We strengthen and support local civil organizations and forest communities’ rights to their land resources, and ensure that justice systems return favorable jurisprudence.
DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO
Support and Strengthening of the Capacities of the Pygmy Indigenous Peoples in Isolated Areas Through Adapted Tools of Communication, Information in Defense of their Rights, Culture, Land and Natural Resources – Alliance Nationale d’Appui et de Promotiondes Aires du Patrimoine Autochtone et Communautaire en République démocratique du Congo (ANAPAC)
The overall objective of this project is to give the isolated and forgotten Pygmy communities in three provinces of North Kivu the appropriate tools to understand and learn about their rights. The Pygmy communities only speak their own language, making them powerless in front of the invasion of their land, all in the name of the national United Nations REDD+ program.
Through tangible actions such as restoring the school and health center, and regular meetings led by the project holders where they use communication tools tailored for the Pygmy’s understanding; the communities learn that they have rights and the means to protect their land and their natural resources, they understand that they can improve their lives and those of their children.
The ultimate goal will be to empower the Pygmy communities, allowing them to protect their rights and their environment.
Securing Chepkitale Ogiek Community Ancestral Lands, Indigenous Forests, Traditional Knowledge and Livelihoods – The Chepkitale Indigenous Development Project (CIPDP)
The first beneficiaries of this project will be the entire Ogiek community in Chepkitale (6,000 people) as they increase their capacity to protect their forest and fauna, and will progressively move toward the recognition of their rights to their ancestral land. If successful in its first phase, the project will benefit the millions of people from current and future generations near Mount Elgon.
The project is enabling the Ogiek community to engage in the policy-making process, following and taking advantage of the Community Lands Act enacted in 2016.
One interesting feature of this project is the investment in childhood development and the importance of integrating Indigenous knowledge in schools. Resources on this knowledge are to be disseminated by the new resource center for training local school teachers.
REPUBLIC OF CONGO
Securing Forest Communities’ Rights in and Around Protected Areas – Observatoire congolais des droits de l’Homme (OCDH) & Groupe d’Action pour Sauver l’Homme et son Environnement (GASHE)
This project aims at protecting forest communities and maintaining access and control over their traditional lands and livelihoods in existing protected areas in the region. Forest communities are empowered to seek remedy for past abuses and play a central role in protecting their traditional forests.