Centre for Environment and Development

The Centre for Environment and Development (CED) was created in 1995 with the specific aim of realizing sustainable management of Central Africa’s forests. CED was created to counter the rising threats to forests observed during the 1990s, and situates itself firmly within the local context (where forest destruction takes place, and where its impacts are felt most strongly among communities), as well as the national level (the seat of decision making that leads to or legitimizes deforestation and the dispossession of local peoples). CED also works on the international level where decisions are made affecting the forests and lives of millions of people. 

CED’s vision: A society in which natural resource management (over forests, oil, mines, and land) ensures lasting social, economic and environmental sustainability. 

CED’s mission: To contribute to the protection of indigenous and local communities’ rights, interests, culture and aspirations in Central Africa, by promoting environmental justice and sustainable natural resource management throughout the region.

CED has taken up the role of watchdog, scrutinizing all actors’ initiatives, processes, policies and practices, with an eye to their effectiveness in protecting forests’ essential functions and services, and in recognizing communities’ rights. Extending beyond this role, CED works to explore alternatives to dominant models, and defines its strategy according to three terms and conforming to an earth-friendly strategy: Mobilization (as a means of legitimizing our actions in the quest for sustainability), Resistance (to unsustainable methods of natural resource management) and Transformation (by finding solutions to reach sustainability).

For more information, visit the CED website.