Forest Governance archive

  • waterfall over stones in forest in Ivory Coast

    Ivory Coast Forest Code clarified

    ClientEarth has looked at the key provisions of the Forest Code (2014) in Ivory Coast to clarify the terms of the law and to make it more easily understandable.

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    Consulting local communities in Ivory Coast on forest laws

    ClientEarth has been providing legal advice to civil society in Ivory Coast since June 2016, to support their participation in the Forest Code reform.

  • photo of rubber plantation to illustrate story asking What are the risks of weak forest conversion law in Liberia

    What are the risks of weak forest conversion law in Liberia?

    The environmental impacts of forest conversion are devastating, but the people and communities who live in the forest are also at risk.

  • Train track in forest in Liberia close up

    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.

  • Stream and trees in forest in Gabon

    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.

  • Photo of orange leaf trees to illustrate story saying Polish Environment Minister misleads peers on Białowieża Forest

    Polish Environment Minister misleads peers on Białowieża Forest

    The Polish Environment Minister has written to environment ministers from the other 27 EU countries on Białowieża Forest. His letter contains multiple inaccurate or misleading statements.

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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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    Republic of Congo law database

    ClientEarth is working with partners to improve access to information for civil society on natural resources and community rights issues in the Republic of Congo.

  • Environmental accounts are a means, not an end

    Environmental accounts tell us trees are worth 30 times more as forests than as timber. We should protect those standing, and reforest our landscape.

  • Photo of forest lake to illustrate story saying UNESCO: Białowieża forest logging must be stopped

    UNESCO: Białowieża forest logging must be stopped

    UNESCO advisers have called on the Polish Government to suspend plans for a huge increase in logging and let Białowieża Forest grow with minimal intervention.

  • image of Ghana forest uplands

    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.

  • Image of a butterfly found in Ivory Coast

    Protecting forests in Ivory Coast

    Civil society in Ivory Coast is actively engaged in protecting the country’s forest and the communities who depend on them.

  • European Commission visits threatened Białowieża forest

    Officials from the European Commission are visiting the ancient Białowieża Forest in Poland. It follows a similar trip by UNESCO officials. Environmental lawyers ClientEarth have complained about a planned three-fold increase in logging.

  • Image of pygmy owl to illustrate story on Bialowieza "recovery plan" designed to mislead public

    Bialowieza “recovery plan” designed to mislead public

    Environmental lawyers ClientEarth have raised further concerns today about a Bialowieza “recovery plan” suggested by Poland’s environment minister in the ancient forest.

  • The race for rosewood in China – and its toll on West Africa’s forests

    How China’s demand for rosewood is presenting problems for West African ecosystems.

  • Liberia Law Database

    This page aims to provide information to Civil Society Organisations and other actors working on natural resources and community rights related issues in Liberia. We consider this page a ‘living document’, a resource which will be continuously updated and improved upon.

  • Inside the Ghanian Parliament

    Ghana Law Database

    This page aims to provide access to legal texts related to forest and natural resource governance in Ghana and is a resource which will be regularly updated and improved upon.

  • Gabonese Ebony Tree

    Gabon officially recognises civil society’s “strong and meaningful” input on forest law

    Gabon has today officially approved a step-by-step guide designed to help ensure communities share in the profits from timber harvesting in their area.

  • Gabonese rainforest

    Gabon law database

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

  • Photo of a moose to illustrate story about illegal logging threatening Poland's Białowieża Forest

    Illegal logging threatens Poland’s Białowieża Forest

    The Polish government says more logging is the only way to protect ancient Białowieża Forest, but scientists disagree.

  • ClientEarth celebrates the International Day of Forests 2016

    Monday marked the International Day of Forests 2016. So, ClientEarth moved to increase protection for them.

  • Republic of Congo, Brazaville city

    Our work in the Republic of Congo

    Current rates of deforestation are relatively low, but selective logging and the conversion of forested areas to other uses threaten to increase those rates, bringing risks of long-term damage to people and ecosystems.