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Africa: New Report Shows Citizens Are Key to Forest Protection But Lack Support and Voice

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International schemes to protect forests are unlikely to succeed until they ensure that local civil society and communities are at the heart of forest monitoring, according to a new report published by twelve NGOs today.

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Cathe romano (52)
Thursday October 10, 2013, 2:59 am
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Past Member (0)
Thursday October 10, 2013, 3:40 am
People matter?

pam w (139)
Thursday October 10, 2013, 6:59 am
GOOD GRIEF! Someone's FINALLY acknowledging this?


Sara V (0)
Thursday October 10, 2013, 10:05 am
"Independent Forest Monitoring implemented by local civil society needs to be context-specific, and already takes different forms in different countries."

Yes, it's what people have always done - take care of their own backyards, in ways which suit their lives and traditions. The problem comes when outsiders arrive to exploit resources. The government of Madagascar has been renting (for 99 years) vast swathes of land to China and Italy for pennies, and pushing off the locals who were living on it. Terres Malgaches has been reporting. (See below.) Governments allow for these large-scale "projects" which would never occur if land had to be rented by and from private individuals/family units (or not, as they chose.) It's like the Brazilian government subsidizing people to move into the rainforest to clear the land to raise cattle. Those forests would stay intact if the people were left to their own devices.

From Terres Malgaches' Newsletter n° 25, 14/9/2013

"Encore une fois, des responsables de l'Etat ont piétiné les droits de la population malgache sur leurs terres afin de plaire aux investisseurs et d'assouvir l'avidité des responsables étatiques. Les dirigeants malgaches font-ils semblant de ne pas connaître les lois ou méprisent-ils les droits des Malgaches ?

La mise en œuvre du projet d'exploration de gisement de fer à Soalala, assurée par une société chinoise WISCO, provoque la spoliation de la population de sa terre où se trouvent les minerais et amplifie les cas d'accaparement de terre présents à Madagascar.

La SIF et les autorités locales des communes d'Ambohipaky et Ankasakasa viennent d'apprendre au début du mois de septembre de cette année, après avoir lu le certificat de situation juridique signé par le responsable du service foncier de Mahajanga du 28 août 2013, qu'une surface de plus de 43 000 ha qui intéresse l'investisseur a été immatriculée au nom de l'Etat en 2010.

Il s'avère fondamental de rappeler que pour la société civile l'accaparement de terre à Madagascar se définit comme suit : « La spoliation des Malagasy de leurs droits sur leurs terres, quelles que soient leur surface et leur qualité et/ou la non jouissance des avantages issus de l'exploitation du terrain soit par l'agriculture à grande échelle soit par l'exploitation des ressources minières soit par toute autre activité."

Theodore Shayne (56)
Thursday October 10, 2013, 10:15 am
It's always the local people who get things done which is why I'm such a firm believer in micro finance and bio metric cards and women's education. Unfortunately locals movements are hampered by foreign corporations who want the resources at any cost.
This was illustrated by the IMF through globalization by which they enthralled many of the developing nation's governments. This was done through the issuance of loans they knew said nations couldn't repay except by surrendering a large percentage of their resources. The loans were extended thereby giving the IMF and the WCB and their controllers even greater control over the nations.
Resources weren't the only thing they surrendered. In many cases the IMF required them to cut government spending and funding to education; medical facilities and other social services. I forget which African nation it was in the early 90s whereby the teachers actually set up their own school and were doing quite well due to their dedication and devotion. They were shut down by new government legislation which required a hefty fee. The IMF was behind that too.
Guess who's behind the IMF? If you guessed the Big Six Mega Corps, you guessed right. They have a ready pool of replaceable surfeit worker slaves as well as a mass global market of consumers. Life is good for them.
I hope the local succeed in protecting and managing their forests and resources in this case.

Nimue Michelle Pendragon Gaze (339)
Saturday October 12, 2013, 3:48 am
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