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Forum for the Governance of Human Rights
FGDH stands in French for 'Forum pour la Gouvernance et les Droits de l’'Homme' or in English, Forum for Governance and Human Rights. They are located in Brazzaville, in the Republic of Congo.
FGDH works to:
- Promote and defend human rights
- Fight against corruption and fraud
- Ensure that extractive industries respect the environment and community rights
- Promote development of forest and indigenous communities in a way that respects their environment and their culture
- Contribute to improve policies and practices related to the management of forests, biodiversity and natural resources
- Contribute to further democratic governance
FGDH works with forest communities at the national level. Apart from conducting participatory research and advocacy involving forest communities from around Congo, FGDH are a key player in the civil society platform for the national REDD and FLEGT-VPA processes.
We have worked with FGDH since 2009, mainly on research projects examining the situation of land rights of forest communities, as well as their customary systems of land governance and use. More recently, both organisations collaborated to analyse the perceptions and adaptation strategies of indigenous peoples to climate change in northern Congo (read the related publication here).
Currently, RFUK and FGDH are working to analyse the impacts on forest and indigenous communities’ rights of various forest governance processes, notably agro-industrial expansion, and particularly palm oil, and strict conservation projects.