Independent Monitoring of Forest Law Enforcement and Governance
Through Forest Legality, Environmental Governance and Trade (FLEGT)
projects in timber producing countries, we have been supporting
mandated and external Independent Monitors in the development of
methodologies and their implementation so that the most severe forest
infractions can be detected and documented with strong evidence
giving civil society information credibility. This project is funded
by the Forest
Governance, Markets and Climate 2015 Grants round.
REM aims to facilitate more credible FLEGT working mechanisms in
Africa and the development and improvement of EUTR implementation
procedures. This project funded by the EU
ACP FLEGT programme will support the implementation of Independent
Monitoring by national organisations, increase the credibility of
EUTR Competent Authorities , and field test new law enforcement
and monitoring tools using vehicle tracking technology (2014-2014).
The REM monitoring team has undertaken over 80 missions in the
Cameroonian forests, documenting illegal activities as well as strengths
and weaknesses in forest law enforcement and governance, to promote
in-depth systems improvements. Our latest analylsis of is available
in our 2005-2009 report : "Progress
in tackling illegal logging in Cameroon". Click
here for an English summary of the project
You can access our REM
IM-FLEG Cameroon Website for detailed information on our work
Following two scoping missions, Capacity building in the Congo
Basin and Independent Monitoring of Forest Law Enforcement in Congo
Brazzaville has started in 2007 in collaboration with Forests
Monitor and the Centre
for Education and Development. Our first
annual report will provide you with information on law enforcement
systems in Congo Brazzaville. You can also view project's
objectives and reports on illegal logging
Look at our REM IM-FLEG
Congo website for more information
Following discussions with the Liberian government, REM was invited
to conduct a scoping mission in Liberia to assess the feasibility
of an independent monitoring project.
REM met representatives of civil society, government, international
donors and organised a workshop on IM-FLEG. Read the full report
IM-FLEG missions Tanzania
REM has completed a new scoping mission
in Tanzania in October 2009 and the report is now available.
It followed on from a previous mission
in June 2006. Both missions identified key issues related to
forest exploitation and possible added value of independent monitoring
of forest law enforcement and governance.
On 1 December 2010, REM was appointed Independent Monitor of Forest
Law Enforcement and Governance in DRC for a duration of 25 months.
Click here for access
to the project's website in French .
Previously, in October 2004, REM studied the process of converting
old forest titles into forest logging concession contracts and provided
Recommendations for the Independent
Observer of the review of old forest licences, October 04
(Recommandations pour L'Observateur
Indépendant de la conversion des anciennes licences forestières,
oct 04 )
A collaboration between Rainforest
Rescue International (RRI) and REM aims to encourage good governance
in the fisheries sector in Sri Lanka, with a special focus on tuna
fisheries. This pilot project was designed to assess and develop
the role of civil society. Over the 18 months of the project, RRI
and REM have worked together to build an independent monitoring
model that could make a real progress towards the following objective.
Click here for more information
REM experts are currently discussing possibilitities for trial
joint inspections in several African and Asian countries.
Guide on mapping technologies and techniques for use at community level
REM has edited a resource guide on mapping technologies and techniques,
aiming to support indigenous communities in mapping and monitoring their
territories. REM transfers its skills to build local capacity and national
ownership of the monitoring process.
On the job training supporting government officials
We aim to build national ownership of the improved implementation of
procedures and legislation. Where possible, we undertake joint investigations
with government officials where we share all our investigative techniques,
technical support and data analysis.
REM supports the development of
new Independent Monitoring projects to increase governance and transparency
in natural resource sectors and compliance in the extraction of the resource
We have the in-house technical and analytical capacity to produce targeted
GIS maps. We have produced various outputs supporting international organisations
in their own documentary and monitoring efforts.
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