Forced labour and discrimination is widespread among indigenous ‘Pygmy’ communities across the Congo Basin – says the Rainforest Foundation UK (RFUK)
On a day when human rights successes are being celebrated across the globe, thousands of ‘Pygmies’ in the Congo Basin are still heavily discriminated against, are victims of violence and, with many being subject to forced labour by their Bantu farming neighbours.
The nomadic, hunter-gatherer forest people have been forced to settle close to roads and rivers since the colonial era and for work, health care and education in modern times but many are without birth certificates, lack basic citizenship and rights to their lands and remain, to this day, severely socially and economically marginalised.
Is climate change starting to affect the Congolese rainforest?
New report says local indigenous peoples believe it is …
Indigenous peoples in the Congolese rainforest are noticing environmental changes that might be attributable to climate change – says a new report published by the Rainforest Foundation UK, (RFUK) .
The study amongst indigenous ‘Pygmies’ in two communities in the rainforests of northern Republic of Congo, co-ordinated by RFUK, reveals that they had observed increased temperature, lower rainfall levels and changes in the seasonality of the forest over the past 20 years. The communities’ perception that there is now a much longer dry season correlates with historical climate data.
The communities also reported an increasing rarity of medicinal plants, less abundant forest resources (such as fruits, seeds, flowers and animals) and deforestation, which may be indirectly linked to climate change
HELP US DOUBLE OUR EFFORTS TO SECURE THE RAINFOREST HOME FOR INDIGENOUS PEOPLE IN THE AMAZON AND CONGO BASIN
As 2013 draws to a close we urgently need to raise funds for our work next year and are aiming to raise a very ambitious £50,000 to support our work to secure, protect and defend the homes and habitats of the Congo Basin rainforest.
This year RFUK launched a campaign to raise awareness of a new threat to the Congo Basin: 1.6 million hectares of new palm oil developments planned for the world’s second largest rainforest. New plantations threaten the livelihoods of rainforest communities as well as precious habitat for endangered great apes, forest elephants and even aquatic mammals.
We must support communities to challenge palm oil and logging companies, secure their rights, and influence national and international laws to protect rainforests, their inhabitants and the rare wildlife they contain.
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