Central and West Africa archive

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    How community forests are thriving in Tanzania

    To combat deforestation, community-based forest management was introduced in 2002 to reduce deforestation and improve the livelihoods of local people.

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    How taking a ‘radical approach’ delivered community results in Liberia

    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.

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    Putting the brakes on deforestation – a toolkit for forest conversion laws

    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.

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    International Day of Forests 2018

    On International Forests Day, we’re reflecting back on some of our achievements over the last year.

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    How laws shape forest conversion to agriculture in Congo Basin

    ClientEarth law and policy advisor Clotilde Henriot has contributed to a legal paper describing how laws shape forest conversion to agriculture in some countries of the Congo Basin.

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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.

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    New regulation to stop illegal deforestation and promote legal timber trade passes in Ghana

    Ghana has passed a new regulation that aims to stop illegal deforestation and reduce the sale of illegal timber.

  • Independent forest monitoring – experiences from Congo shared in Ivory Coast

    The Independent Monitoring body in the Congo share their experiences and lessons learnt of using independent organisations to verify documents and conduct field visits, with the forest administration, civil society and the private sector in Ivory Coat.

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    Dutch court clarifies industry responsibility under EU illegal logging law

    A Dutch court has ruled against a company which broke the EU Timber Regulation (EUTR).

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    The laws that govern forest conversion in Ghana

    ClientEarth has produced a law database of the central policies, laws and regulations that govern forest conversion in Ghana.

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    Knowledge of law empowers communities negotiating with timber companies

    A new guide to help forest communities in Liberia negotiate with timber companies to share the benefits from harvesting has been launched this week.

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    Discussing forest governance with parliamentarians in Republic of Congo

    Parliamentarians from the Republic of Congo met with members of Congolese civil society and ClientEarth at the Ministry of Justice in February for a roundtable discussion on forest conversion and community forestry.

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    Using forest law to defend community rights in the Republic of Congo

    We’re working with civil society in the Republic of Congo to strengthen draft forest laws to protect local communities’ rights.

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    First newsletter on forest governance in the Republic of Congo

    Civil society in the Republic of Congo has published its first newsletter promoting its work on sustainable forest governance.

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    Celebrating International Day of Forests in Central and West Africa

    The rights of local communities and their involvement in forest governance in Central and West Africa is being celebrated by us today, on the International Day of Forests.

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    Making headlines on EU timber law in Ivory Coast

    Lawyers and associates from ClientEarth have been training members of civil society in Ivory Coast on the EU Timber Regulation (EUTR), the EU’s law to address the issue of illegal logging. This training made headlines on Ivorian TV.

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    Better enforcement of illegal logging law needed, as EUTR turns 4

    Today marks the four-year anniversary of the EU Timber Regulation (EUTR), the EU’s law to address illegal logging. This year has seen some great advances, but more work is needed on enforcement of the law.

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    What is forest conversion?

    The world’s tropical forests are being cleared for agriculture and mining. This is known as ‘forest conversion’ and it’s the leading cause of deforestation today.

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    26 forest communities in Gabon sign agreements to share revenues from forest harvesting

    As a result of these pioneering agreements, communities can use their share of revenues for local development community projects.

  • Resources – Ghana

    This page provides information to Civil Society Organisations and other actors working on forests, natural resources and community rights related issues in Ghana, and is continuously updated and improved upon.

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    Gabon’s new Forest Code: Latest draft submitted to Prime Minister

    The latest version of the new Gabonese draft Forest Code has been officially submitted to the Prime Minister of Gabon, Daniel Ona Ondo.

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    Introduction to our work in Ghana

    Since 2012, ClientEarth has been supporting civil society through providing legal support and training to the stakeholders involved in reform processes in the forest sector.

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    Protecting forests in Liberia

    ClientEarth started working in Liberia in 2015. We are supporting legal reform and implementation by gathering and analysing forest laws in order to make them more accessible.

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    Ivory Coast law database

    ClientEarth has developed a database of main policies and laws applicable in Ivory Coast concerning forest governance , natural resources and community rights.