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MappingForRights Policy Briefs

MappingForRights: Putting Rainforest Communities on the Map

This first in a series of short MappingForRights information briefs provides a general overview of the programme, how it is helping to transform perceptions of forests in the Congo Basin and looks ahead to what this means for various forest reforms in the region. 



Date published: 25/09/2018

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REDD and Rights: The implications of Community Mapping for the Mai Ndombe Integrated REDD Programme

This briefing examines how extensive forest tenure and resource mapping by local communities in Mai Ndombe province has major implications for DRC’s flagship jurisdictional REDD+ programme, especially in terms of land and carbon rights, land management, and distribution of benefits from anticipated emissions reductions activities.


Date published: 25/09/2018

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At Loggerheads: The Moratorium, Geographical Programming and Community Mapping in DRC
Drawing on community mapping data collected through MappingForRights and other sources, this briefing shows that any process to lift DRC's national logging moratoirum which does not sufficiently take into account communities and other forest users would inevitably result in negative outcomes.

Date published: 08/11/2018

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Protected Areas and Community Rights: Using Local Maps to Support Sustainable Conservation in the Congo Basin
Protected areas in the Congo Basin continue to be established and managed with poor consideration for local communities’ land and resource rights, fostering conflicts and human rights abuses. Many of these problems could be avoided if thorough participatory community mapping was used in the identification, categorisation, delineation and zoning of protected areas.

Date published: 28/11/2018

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Securing Forests: Participatory Mapping and Community Forests in DRC

This briefing shows that the most effective way to develop community forestry starts with a genuinely participatory approach that reflects the community’s collective needs and priorities.



Date published: 29/01/2019

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Safer Ground: How Participatory Mapping can Mitigate the Impacts of Agribusiness in the Congo Basin

This briefing explores the importance of participatory mapping as a tool to show the social impacts of agro-industrial expansion in Central Africa and to resolve and prevent conflicts in forest areas.




Date published: 13/05/2019

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