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The Rainforest Foundation UK's new Mapping for Rights web platform heralds a new era for forest governance in the Congo Basin

Welcome to Mapping for Rights, an online platform which brings together expertise in the fields of participatory mapping, geo-spatial technologies and policy development concerned with community and indigenous land rights and improved forest governance in the Congo Basin. An initiative of the Rainforest Foundation UK (RFUK), the website provides policy makers, NGOs, the private sector, researchers and communities with the following key features:

Interactive Map

Providing easy access to accurate geographical information about the presence, land use and rights of indigenous peoples and other forest-dependent communities in the Congo Basin. It is a repository for participatory mapping data and other work that has been carried out by various organisations in the region over the last decade.

Authorised users will be able to view community occupation and forest usage alongside other claims on, and users of the forest, such as logging activities, REDD+ projects, palm oil plantations, mining and gas permits, infrastructure projects and strictly protected areas. The map also contains embedded multimedia content which provides insights into the culture, livelihoods and concerns of the communities.

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Forest Zone Blog

Provides news, views and analysis on the latest policy developments in the Congo Basin and elsewhere with thought leadership pieces from key individuals concerned with land and forest governance. Users can access multi-media content, guest blogs, interviews, discussion and a news round-up from other sources.

What must we do to secure community
land tenure? - 
Samuel Nguiffo. The world is currently in a phase of fierce competition among major companies for better access to land and natural resources. Logging activities, mines and oil extraction, sport hunting, agro-industries, big infrastructures projects, and new carbon-stocking projects are requiring larger and larger spaces and resources. And coincidentally, these spaces are mostly located in rural areas.

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What has REDD done for land rights
in the Congo Basin?

Though it is now fading, great expectations were placed on REDD (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation) as a means to fund better forest protection in the Congo Basin and elsewhere. But in what ways has REDD strengthened or weakened land and resource rights of forest communities?

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Ndima – Mapping Our Future

RFUK and NGO Maison de l'Enfant et de la Femme Pygmées (MEFP), in collaboration with film maker Luis Leitao, have launched a film on how local indigenous BaAka communities in the Central African Republic have used mapping to support their claims to their traditional lands in the face of growing pressures from outside forces.

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More From Forest Zone:

Interview with Frederic Amiel of Greenpeace on the impacts and future risks of mining, infrastructure and industrial agricultural expansion in the Congo Basin. Click here to view the video

Congo Oil Palm Development threat shows need to put Forest Communities on the map Read More

For every land grabber there is a land giver - Joe Eisen Read More

The Independent Evaluation Group review of the World Bank’s forestry programme - what implications for the
Congo Basin? - Simon Counsell Read More

External News Round Up Oct 28th - Nov 10th 2013
A fortnightly round-up of news and developments in the forest, land, human rights, conservation and technology sectors from the Congo Basin and elsewhere. Read More

Resource Portal

A library of technical, legal and training resources on mapping, zoning and other land and spatial forest governance related issues. The site’s resources include participatory mapping tutorials, research publications, infographics and much more, organised by theme and by country.



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Joe Eisen
27 November 2013

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