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Congo Basin


Securing the rights of forest peoples to remain on their territories and defend them from threats is fundamental  to forest protection in this region. Despite this, initiatives to protect forests peoples’ rights to land, resources and self-determination are patchy across the region.

Lack of secure land tenure makes it possible for companies (and governments) to claim that land is ‘available’ for ‘development’, making large swathes of intact forests, rivers, wetlands and lakes – and their inhabitants – vulnerable to destructive activity.

Image © Chris Scarffe