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Democratic Republic of the Congo

The Democratic Republic of Congo has experienced a long war that has killed 3.5 million people and devastated the country. After the end of the conflict in 1997, the new government began rebuilding administrative systems and set new standards for good governance.  Congo’s population is composed of several ethnic groups, most of which are of Bantu origin. More than half of the population is rural, with agriculture accounting for 41% of the total GDP.

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Economic opportunism in response to COVID-19 erodes Indigenous land rights, generate violence and deforestation

18 February 2021

In their quest to bolster economies battered by the pandemic, governments in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and elsewhere have set aside social and environmental safeguards in favor of destructive development projects that are harming Indigenous communities and the forests they care for,…

Covid an Excuse to Strip Tropical Forests: Indigenous Groups

18 February 2021

PARIS (AFP) — Governments worldwide are using the Covid-19 pandemic to push through destructive development projects and roll back protections of indigenous groups, according to a global report on deforestation and rule of law released Thursday. An assessment by the Forest People’s Programme of…

LAND-at-scale: Frequently Asked Questions

8 October 2020

The Dutch LAND-at-scale program was launched in March last year and since then, two rounds for land intervention ideas have been released. The program seeks ideas that contribute to improving land governance in developing countries, and that ultimately support better food and nutrition security,…

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Taking the time needed to achieve inclusiveness in outgrower schemes

23 July 2018

How do we make land-based agricultural investments more inclusive, particularly regarding land rights? This was the focus of the agenda as LEGEND held the 6th UK Land Policy Forum on July 11 2018, with lively discussions from all involved – including government, DFIs, academics and land-related…

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Towards Rights-Based Conservation in the Congo Basin

A presentation by the Rainforest Foundation UK and Réseau Ressources Naturelles (RRN).   To be sustainable, nature conservation must also support the rights, livelihoods and cultures of local communities. International conservation organisations recognise this, but have these good intentions been…