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New ClientEarth law reform guide can help strengthen forest governance

Posted On: 16 Sep 2020   |   Posted By: Client Earth

There is a growing global awareness that forests play a key role in tackling climate change. This has led to laws governing the environmental and forest sector to be revised - particularly in tropical and subtropical countries, from Cambodia to Republic of the Congo.
Not only do these law reforms seek to improve the protection and management of forests. They also often reflect international commitments taken by governments on forest protection, sustainable forest management and indigenous rights.
New initiatives by governments to reform their forestry laws are welcome. But in order for these reforms to lead to real and lasting changes, the laws must be strong, enforceable and inclusive.
For years, our legal experts have been working alongside national civil-society organisations and partners in West and Central Africa to help improve forest governance by inputting into effective legal reforms. This work has given us valuable insight into how laws must be developed if they are to be effective in practice.
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