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Cercle pour la defense de l'environnement (CEDEN)

Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)

Background

Cercle pour la defense de l'environnement (Circle for the Defence of the Environment) - CEDEN, is a Congolese legal NGO created in 2003, based in the La Gombe district of Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). CEDEN operates in the DRC with the authorisation of the Ministry of Environment, Nature Conservation and Tourism (n°0131 /CAB/MIN/ECN-EF/2006) and was accorded legal status as a not-for-profit organisation through a Ministerial Decree of the Ministry of Justice and Human Rights (n°424/CAB/MIN/J & DH/2011) on 26 August 2011.

CEDEN’s work includes:-

•    The protection and the participatory management of natural resources with a view to developing and integrating marginalised and impoverished communities;
•    Identifying and promoting local techniques and attitudes which contribute to the sustainable management of resources;
•    Serving as a resource for women, men and young leaders for environmental education, responsible citizenship education and the struggle against everything that is dehumanising with regards to the environment (social injustice, genetically modified organisms, etc.), that accentuates the desperation of communities and that does not allow them to participate in the protection and the sustainable management of their environment;
•    Organising and accompanying grass-roots and community-based groups and organisations in the promotion of life for all.

CEDEN’s activities currently stretch across the following provinces and territories in the Democratic Republic of Congo:

•    Orientale Province - in the town of Kisangani and in the territories of Isangi and Basoko.
•    Equateur Province – in the Bikoro, Lukolel, Ingende, Lisala and Bongandanda territories.
•    Bandundu Province – in the Inongo, Yumbi, Mushie and Kutu territories. 

CEDEN campaigns for an equal and healthy society, in a healthy and biodiversity-rich environment, for all generations.

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FPP E-Newsletter July 2013 (PDF Version)

FPP

9 July, 2013

FPP E-Newsletter July 2013

Dear Friends,

Mutual recognition, mutual respect and mutual benefit are among the desirable attributes of all human relationships. Indigenous peoples and other forest peoples also expect these qualities in their relationships with others – be they governments, private corporations, NGOs or other indigenous peoples’ organisations and communities. This issue of Forest Peoples Programme’s E-Newsletter reports on the state of various relationships between forest peoples and different institutions – as these are forged, tested or broken –in the course of assertions for upholding basic human rights, social justice and solidarity.

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The Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women must pay special attention to the vulnerable situation of indigenous women in the DRC

5 July, 2013

Ba Mbuti indigenous women and children harvesting in Mandima Village, in Oriental Province, Democratic Republic of Congo

Fifteen organisations working with indigenous women, including Forest Peoples Programme, have joined forces to emphasise the injustice and multiple forms of discrimination suffered by indigenous women in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (the Committee). States are required to submit reports to the Committee every four years, describing legislative, judicial, administrative or other measures they have adopted to implement the provisions of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (the Convention). The DRC’s report will be examined by the Committee on 11 July 2013 in the presence of a delegation of Congolese government representatives. The proceedings can be watched live online at: http://www.treatybodywebcast.org/.

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‘Free, Prior and Informed Consent’ Posters

FPP, ADEV, CAMV, CEDEN, Réseau CREF

4 July, 2013

‘Free Prior and Informed Consent’ Posters

As part of its project on ‘REDD financing, Human Rights and Economic Development for Sustainable Poverty Reduction of Forest Communities in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)’ Forest Peoples Programme (FPP) and partners in the DRC: Actions pour les Droits, l’Environnement et la Vie (ADEV), le Centre d’Accompagnement des Autochtones Pygmées et Minoritaires Vulnérables (CAMV), le Cercle pour la Défense de l’Environnement (CEDEN) and le Réseau pour la Conservation et la Réhabilitation des Écosystèmes Forestiers (Réseau CREF) have developed a set of posters on the right to free, prior and informed consent (FPIC). By combining pictures and short pieces of text, the posters depict the stages of a process that respects the rights of indigenous peoples and local communities to free, prior and informed consent with regard to projects likely to affect their lands, territories and natural resources.

