MappingForRights: Putting Rainforest Communities on the Map
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This first in a series of short MappingForRights information briefs provides a general overview of the programme, how it is helping to transform perceptions of forests in the Congo Basin and looks ahead to what this means for various forest reforms in the region.
MappingforRights, an initiative of RFUK and civil society organisations in the Congo Basin, aims literally to put forest communities on the map. Since its launch in 2011 it has supported more than a thousand communities to map and share highly detailed geographical information about their lands and resources so that decisions on forests do not neglect those who depend on them most.
This series of short information briefs looks at some of the community maps in more detail and explores the wider implications for various forest policy processes and programmes underway in the region. It covers community forestry, conservation, industrial logging, agribusiness expansion, participatory land use planning and REDD+. In this introductory briefing, we address the root causes land-based conflict in Central African forests, how MappingForRights aims to help tackle these and why such initiatives are essential to sustainable and equitable forest management.