The Rainforest Foundation UK

Helping communities protect Congo's rainforest

Instead of local people being excluded and often evicted from protected areas such as National Parks in Africa’s rainforests, to work with them and use their presence and knowledge to help strengthen conservation of rainforest while also protecting their rights.

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It ran from 12:00 PM, 29 November 2016 to 12:01 PM, 6 December 2016

Registered Charity in England and Wales (1138287)

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  • Environment/ConservationEnvironment/Conservation
  • Human Rights/AdvocacyHuman Rights/Advocacy




Strictly protected areas in the Congo Basin have serious impacts on local communities: their land rights are violated when they are displaced to create “empty” protected areas, rights to livelihoods are undermined as access to essential resources are restricted and they face threats to basic rights and freedoms with arbitrary arrest, torture and punishment at the hands of park guards. Exclusion of communities from conservation efforts harms both local livelihoods and conservation effectiveness.


The project will support communities to better understand their rights, and the laws and policies that relate to conservation; will train communities and local organisations to monitor human rights violations and develop strategies to realise community participation in management of protected areas; will work with institutions charged with managing protected areas to develop conflict resolution processes targeting specific protected areas, with the aim of advancing a new model of conservation