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.
IntroductionForest Peoples Programme staff have recently returned from two weeks in the Central African Republic where we were working with the Bayaka Community Union and the World Wildlife Fund in the context of the EU-funded, Government of Central Africa Republic-implemented, and WWF-supported Dzanga Sangha project in which FPP is a partner. The objective of the EU project is to promote and improve local and especially indigenous livelihoods and sustainable development in the Dzanga Special Reserve in the context of increased protection for community rights, along with improved access to health and education services. The project is especially targeting the indigenous population of Bayaka forest huntergatherer communities, and the Sangha Sangha people, now a minority group traditionally based predominately along the rivers of the region. This EU project is one of a number of donor-funded projects implemented by the government, with technical and financial support from WWF, which together enable the Dzanga- Sangha Special Reserve to operate.
This series of eight country studies and a synthesis report review the progress of the application of indigenous peoples' rights with regards to protected areas since 2003. By considering the views of governments, funding agencies, conservation organisations and indigenous peoples' organisations, these studies assesses the extend to which recommendations and resolutions from the Durban 2003 World Parks Congress, the 4th World Conservation Congress in Barcelona and the Convention on Biological Diversity have been followed up on and enacted.
Part of FPP's series on Forest Peoples and Protected Areas focusing on CAR Eight country studies and a synthesis report review the progress of the application of indigenous peoples’ rights with regards to protected areas since 2003.
A review of FPP's activities in CAR to help local and indigenous communities to protect their right, document their forest use, become informed about forestry and conservation plans affecting their lands, and participate meaningfully in planning processes at local and national levels.