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ClientEarth Communications

6th May 2021

Webinar: "In conversation: Rights-based approaches for forest protection initiatives"

Diverse perspectives on the development of solid benefit sharing and community contracting

Wednesday 12th May | 10:00 am – 11.30 am (BST) | Via Zoom

Initiatives aimed at tackling the climate crisis increasingly revolve around forest protection actions. These actions are known as nature-based solutions. For these to be successful, it is important that they truly take into account forest communities’ rights, meaningfully involve such communities and bring positive outcomes for their land and livelihoods.

Such approaches transpire from laws applicable in West and Central African countries designed to ensure communities have a say in the way forests are managed. In the Republic of Congo, Gabon, Ghana and Liberia, the law requires logging companies to share benefits with forest communities. This is known as benefit sharing or community contracting.

At this webinar, legal practitioners and civil society representatives from these four countries will reflect on the lessons learned from the design and operation of such schemes and will discuss its application to forest conservation projects.

The speakers at the webinar will be Brian Rohan (ClientEarth), Doreen Asumang-Yeboah (Tropenbos Ghana; Rain), Inès Gady Mvoukani (Comptoir Juridique Junior), Lucia Diana Sonii Gbala (Heritage and Partners Associates) and Olivier Meye Obiang (Brainforest).

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