Effective from: September 2017
Duration of Contract: 2 years
Reporting to: Head of Programmes
GIS and Database Coordinator (line-management), GIS and Database Officer
Close working relationship with: staff and consultants in the Programmes Team, Head of Media and Communications, Executive Director.
The Rainforest Foundation UK
The mission of the Rainforest Foundation UK (RFUK) is to support indigenous peoples and traditional populations of the world’s rainforest to:
Secure and control the natural resources necessary for their long-term wellbeing and managing these resources in ways which do not harm their environment, violate their culture or compromise their future.
Develop means to protect their individual and collective rights and to obtain, shape and control basic services from the state.
RFUK considers that an essential first step to protect and manage the tropical forests and to reduce poverty in tropical forest countries is to realise the rights of the traditional and indigenous communities who live in those forests. With secure rights to land and livelihoods, forest peoples can effectively manage forest resources and direct and manage their own development. Founded in 1989, RFUK has over the past 27 years built a solid body of work based on this rights-based approach to development and protection of the rainforest. Although our work is focused on the Congo Basin, where RFUK has worked since 1996, we also work in the Peruvian Amazon.
RFUK tackles the underlying causes of deforestation, linked to the problems of disenfranchisement of indigenous forest peoples globally and locally. From the field to the international policy arena, RFUK reinforces the active participation of forest peoples in the decisions that affect them. We work with over 15 partner organisations in tropical forest countries and our programme work is split into the following thematic areas:
Threats to forests from the extractive industries, infrastructure development and agro-industrial expansion;
Conservation effectiveness and monitoring of initiatives to reduce deforestation from deforestation and degradation (REDD);
Community-based forest management, land-use planning and tenure reform;
Community mapping and forest monitoring;
Indigenous peoples’ rights.
RFUK currently has 28 staff, with a number of volunteers or interns at any given time. It is governed by a Board of seven Trustees. The London-based Foundation is part of a network of sister organisations, which also include the Rainforest Foundation US and the Rainforest Foundation Norway. The Programmes Team The Programmes Team at the Rainforest Foundation UK is one of three teams in the organisation and is the main team responsible for the implementation of our projects under the themes cited above. RFUK community mapping, land use planning and monitoring work RFUK implements a community mapping and monitoring strategy that aims at scaling-up and diversifying the role of geo-technologies in land and forest governance making them
ever more responsive to community needs and embedded in policy processes. As part of this strategy, in close collaboration with civil society organisations and government agencies, RFUK has been developing and undertaking participatory mapping in the Congo Basin for 15 years for supporting indigenous and traditional communities in their efforts to fulfil their rights to land and livelihood. RFUK has developed advanced methodologies based on
RFUK has developed advanced methodologies based on geo-spatial technologies enabling communities to record data about their lands and development needs at a significantly greater accuracy at scale. In 2011, RFUK launched the MappingForRights platform which brings together expertise in the fields of participatory mapping, geo-spatial technologies and policy development concerned with community and indigenous land rights and improved forest governance in the Congo Basin.
RFUK launched a regional MappingForRights project in April 2016 that aims at empowering stakeholders in the Congo Basin to use community mapping data and the MappingForRights platform to inform community forest development and other land and forest related policy processes such as land use planning. Building on this mapping work, RFUK has developed a specific methodology for community land use planning that has been tested in Cameroon and DRC. Following this test phase, RFUK is currently implementing two projects in those countries. In 2015 RFUK has successfully developed and tested a ground-breaking new system, named ForestLink, which enables communities anywhere in the world to capture and transmit accurately geo-referenced reports of forest illegalities to a central database in real-time, even from areas where there is no mobile phone or internet connectivity. ForestLink is currently piloted in four countries (Peru, Cameroon, DRC, Ghana). Building on the MappingForRights initiative in the Congo Basin, RFUK together with the Rainforest Foundations US and Norway undertook a global assessment into the feasibility of establishing a pan-tropical online interactive mapping facility of forest peoples’ lands (TFCMI). The consultation of more than 70 indigenous organisations and NGOs showed there is significant and urgent demand for the kind of tools developed under MappingForRights to support territorial claims, management and defence. On this basis and supporting technical and legal assessments, we have now designed and are now seeking support to develop a system which enables representative community and indigenous peoples’ structures to establish their own mapping platform. RFUK’s community mapping and monitoring initiative has been awarded a
UNFCCC Momentum for Change Award in 2016.
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