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RRN, located in Kinchasa, aims to provide legal support and promote social peace for indigenous and forest communities
RRN are the 'Réseau Ressources Naturelles', and are located in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo.
Their aims are to:
- Ensure the interests, rights and traditional practice of local communities and indigenous peoples are taken into account in the management of natural resources;
- Build capacities of local communities and indigenous peoples to advocate for the recognition of their rights to access natural resources and land, and provide them with judicial assistance if necessary;
- Promote development initiatives alternative to industrial logging that contribute to poverty reduction of local communities and indigenous peoples;
- Develop reflections and actions to contribute to the fight against deforestation and climate change effects;
- Evaluate and document socioeconomic and environmental impacts of natural resources exploitation activities;
- Strengthen local communities and indigenous peoples’ implication and participation in the decision making process in order to promote good governance and transparency in the management of natural resources;
- Promote social peace consolidation initiatives between stakeholders in natural resources management;
- Strengthen Congolese civil society advocacy at local, national and international levels on questions regarding the environment and natural resources.
RRN is a network of 256 local NGOs spread through the 11 provinces of DRC. Each member conducts their own projects but the National Coordination of RRN also works directly with rural and forest communities.
We have worked with RRN since its creation in 2002 on the following issues:
- Participatory Mapping
- Legal Capacity Building
- Land and Resource Rights of Forest Peoples
- Land Tenure Reform process
- Conservation & Rights
- Indigenous Peoples Rights