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Indigenous Youngs and Climate Change in DRCongo
Type: Information resource or centre
Geographical coverage: Regional - country
Country: Democratic Republic of the Congo
Implementing Entity: Jeunes Volontaires de Grands Lacs pour l\'Environnement
Language: English
Cost: unspecified

The Democratic Republic of Congo, making part of countries of the basin of Congo with 60% of forests of this basin, and preserving thus, the second world lung of rainforests of the planet after the Amazonia in Central America. The DRCongo overflows 145 millions hectares of forest, contributing a lot to the struggle against the climate change and the global ecological balance. The main occupants of these forests are the IPs, and play a great role in the forest management and preservation. The indigenous are composed with over 60% of Youngs aged less than 25 years and many of them contribute enormously in the family activities such as energy, water, and forest provide foods, energy, medicine,Ö Theirs territories and forests represent for them an economic resource. For them, forests are the life and have a total spiritual value for theirs communities. They are fundamental for our social, cultural, spiritual, economic survival and politics as distinctive peoples and they must save it for the daily life. They are managing forests since many decades; Youth is the strength of the society and play a great role in the socioeconomic activities as building, cooking, health, defense and others. The interest of Indigenous Youngs on forest stays in the interaction between the environment and their daily activities, forests are the part of their life.

Last year I was leading with others Congolese researchers and administrating a questionnaire on socioeconomic vulnerabilities of forests communities on climate change in Central Africa (Congo Basin Forests) with the CoFCCA (Congo Forest and Climate Change Adaptation) project leaded by Center for International Forestry Research and I had the chance to travel through four regions of my country-DRCongo where are located IPs and others communities. I was meeting many forests communities and indigenous peoples, and particularly Youngs and we have discussed on their role in the environmental protection and forest management. I understood that indigenous youngs play a great role in the forest management through their daily activities even if their communities use the woods for their home, energy and the cooking, the forests stay intact and continue to play their role of Earth lung. The necessity to save the forest is a must, and the indigenous Youngs and communities endeavor toward it.

Indigenous Peoples (Bantus or pygmies) are the first people who occupied the Africa forest, there are native of these forests, Since (many decades) the IPs occupy forests, they was manage it well for their well-being, future generation, because it their life depends on it, and since few years the IPCC produce a synthesis report on climate change, that stipulate, peoples from developing countries and forests are vulnerable on climate change. Indigenous Peoples are more the touched by the climate change by reason of their complex relation with the earth and the environment.

As someone ignore it, forest is in their immediate environment where the indigenous peoples to acquire the food security, means of traditional subsistence and knowledge, well-being and as well as their deep-rooted cultural integrity in their consequences the ancestral climatic change earths put the real problems that affect the indigenous peoples of subsistence, customary management of resources, and ecological cycle and the durability. The climate change affects the capacity of Indigenous Youngs to satisfy their needs; they are unemployed and suffering with illiteracy while many projects are funded to preserve the Congo Basin forests without benefit of these funds while play a great role in the forest protection and preservation.

Iím coordinate an organization-YOUNGS VOLUNTEERS OF GREATS LAKES FOR ENVIRONMENT in French JEVOGRALE that aim to educate, sensitize and mobilize youngs in environment protection and preservation, to empower them and defend the rights of indigenous youngs. We would like to lead the projects that include Youngs who live nearby forests, National Parks and in the forests. We are looking for funds from different organizations