• In 2018, the DRC government approved a plan for communities to gain legal control over their local forests.
  • The Rainforest Foundation UK and its partners in the DRC have been working with 10 participating villages to help community members understand their legal rights to manage local forests.
  • RFUK and its partners maintain that, in addition to the benefits the communities may derive, local management of forests could help halt deforestation, keeping billions of tons of carbon locked away in the fight to slow global climate change.

The legal rights to manage local forests, recently awarded to communities in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), have the potential to improve lives and protect the country’s block of equatorial rainforest, according to a new film from the Rainforest Foundation UK.

“Our forest has lots of natural resources, and now we can find solutions to better manage them,” Florence, a woman from the village of Irebu, says in the six-and-a-half-minute film.

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