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