The Congo Basin rainforest constitutes one of the world’s great biodiversity reserves, plays a crucial role in regulating the global climate and directly sustains the lives of millions of people. It is widely accepted that current land regimes in the Central African countries are inadequate to address the myriad of overlapping and competing claims, uses and pressures on the forest and in recent years there has been a wave of land and forest reforms launched across the region.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
Conkouati-Douli and Nouabalé-Ndoki national parks and their impact on the rights and livelihoods of forest communities.
This community ‘atlas’ provides information on the realities and traditional livelihoods of the communities of Mpama sector, in the territory of Lukolela, Equateur province, in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
This community ‘atlas’ provides information on the realities and traditional livelihoods of the communities of Inongo sector, in the Inongo territory, Mai-Ndombe province, in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
This leaflet presents information on the reality and traditional way of life of local communities in the Council of Nguti, Kupe-Muanenguba Division, in the South West Region of Cameroon.
This community ‘atlas’ provides information on the realities and traditional livelihoods of the communities of Banunu-Bobangi sector, in the territory of Lukolela, Equateur province, in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Protected areas in Africa’s great equatorial rainforests are falling well below expectations both in terms of conserving wildlife and respecting local peoples’ rights.
MappingForRights is a new approach to participatory (or ‘community’) mapping. It has been developed by the Rainforest Foundation UK, (RFUK), on the back of 15 years’ experience of supporting indigenous and traditional communities of the Congo Basin rainforest in their efforts to fulfil their rights to land and livelihood…