Welcome to our new partner "Rainforest Foundation UK (RFUK)”!

Welcome to our New Partner "Rainforest Foundation UK (RFUK)!”

 

 

London, 12th January 2016 - Rainforest Foundation UK (RFUK) has officially joined the Congo Basin Forest Partnership (CBFP). By so doing, RFUK has submitted the required documentation and agrees to abide by the cooperation framework of CBFP members to advance sustainable management of forest ecosystems in Central Africa. RFUK’s work and approach fall squarely in line with the CBFP Cooperation Framework, as they share the belief that the well-being of local peoples and the protection and sustainable management of the Congo Basin rainforest are inextricably linked. RFUK also seeks to contribute to capacity building and enhanced participation of local civil society and believes that producing and sharing high quality information (such as community  mapping and monitoring data or a  range of specialised publications) is essential to informing better policy and disseminating good practice in the region.

 

 

Therefore, by becoming a CBFP member, RFUK  believes that its organisation, with more than 20 years’ experience working in the Congo Basin in support of forest  peoples’  rights,  would  contribute  to  the  objectives  of  the  Partnership  in  many positive ways, which are described below.

  • Since the early 1990s, RFUK has been working in five countries of the Congo Basin – Cameroon, the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Republic of Congo and Gabon – implementing projects at the regional, national and local levels.  Their  mission  is  “to support indigenous peoples and traditional populations of the world's rainforests in their efforst to protect their environment and fulfil their rights to land, life and livelihood.“
  • Their concrete efforts towards this mission include: the largest-scale participatory mapping exercise ever carried out in the region, across the five countries and which is currently being expanded in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)  and Cameroon (please visit www.MappingforRights.org for more information). Their projects also include legal capacity building and support for forest communities; research and advocacy related to sustainability and rights; specific policy advocacy and support for indigenous peoples; participatory   land   use   planning   exercises;   and a t community-   based   real-time   forest monitoring initiative called ForestLink. RFUK is based in London with their projects implemented in partnership with a number of Central African NGOs. This approach enables the organisation to pursue their cross-cutting objective of building the capacity of local civil society organisations.

 

RFUK’s projects also contribute to the advancement of the COMIFAC Convergence Plan. Some examples of their contributions related to their research and mapping activities, as they relate to axis 2, “Resource knowledge and inventory” and 8, “Research”; their participatory land use planning initiatives under axis 3, “Ecosystem management”; their monitoring projects which contribute to axis 5, “Sustainable use of forest resources”; and their general approach by which all their projects include a strong “Capacity development and training” component as provided under axis 7 of the Plan.

 

 

In addition to RFUK‘s active partnerships with local NGOs in the Congo Basin, the organisation maintains very active collaboration with several CBFP members. In particular, RFUK‘s work benefits from financial support from the governments of the United Kingdom, Germany, and the United States and from the European Commission. RFUK also has partnerships with non-governmental members such as the World Resources Institute and maintain a close dialogue with organisations such as WWF, AWF, CI and WCS. In addition, RFUK collaborates with governments at the national and local levels in several ways, including by providing training on forest governance issues such as mapping and forest peoples’ rights; and feeding into the formulation and implementation of laws and policies such as community forests in DRC and Central African Republic (CAR), the Indigenous Peoples’ law in the Republic of Congo, land use planning in Cameroon and benefit sharing mechanisms in Gabon. RFUK would be happy to provide more details about these initiatives if necessary.

 

In summary, RFUK’s track record and approach would represent a very positive contribution to the CBFP.

 

Welcome to our New Partner "Rainforest Foundation UK (RFUK)!”

 

For more Information, please see contact persons that have been appointed to follow up on this matter at RFUK namely Research and Policy Coordinator Joe Eisen (joe@rainforesuk.org),  and Policy Advisor Maud Salber (mauds@rainforesruk.org), and consult the Official website of the " Rainforest Foundation UK (RFUK) 

 

Go back

CBFP News

FGF 2020 Applications Now Open !

We are pleased to announce that applications are now open for our first Forest Governance Forum in Asia. The event is taking place 11-12 February 2020 in Jakarta, Indonesia.

Read more …

November 12, 2019 - November 15, 2019 African Landscapes Dialogue Tanzania

Gathering Landscape Leaders from Across Africa for Peer-to-peer Learning and agenda-setting from the grassroots. 27 Sub-Saharan African countries have pledged to restore, or begin the process of restoring, over 96 million hectares of degraded land on the continent by 2030. 40 SSA countries include climate change mitigation from Land Use, Land Use Change, and Forestry in their (intended) Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) for the Paris Climate Accord. 34 NDCs include mitigation contributions from agriculture. Every African nation has signed on to the Sustainable Development Goals. The question now asked regularly: how will our countries keep these commitments?

Read more …

IHC-Securing gorillas in the Congo awarded with Germany’s highest Nature Film Prize

‘Paradise Preserved: Congo – Protecting the Gorilla Forests’, the film which Thomas Weidenbach produced for ARTE, received Germany’s Nature Film Prize on Saturday 5 October 2019. Commissioned by tv-channel ARTE, known to air cultural programmes, the film was broadcast at the end of June.

Read more …

BCC 2020 Save the Date!

After two very successful Business of Conservation Conferences, the next Business of Conservation Conference will take place from September 1st to 3rd, 2020 at the Kigali Convention Center in Kigali, Rwanda. Register here to secure your slot!

Read more …

Forest Watch October 2019

Read: The ‘Greenest’ Commission that Europe has ever seen? UN Climate Action Summit: Every silver lining has a raincloud; The EU at the UN Climate Action Summit: Finally getting somewhere? NGOs submit complaint regarding long-term destructive logging in Romania…

Read more …

IISD-African Climate Risks Conference (ACRC) 2019, Highlights for Tuesday, 8 October 2019

The African Climate Risks Conference (ACRC) 2019 continued on Tuesday, October 8, with a heavy agenda, including plenary and thematic parallel sessions as well as panel discussions, workshops, and seminars.

Read more …

FERN-The ‘Greenest’ Commission that Europe has ever seen?

From 30 September - 8 October 2019, newly elected Members of the European Parliament grilled the 26 nominees for the European Commission, to evaluate their “general competence and independence, but also their European commitment”. Fern followed the Commissioners’ hearings through the “forest lens”.

Read more …

24 October: World Development Information Day

"Information and communications technologies have the potential to provide new solutions to development challenges, particularly in the context of globalization, and can foster economic growth, competitiveness, access to information and knowledge, poverty eradication and social inclusion." General Assembly Resolution.

Read more …

CBFP News Archive

2019

BCC 2020 Save the Date!
Forest Watch October 2019
World Bamboo Day
China goes green again!
GEF Newsletter | June 2019
The Cafi Dialogues
Forest Watch April 2019
Forest Watch March 2019