Forest and Development Campaigner
Marie-Ange Kalenga joined Fern in 2014. She is a development specialist and sociologist with 20 years’ experience in the NGO and development sectors. She has lived in Northern Europe, Central, West, and North Africa, working extensively on natural resource governance including for Transparency International and the Extractives Industries Transparency Initiative.
Could the Central African Republic's forests be a way forward?
Conflict in the CAR is allowing illegal deforestation to rise, but turning that around could help bring lasting peace
Forest loss affects women and children disproportionally
Forest loss is a global problem for all due to loss of livelihoods and a changing climate. However, it affects women and children disproportionally.
A green treasure in danger: Who is at fault?
The Republic of Congo, in Central Africa, is home to part of the world's second largest rainforest. The country is often considered a ‘laboratory’ because of the number of initiatives it implements to sustainably manage its...
Here’s how CAFI’s $65 million can help save Congo’s forests
On 3 September 2019, French President Emmanuel Macron (on behalf of the Central African Forest Initiative (CAFI), as France holds this year’s presidency) and President Denis Sassou-Nguesso of the Republic of Congo signed a ground-...
The Amazon and the Congo Basin: the same threats, the same battles
Catholic bishops speak out on protecting indigenous communities and rainforests in the Amazon and worldwide and says it is time to listen to the cry of people and of nature.
Ending corruption, improving forest governance: why it matters
Fern campaigner, Marie Ange Kalenga was invited to produce a blog for Transparency International’s 20th anniversary. Beyond obvious criminal implications, corruption is an assault on people, forests and the environment. It can be stopped.
A year on from FLEGT licensing - VPA Update, November 2017
LoggingOff and Fern publish occasional Forest Watch updates detailing events in countries negotiating a Voluntary Partnership Agreement from a civil society perspective. In the November 2017 edition, the main article focuses on...
Community forestry: Opportunity or mirage for women in the Congo Basin?
In the Congo Basin, women play an important role in forest management by either practicing traditional agroforestry or collecting fuelwood and non-timber forest products for food, livestock, and health care or income generation....
Bringing community forestry to the next level: A review of European support in the Congo Basin
In the past two decades, community forestry has yielded uneven results in the Congo Basin. The initial goal - enabling local communities to benefit directly from forest management - is not yet a reality. Problems include uneven...
EU Development Budget: will the Council build on Parliament’s bold stance?
The European Parliament has given unambiguous support to the climate and the environment. Now Member States must follow suit.
Stronger democracy means stronger forests
Corruption and illegal deforestation go hand in hand. The best way to tackle them is through bolstering community land rights and democracy.
Rooting for change - VPA Update, June 2018
One year ago, forests and their crucial ecological and economic role were again at the forefront of the EU’s policy agenda. In June 2017, at the EU conference on illegal logging and deforestation, EU Commissioner for International...
The fate of the Congo Basin forests must lie with its people
A light breeze of democratisation is blowing through the Congo Basin – and it is being driven by civil society.In the Central African Republic (CAR), civil society is playing a key role in rebuilding a nation torn apart by civil...