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Making Forestry Fairer

It is widely accepted that in order to keep forests standing, forest policies must be fair and reflect the needs, values and rights of local communities. 

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ForestWatch Issue 192

• Forest peoples demand the right to be at the centre of global efforts to curb deforestation • Best practices in community forestry moves up the agenda • New guide explains how to make forestry fairer • Cambodia: Military vs. REDD? • New animation tells the story of FLEGT

The Palangka Raya Declaration on Deforestation and the Rights of Forest Peoples

Representatives of forest peoples, indigenous peoples, local communities, farmers, rubber tappers, rattan collectors, peatland dwellers, women, men and youth from Asia, Africa and Latin America, and supportive environmental, human rights and social non-governmental organisations, urge governments, international agencies and the international community to halt the production, trade and consumption of commodities derived from deforestation, land grabs and other violations of the rights of forest peoples; 

ForestWatch Issue 191 March 2014

  • Parliament adopts resolution on EU-Indonesia Voluntary Partnership Agreement
  • Biomass conversion: From bad to worse?
  • A chance to comment
  • RoC Forest Reform: Haste could undermine progress
  • Liberia: President’s Volte-Face
  • Manoeuvring in Sarawak
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ForestWatch Issue 190 February 2014

  • LULUCF rules may weaken already unambitious EU 2030 climate and energy targets
  • Stand with Cameroon Activists
  • Liberia: Palm oil and ‘development’ v. human rights?
  • FLEGT Action Plan review: High expectations
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Letter to UN Rapporteurs re: Herakles Farms in Cameroon

Eighteen NGOs including FERN have sent a letter to three UN Special Rapporteurs calling for them to investigate and intervene in the acts of repression and criminalisation of local organisations and activists in Cameroon. 

ForestWatch Issue 189 January 2014

  • Underlying causes overlooked as Central African Republic situation intensifies
  • Biodiversity offsetting: A flawed approach gains ground
  • A Guide to securing community land rights in Africa
FW 189 January 2014.pdf407.01 KB

Securing community land and resource rights in Africa: A guide to legal reform and best practices

This report draws on examples from across Africa to explain key aspects of law and explore ways of identifying, creating and making the most of opportunities for positive legal reform.