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Press Release: FPP and partners launch pioneering book on Indigenous Peoples and Free, Prior and Informed Consent in the Democratic Republic of Congo

17 May, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - 17 MAY 2013

As part of its project: "REDD financing, Human Rights and Economic Development for Sustainable Poverty Reduction of forest communities in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)", Forest Peoples Programme (FPP), and its local partners in the DRC: Actions pour les Droits, l'Environnement et la Vie (ADEV), Réseau pour la Conservation et la Réhabilitation des Ecosystèmes Forestiers (Réseau CREF), Cercle pour la Défense de l'Environnement (CEDEN), et Centre d'Accompagnement des Autochtones Pygmées et Minoritaires Vulnérables (CAMV), have published, in collaboration with the Organisation d’Accompagnement et d’Appui aux Pygmées (OSAPY), the first volume of a new book series titled Forêts Africaines - Tabernacle des Savoirs (FOATAS) (African Forests – Fountain of Knowledge). The principal theme of this first volume is: Indigenous Peoples and Free, Prior and Informed Consent.

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Forêts Africaines - Tabernacle des Savoirs: Les Peuples Autochtones et le Consentement, Libre, Informé et Préalable (CLIP)

OSAPY, CEDEN, ADEV, Réseau-CREF, CAMV, et FPP

17 May, 2013

Les Peuples Autochtones et le Consentement, Libre, Informé et Préalable (CLIP)

Soutenir l'autodétermination des communautés forestières est fondamental dans l'approche de FPP dont les principes fondateurs sont enracinés dans les droits humains. Comme vous le constaterez en lisant ce recueil, le concept de consentement libre, préalable et informé (CLIP) est bien reconnu dans la jurisprudence internationale et doit être incorporé dans la législation des États à travers le monde lorsque ceux-ci entament le processus des réformes juridiques au niveau interne. Le CLIP constitue déjà un élément clé de nombreuses initiatives de certification pour les industries extractives et agro-alimentaires, ainsi que pour la conservation et les mesures d'atténuation du changement climatique.

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The Status of the REDD+ process in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Patrick Kipalu & Joelle Mukungu, Forest Peoples Programme - DRC

15 May, 2013

The Status of the REDD+ process in the Democratic Republic of Congo

The considerable threats faced by the forests of the Democratic Republic of the Congo continue to draw global attention because of the crucial role these large forests play in regulating the global climate. Estimates indicate that the forests of the Congo Basin as a whole capture and store about 10 to 30 billion tons of carbon, an increasingly significant ecosystem service in light of concerns about climate change. In recent years, projects aimed at the reduction of emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+) have been developed to provide financial incentives based on performance to the owners of large areas of forests in order to reduce the loss of forests and promote the improvement of carbon stocks through conservation and tree planting.

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Protection of the right to land, territory and natural resources in regional and international law in Africa: A Toolkit for NGOs in the Democratic Republic of Congo

CAMV, ADEV, Réseau Cref, CEDEN, FPP

2 May, 2013

Protection of the right to land, territory and natural resources in regional and international law in Africa

This toolkit provides information on the protection of the right to land, territories and natural resources in international and regional law in Africa. Its aim is to provide NGOs with concise and accessible information about the legal framework that exists for the rights of indigenous peoples and local communities in DRC with regard to their lands, territories and natural resources. It also provides useful information on the international and regional mechanisms which NGOs, and the indigenous peoples and local communities they work with, can use in order to claim their rights and advocate for the DRC government to respect its legal obligations at the international and regional level. 

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From logging concessions to carbon concessions: What difference for communities in the Democratic Republic of Congo?

18 February, 2013

Community meeting to assess impacts of REDD projects on the village of Yabongengo (located within the Jadora/SAFBOIS concession)

In 2011, the private Canadian company Ecosystem Restorations Associates (ERA) signed a management contract with the government of the DRC for a former logging concession of almost 300,000 hectares that adjoins the western reaches of Lac Mai Ndombe in Bandundu Province[1]. The aim of this agreement was to prepare the concession for sales of carbon on the international market. Up to 50% of this concession overlaps the customary lands of local and indigenous communities. ERA is now in partnership with Wildlife Works, a large REDD+ project development and management company.

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FPP E-Newsletter February 2013 (PDF Version)

FPP

18 February, 2013

FPP E-Newsletter February 2013

Dear Friends,

Whenever someone remarks that a solution is being frustrated by ‘lack of political will’, I automatically ask myself: whose is the political will and what are the interests pushing for the opposite? 

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

15 October, 2012

Group exercise on community land rights case study, July 2012, Bukavu, South Kivu, DRC

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.

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