Will France deliver on CAFI?
All eyes are on France as it takes over the presidency of the Central African Forest Initiative (CAFI). Launched three years ago to protect the Congo Basin forests and support stronger governance of its ecosystems, CAFI is facing...
Republic of Congo’s controversial road
The Observatoire Congolais des Droits de l'Homme (OCDH), one of Fern’s local partners in the Republic of Congo, has published a briefing note on the deaths of at least 100 indigenous children living in the Mbanza village inside a...
CoNGOs project : Discussion of a new paradigm for community forestry
The CoNGOs project partners discuss a new paradigm for community forestry at the meeting of the CBFP parties in Douala.
At the 17th annual Meeting of Parties of the Congo Basin Forest Partnership (CBFP) in Douala, Cameroon, Fern...
Implementation of community forestry in the Republic of Congo
In the Republic of Congo, the forestry sector is the second-largest contributor to the national economy after oil, and the principal employer after the government sector. Approximately 640,000 people living in forest zones are...
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...
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...
Independent Forest Monitoring: a chance for improved governance in VPA countries?
The forest sector is particularly vulnerable to poor governance including corruption, fraud, and organised crime. Illegality in the sector generates vast sums of money and has helped fuel long and bloody conflicts. Even in...
Suspension of Atama’s deforestation activities in Congo: Important but insufficient
Civil society hails the decision taken by the Republic of Congo to suspend the illegal deforestation activities of Atama Plantation in the forested region of Sangha (Northern Congo) where Atama planned to deforest nearly 180,000...
How much do communities get from logging? Social obligations in the logging sector in Cameroon, Ghana, Liberia and Republic of Congo
This study looks at the benefits gained by local communities from the logging industry in Cameroon, Ghana, Liberia and the Republic of Congo and was carried out with support from and on request of local NGOs in these countries.
Étude diagnostique sur la foresterie communautaire en République du Congo
Cette étude diagnostique se penche sur les opportunités et les contraintes pour le développement de la foresterie communautaire en République du Congo. Elle entend apporter des éclairages sur le cadre institutionnel et juridique...