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 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.
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 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.
Mapping For Rights, an initiative of the Rainforest Foundation UK, aims to support indigenous peoples and forest dependent communities to secure rights to their land and livelihoods through the use of participatory mapping. This short video shows how mapping can help...