Central and West Africa archive
Last month, the Republic of Congo’s new forest law came into effect. By ensuring more sustainable management of the country’s vast rainforests, it marks a big step forward in regulating and protecting climate-critical forests.
ClientEarth interviewed our colleague in Liberia to find out more about her gender rights and forest protection work. We collaborate with her to run gender training and workshops as part of the legal working groups, which seek to involve women in forest governance, and in doing so, ensure the community and forests can prosper harmoniously.
Without laws, regulations and legally protected indigenous and local communities, deforestation would wipe them and us out forever.
ClientEarth lawyer Tanja Venisnik has launched a policy briefing outlining five priorities for the Republic of Congo’s first legal framework on community forestry.
ClientEarth looked into the measures adopted by the Philippines to tackle forest depletion and assessed their effectiveness while drawing lessons for the Congo Basin, where forests laws are currently under review.
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.
On International Forests Day, we’re reflecting back on some of our achievements over the last year.
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.
ClientEarth has developed a table of legal frameworks to compare models of community-based forestry in five Congo Basin countries.
Ghana has passed a new regulation that aims to stop illegal deforestation and reduce the sale of illegal timber.
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.
A Dutch court has ruled against a company which broke the EU Timber Regulation (EUTR).
ClientEarth has produced a law database of the central policies, laws and regulations that govern forest conversion in Ghana.
A new guide to help forest communities in Liberia negotiate with timber companies to share the benefits from harvesting has been launched this week.
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.
We’re working with civil society in the Republic of Congo to strengthen draft forest laws to protect local communities’ rights.
Civil society in the Republic of Congo has published its first newsletter promoting its work on sustainable forest governance.
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.
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.
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.
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.