In This Section
Our current projects involve legal analysis and support for forest governance laws, applying innovative mapping techniques to help indigenous people's secure their rights to their land and resources, and helping communities fight legal battles for better recognition. Please use the left hand menu to see what we've been up to in more detail.
Mapping and Forest Governance
Over 50 million people depend on the Congo Basin rainforest for their livelihoods. This project aims to improve forest communities' rights to their land.
Mapping For Rights
By highlighting the presence of otherwise 'invisible' indigenous peoples and forest communities, this project hopes to bridge the gap between remote forest communities and central decision making processes to eradicate marginalisation of forest dwellers.
Cocoa production is a vital source of income for Ashaninka families. This project has helped them improve their productivity, produce better quality and sustainably-grown cocoa.
Communal reserves offer indigenous communities the ability to manage their own land, empowering them and offering them better security. However, in Peru, communities are not yet receiving these benefits.
Palm oil production has had devastating effects in South East Asia. With palm oil producers looking to aggressively expand their operations in West and Central Africa, this project aims to raise awareness of the negative impacts and ensure Africa does not experience similar problems.
Community Legal Field Workers
In the Congo Basin, indigenous peoples and forest communities have become extremely vulnerable due to discrimination, exclusion from governance processes and rights violations.
The potential role of forest dwellers in monitoring forest illegalities has to date been largely overlooked - this project engages communities in forest governance, empowering them to take control of their lands and resources.
The current conservation model carries a heavy human cost. We want to see a shift towards a more effective, sustainable method of conservation - a 'people-friendly' approach.