Securing customary rights is key to sustainable community forestry

Republic of Congo
Republic of Congo

Securing customary rights is key to sustainable community forestry

The laws in the Republic of Congo and the Central African Republic provide limited protection to indigenous peoples and local communities regarding access to land and forest resources. Often, logging concessions overlap their territories, restricting access to lands and resources.

However, the development of community forests is gaining momentum in the region. These can help secure customary tenure, sustainably manage resources and improve livelihoods for indigenous peoples and local communities. As part of the DFID-funded CoNGOs project, Forest Peoples Programme and Rainforest Foundation UK supported communities in the Republic of Congo and the Central African Republic to engage in community forestry and secure equitable and sustainable livelihoods.

Download the full briefing by Lassana Koné and Marjolaine Pichon below.