Benjamin Ichou provides legal support to civil society organisations on forest governance in the Congo Basin. This aims to strengthen and uphold the rights of local communities and Indigenous peoples whose livelihood are closely tied to nature.

His work focuses mainly on participatory decision-making, communities’ rights over land and forests as well as on social agreements between businesses and communities. The Congo basin being the second largest rainforest, improved forest governance and stronger rights to those best placed to protect forests contribute to carbon and biodiversity-rich ecosystems.


Ben first joined ClientEarth as an intern in 2015. Before joining ClientEarth, he gained first-hand experience working as a Junior Environment, Health and Safety Consultant at Enhesa, a market leader in global EHS compliance assurance. He also volunteered for environmental and human rights groups in Europe and beyond.


Benjamin holds a double degree in Law and Political Science from the Université Lyon-III, and a Masters in Environmental Law from the Université Paris-Sud.

Forests sustain local communities, they are home to half known species and they regulate our climate. A great number of local and global challenges can be addressed if forest laws are strong, if they empower forest communities and if they are adequately enforced. Knowing that my work contributes to that is invaluable.

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