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Protecting the DRC’s Forest: Protected Areas for People and Planet

Author: TMP Systems & RRI

Date: June 1, 2016

The DRC is home to some of the world’s most important forests and biomes, so reducing deforestation quickly and efficiently is an important part of global climate change mitigation. This paper aims to help by estimating the potential cost of compensating people affected by the proposed expansion while respecting the principles of Free, Prior, and Informed Consent (FPIC).

It provides a set of basic recommendations that might help to reduce physical and economic displacement through site selection, policy design and alternatives to protected areas. By treating local peoples as partners in these protected area initiatives, those establishing and maintaining protected area networks can cut costs and speed up implementation.

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