World Rainforest Movement

Impacts of industrial logging concessions in Africa’s rainforests

Rec_Impacts_industrial_loggingMost 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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