Local communities’ and indigenous peoples’ rights to forests in Central Africa: from hope to challenges

Local communities’ and indigenous peoples’ rights to forests in Central Africa: from hope to challenges

This paper reviews the various rights of local communities and
indigenous peoples over forest resources in Central Africa. Indeed, in 2010,
the Council of Ministers of the Commission des Forêts d’Afrique Centrale
(COMIFAC) adopted the Subregional Guidelines on the Participation of
Local Communities and Indigenous Peoples and NGOs in Sustainable Forest
Management in Central Africa. A survey of this subregional legal instrument
highlights a genuine commitment by states to consolidate the benefits
and the emerging rights that can improve the living conditions of vulnerable
communities and strengthen the subregional regime of sustainable forest
management. However, the effectiveness of the subregional guidelines hinges
on the administrative acts and practical measures of member states to incorporate
this instrument into their domestic legal systems and to enforce it.

Authors: Assembe Mvondo, S.

Topic: local communities,forests,community forestry,customary law,international cooperation,sustainability,forest management

Geographic: Central African Republic

Publication Year: 2013

ISSN: 1868-6869

Source: Africa Spectrum 48(1)

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