, who mainly live off hunting and farming. 



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