Democratic Republic of Congo: Legal workshops in Bukavu, Boma, and Kinshasa, on the better protection of forest communities’ rights

In July and August 2012, three civil society organisations in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) - Actions pour les Droits, l'Environnement et la Vie (ADEV), the Centre d’Accompagnement des Autochtones Pygmées et Minoritaires Vulnérables (CAMV), and Cercle pour la défense de l'environnement (CEDEN) - organised a series of legal workshops in collaboration with the Forest Peoples Programme and with financial assistance from the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA). The workshops sought to reinforce the legal capacity of these organisations and to promote a better understanding of indigenous peoples’ and local communities’ rights to land and natural resources and of the mechanisms to advocate for and defend the rights of communities in the REDD+ process in the DRC.

DRC reaffirms its commitment to Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC)

In May, Forest Peoples Programme (FPP), along with national partners Action pour le Developpement, l’Environnement et la Vie (ADEV) and Cercle pour la Defense de l’Environnement (CEDEN), hosted The Forest Dialogue (TFD) on Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) in Kinshasa, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

RDC Reafirma seu Compromisso de Consentimento Livre, Prévio e Informado (FPIC)

O Diálogo da Floresta (TFD) sobre FPIC e REDD na República Democrática do Congo 21 – 25 Maio, 2012

O Programa de Povos da Floresta (FPP) em conjunto com os parceiros nacionais “Ação para o Desenvolvimento, Meio Ambiente e Vida” (ADEV) e o Círculo pela Defesa do Meio Ambiente (CEDEN), organizou, no mês de maio, o Diálogo da Floresta (The Forest Dialogue -TFD) sobre o Consentimento Livre, Prévio e Informado (FPIC) em Kinshasa, na República Democrática do Congo (RDC). A reunião foi a segunda da série de diálogos planejados, com o objetivo principal de analisar de que maneira, na prática, agências governamentais, empresas comerciais e organizações não-governamentais devem respeitar os direitos dos povos indígenas e comunidades locais a dar ou negar seu consentimento livre, prévio e informado, segundo expressado por meio das suas organizações, escolhidas livremente para representá-los em atividades que possam afetar seus direitos.

Swedish International Development Agency supports Forest Peoples Programme to help forest communities impacted by REDD in the Democratic Republic of Congo

In terms of natural resource endowment, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is one of the wealthiest countries in Africa. However its citizenry are amongst the poorest in the world. Some of the most impoverished and politically marginalized people – indigenous and local forest communities - live here.  They mostly rely upon forests and other natural resources to secure their basic livelihoods through subsistence forest hunting and gathering, and small-scale agriculture.  These forest peoples currently have little or no influence over national and provincial decisions about how their customary lands will be used by commercial or conservation groups, whose interests are often in conflict with forest communities’ needs, priorities and basic human rights.