The development of community forests is gaining momentum in Central Africa. They can help secure customary tenure, sustainably manage resources and improve livelihoods for indigenous peoples and local communities.
As a small child, Daniel Dindo learned how to travel deep into the rainforest of Cameroon and climb trees to collect honey without harming the bees or damaging their hive. Now, the land where he continues to practice this traditional harvest has been declared a protected area, and Daniel wonders what this will mean for the future of his village and his indigenous Baka culture.
WWF, the World Bank and the Government of Cameroon have hailed the Ngoyla Wildlife Reserve in Cameroon as a success for conservation.
On July 23 and 24, under the canopy of the Nomedjo community forest, the Gbabandi Platform came together for its second General Assembly. Gbabandi comprises eight indigenous organisations, and over 100 Baka and Bagyeli attended the meeting, travelling from across Cameroon's forests.
In the absence of a land tenure system establishing clear collective ownership rights, community forestry now appears to be the most efficient option to secure customary land tenure in Congo. However, despite the opportunities that community forestry offers for IPLCs to secure customary land rights and improve their livelihoods, a number or constraints and challenges persist in relation to land tenure insecurity and overlapping.
The overall aim of this note is to gather perceptions held by local and indigenous communities currently managing, or setting up, community forests in Cameroon.
On top of a hill on the edge of the Northern Rift Valley in Kenya, the sun is warm but the air is fresh and cool. Moments ago, music of resistance filled the air as Sengwer women practiced traditional dance, song and solidarity.
Under threat of land grabbing by agribusiness company Biopalm, indigenous Bagyeli women from the department of Océan say no to oil palm production in their forests.
In response to the issuance of a decree assigning a large part of their ancestral lands to an oil palm company, indigenous Bagyeli communities -as well as the national and international NGOs and associations who support them- have issued a statement calling on the Cameroonian Government to reconsider their actions and to protect the lands and te
FPP and signatory organisations from around the world have sent an Open Letter to WWF International, calling for thorough, fair and transparent investigations into serious allegations of abuses in WWF projects in Cameroon, Nepal, India and elsewhere.
As part of the Indigenous Navigator project, the Gbabandi Platform, Okani and FPP have produced a factsheet on the situation of indigenous forest peoples in Cameroon.
This suite of training materials has been developed for communities in Cameroon to help increase awareness of the key principles surrounding free, prior and informed consent (FPIC) and to improve the implementation of these principles in practice.
As a human rights organisation, gender justice is a fundamental principle of our work, and we have long been conscious of, and sought to address, the barriers to effective participation in decision-making by women. This blog summarises some of the experiences and learnings from our fieldwork in the Congo Basin over the past 5 years, on how to improve women’s effective participation at the community level.
The Dow Jones Sustainability Index has removed the world’s second largest palm oil company, Golden Agri-Resources (GAR), from its list of sustainable companies, reported Friends of the Earth (FoE) this week.