Impacts of German private sector involvement for Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities in the Maï-Ndombe REDD+ Project in the DRC

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Impacts of German private sector involvement for Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities in the Maï-Ndombe REDD+ Project in the DRC

This is a case study on the Maï Ndombe REDD Project, which is financially supported by the German based company "Forest Carbon Group AG"  through the local company ERA Carbon Offsets (now known as Offsetters Climate Solutions Inc.).  The objective of the case study is to examine the implementation of this project especially in relation to the rights of indigenous and local communities to Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) in the elaboration and implementation of project activities, in order to (i) help stakeholders in Germany better understand the situation with regard to the need to comply with human rights standards, and (ii) aid communities in asserting their rights with the company on the ground.  The study concludes that while efforts are being made to better inform communities through ongoing consultation and capacity building processes, and an openness on the part of the companies to dialogue with civil society on these issues, the project is not putting forest peoples rights first, and human rights issues are not adequately addressed or protected.

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