ClientEarth is an environmental law charity, with offices in London, Brussels, Warsaw, Berlin, and Beijing. It was founded in 2008 by James Thornton. As lawyers and environmental experts, they use the law to hold governments and other companies to account over climate change, nature loss and pollution
In 2017, ClientEarth was named the most effective environmental group by green leaders. In 2012 BusinessGreen gave ClientEarth its NGO of the Year award. In 2013 ClientEarth was awarded the Law Society's LSA Award for Excellence in Environmental Responsibility.
In conversation: Rights-based approaches for forest protection initiatives
Diverse perspectives on the development of solid benefit sharing and community contracting
Wednesday 12th May | 10:00 am – 11.30 am (BST) | Via Zoom
Initiatives aimed at tackling the climate crisis increasingly revolve around forest protection actions. These actions are known as nature-based solutions. For these to be successful, it is important that they truly take into account forest communities’ rights, meaningfully involve such communities and bring positive outcomes for their land and livelihoods.
Such approaches transpire from laws applicable in West and Central African countries designed to ensure communities have a say in the way forests are managed. In the Republic of Congo, Gabon, Ghana and Liberia, the law requires logging companies to share benefits with forest communities. This is known as benefit sharing or community contracting.
At this webinar, legal practitioners and civil society representatives from these four countries will reflect on the lessons learned from the design and operation of such schemes and will discuss its application to forest conservation projects.
The speakers at the webinar will be Brian Rohan (ClientEarth), Doreen Asumang-Yeboah (Tropenbos Ghana; Rain), Inès Gady Mvoukani (Comptoir Juridique Junior), Lucia Diana Sonii Gbala (Heritage and Partners Associates) and Olivier Meye Obiang (Brainforest).