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19 November 2013 DR Congo

City dwellers’ rush for rural lands threatens the implementation of community forestry

City dwellers’ investment in rural areas could be an opportunity for the development of these areas, but at the same time is a threat to development as it drastically reduces customary forests for local communities. Therefore, community forestry is at risk: if nothing is done to stop this trend, in the near future there will be no forests for local people and, therefore no community forestry. This is the main message of TBI DR Congo at the 7th forum on forest governance in Africa, held in Kinshasa, DR Congo from 29 to 30 September 2013 and organized by The IDLgroup in collaboration with TBI DR Congo.

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18 November 2013 DR Congo

Community Forestry: an opportunity to reduce poverty and ensure sustainable management of forests in DR Congo

Community forestry can be an opportunity to improve the socioeconomic conditions of local communities and ensure sustainable forest management, if it is based on the principles of good governance, according to Professor Alphonse Maindo, director of Tropenbos International DR Congo program. This was his end message in the presentation "Governance of community forests”, presented during the workshop on community forestry held in Kisangani, 1-2 October, 2013.

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10 September 2013 DR Congo

Strengthening research capacity through training in scientific methodology

There is a need in DR Congo to strengthen quantitative and qualitative research methods. TBI DR Congo organized from July 29 to August 3, 2013 a training course on research methods for researchers from TBI and our various partners.

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13 May 2013 DR Congo

Artisanal logging and legality verification in DRC: what are the options?

FSC certification is not the right instrument to improve forest governance in DR Congo at the moment. This was the conclusion of a network event organised by WWF and the Dutch Tropical Forest Association VTB the 23th of April at the WWF office in Zeist, the Netherlands.

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05 March 2013 DR Congo

Increasing land purchases around Kisangani cause conflicts with local population

Urban dwellers are buying more and more land around Kisangani, Oriental Province, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). These land purchases cause conflicts with the local population. A study conducted by Tropenbos International DR Congo (TBI DR Congo) in the region of Kisangani during December 2012 and January 2013 shows that if customary rights are considered and respected in formal land acquisition processes, conflicts over land could be reduced considerably.

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01 November 2012 DR Congo

Cross-border flows of timber in the Great Lakes Countries

TBI DR Congo organised together with the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN-DR Congo), a workshop on cross-border flows of timber between DR Congo, Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi and national and local strategies to control the timber trade between these four countries.

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