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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.
The EU was about to discard its best weapon in the fight against illegal logging. Then civil society groups around the world pushed back. Marie-Ange Kalenga looks at a crisis that was averted.
From the Liberian women fighting for the right to own and govern land that’s rightfully theirs, to the Guyanese Indigenous Peoples resisting companies attempting to seize their forests these stories come from different parts of the globe, but are bound by a common thread.
The unfolding COVID crisis has laid bare our social, disaster-preparedness, economic and governance vulnerabilities. But 2020 is a plentiful year for crises: in addition to the pandemic, our consumption and unsustainable economic...
The year 2020 promised to be a remarkable year for biodiversity protection. But the COVID-19 pandemic has reminded us of one truth: human health and the health of the planet are linked; destroying natural habitats exposes us to...
Forest loss is a global problem for all due to loss of livelihoods and a changing climate. However, it affects women and children disproportionally.
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...
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-...
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.
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.
German facilitation of the Partnership could set an innovative course.
Conflict in the CAR is allowing illegal deforestation to rise, but turning that around could help bring lasting peace
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....
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...
The European Parliament has given unambiguous support to the climate and the environment. Now Member States must follow suit.
Corruption and illegal deforestation go hand in hand. The best way to tackle them is through bolstering community land rights and democracy.
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...
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...
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...