Central and West Africa is home to some of the world’s richest forests. We work with legal professionals and civil society in Ghana, Republic of Congo, Gabon, Ivory Coast, and Liberia to help ensure that people can meaningfully support the reform and enforcement of their country’s forest laws.
The Philippines was highly forested about a century ago. But today, forests cover less than a third of the country, due to logging, agriculture, fuel-wood extraction and mining. To tackle forest depletion, the Philippines adopted two sets of measures. ClientEarth looked into these measures and assessed their effectiveness while also drawing lessons for the Congo Basin, where forests laws are currently under review.
- Five priorities for community forestry laws in the Republic of Congo
- How community forests are thriving in Tanzania
Lawyers from ClientEarth have launched a new online resource to help forest defenders and managers everywhere have access to the most up to date information about forestry laws.
To combat deforestation, community-based forest management was introduced in 2002 to reduce deforestation and improve the livelihoods of local people.
ClientEarth law and policy advisor Jozef Weyns recalls a story from a recent legal working group in Liberia, in which a community member used his legal prowess to ensure forest communities get what they are entitled to.
ClientEarth has developed a legal toolkit to help decision-makers use laws to reduce forest conversion and minimise the environmental and social impacts of deforestation.