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A legal approach to biodiversity conservation and forest rights of indigenous peoples in the Congo Basin: towards new legal tools

Guignier Armelle, Karpe Philippe, Boutinot Laurence. 2016. A legal approach to biodiversity conservation and forest rights of indigenous peoples in the Congo Basin: towards new legal tools. In : Tropical ecology and society reconciliating conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity. Program and abstracts. Plinio Sist (ed.), Stéphanie Carrière (ed.), Pia Parolin (ed.), Pierre-Michel Forget (ed.). ATBC. Storrs : ATBC, Résumé, p. 136. Annual Meeting of the Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation (ATBC 2016), Montpellier, France, 19 June 2016/23 June 2016.

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Abstract : The livelihood of almost all indigenous peoples of the Congo basin depends on their free access to the forest natural resources. At present, some technical and legal means exist to improve the forest rights of indigenous peoples but the main question is what indigenous peoples themselves would request to truly fit their needs while conserving biodiversity. Based on the case of the Democratic Republic of Congo, this paper will explore the possible legal solutions such as protected areas and their various forms of governance and discuss the most/less suitable options and their conditions. Indeed, Indigenous peoples' and community conserved territories and areas (ICCAs) have been highly debated over the past few years, along with participatory management. If those models could support both IP livelihoods and biodiversity conservation in some protected areas, their implementation could be the first step towards the creation of a new form of "protected area" created and managed by indigenous peoples. This paper will therefore discuss this option further and put it in the broader context of the Congo basin. (Résumé d'auteur)

Classification Agris : P01 - Nature conservation and land resources
K01 - Forestry - General aspects
D50 - Legislation
E51 - Rural population

Auteurs et affiliations

  • Guignier Armelle, UICN (FRA)
  • Karpe Philippe, CIRAD-ES-UPR BSef (CMR) ORCID: 0000-0003-2172-641X
  • Boutinot Laurence, CIRAD-ES-UPR BSef (FRA)

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