Customary rights key to land reform in Democratic Republic of Congo, expert says

Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is a vast country about two thirds the size of Europe. More than half of its territory is forested, much of it inhabited by local and Indigenous communities whose tenure rights are not properly recognized by the state. Persistent land issues are a cause of conflict and violence in the […]

Yangambi: Planting the roots of vegetation classification in Africa

Beginning in the late 19th century, effective classification of Africa’s bounteous vegetation became a major preoccupation for European geographers and botanists. Seeking to gain a better understanding of the vast territories that their countries had colonized, they hoped to contribute to more efficient land use, resource and environmental management. But they soon realized they faced […]

Yangambi: Planting the roots of vegetation classification in Africa

Beginning in the late 19th century, effective classification of Africa’s bounteous vegetation became a major preoccupation for European geographers and botanists. Seeking to gain a better understanding of the vast territories that their countries had colonized, they hoped to contribute to more efficient land use, resource and environmental management. But they soon realized they faced […]

“Engagement landscape” concept takes shape in DRC’s Yangambi

Healing the heavily forested landscapes of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in the aftermath of devastating wars that ended in 2003 has been a slow process, just one of many systemic scars under repair amid ongoing post-conflict skirmishes. War has contributed to forest loss and damage through unregulated wildlife hunting, livestock grazing, subsistence agricultural […]