News, Partner Voices
Why we can’t allow the EU-Republic of Congo forest partnership to lose momentum
In 2013, the Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA) between the government of the Republic of Congo and the European Union (EU) entered into force, with the aim of addressing problems related to forest governance and illegal...
Deforestation Regulation: FLEGT’s achievements must be saved at all costs
FLEGT’s achievements must be saved at all costs, says Christian Mounzéo of Rencontre pour la paix et les droits de l’homme (RPDH), Republic of Congo.
Independent forest monitoring in Congo: A governance tool at risk?
In the Republic of the Congo (RoC), the forestry sector continues to face governance challenges. Authorities often struggle to enforce laws and sanction illegal logging practices, and corruption remains omnipresent. Civil society...
Forest defenders on the COVID-19 frontline stand ready to assist the global EU response
Peoples’ and the planet’s resilience can be enhanced by integrating the COVID-19 response with European Green Deal initiatives and prioritising the most vulnerable.
China’s forest footprint: Time for action on the ground
Christian Mounzéo and Essylot C. Lubala look at China’s new forest law and the practical results it may have in forested countries, such as the Congo Basin.
How to improve forest governance in Republic of Congo
New reports indicate that forest governance has been improving in Republic of Congo, but further strides are needed.
How civil society is protecting forests and Indigenous Peoples’ rights in Congo
Interview with Nina Cynthia Kiyindou (OCDH)
Pitfalls and Promises of Congo's New Forest Eldorado
Logging and conservation projects have spurred rapid development in the Sangha forest region of the Congo. But what’s the human and environmental cost? Laudes Martial Mbon travels to the depths of the Congo Basin rainforest to investigate.
The Congo Basin Forest Partnership: a powerful force to save Central Africa’s forests?
German facilitation of the Partnership could set an innovative course.
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.