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Legal frameworks on community-based forest management in five Congo Basin countries

ClientEarth has developed a table of legal frameworks to compare models of community-based forestry in five Congo Basin countries: Cameroon, Republic of Congo (Congo), Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Central African Republic (CAR) and Gabon.

The comparison table looks at key issues around community-based forest management, such as the legal basis for community forests, whether they are granted for a limited amount of time or perpetually, their size and the stages of the process to create a community forest.

The table also includes the key weaknesses of each legal framework to reveal some of the potential barriers to developing successful community forestry in the region, such as complexity and length of procedures to obtain community forests and the need to strengthen community capacity for managing forests.

Understanding the legal aspects of these diverse community forestry models will help steer thinking on the options and effectiveness of community-based forest management in Central Africa.

ClientEarth is developing a more detailed analysis of the legal frameworks in Congo and Gabon as well as in selected countries in Latin America and Asia. This work is part of the project “NGO Collaboration for Equitable and Sustainable Community Livelihoods in the Congo Basin Forests” (CoNGOs).

ClientEarth also has legal resources on community-based management of forest resources in five Congo Basin countries (available in French).

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