Impacts of industrial logging concessions in Africa’s rainforests
Most of the Congo Basin’s forests have been divided up into concessions, conservation areas and community use, with most of Central Africa’s forests being under industrial forest concessions. Forest-dependant communities have been totally excluded from decision-making processes. Zoning, in the way it is currently implemented, is potentially creating future legal and social conflict by ignoring pre-existing forest use and management patterns that are far more complex and nuanced than “logging”, “conservation” and “community use”.
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