CONGO REDD+ LABORATORY FALLS SHORT OF DEVELOPMENT GOALS, REPORT FINDS
A new report released by the Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI) finds that 20 REDD+ projects in Mai-Ndome, a province of the Democratic Republic of Congo, do not address two primary goals of the strategy: forest conservation and economic development. In the report, RRI claims that the REDD+ projects are sidelining local communities and infringing on their rights to control what happens to their forest homes. In response, RRI encourages REDD+ donors to stop funding DRC projects until strategy incorporates a more participatory approach that is more inclusive of communities and indigenous groups. For the full story, see: https://news.mongabay.com/2018/03/report-finds-projects-in-drc-redd-laboratory-fall-short-of-development-conservation-goals/.