15th Meeting of CBFP partners: The European Union, new CBFP Facilitator
Please download the final declaration of the 15th Meeting of CBFP partners: Here
Such was the main announcement made by the Ambassador and Head of the European Union Delegation in Cameroon, during the 15th Meeting of Partners of the Congo Basin Forest Partnership (CBFP) which took place from June 15 to 19, 2015, in Yaounde, Cameroon with financial support from the governments of Norway, Cameroon, the United States, Germany, France and technical support from the IUCN.
Themed "Congo Basin ecosystems : natural capital, producers of economic value and drivers of green growth for the well-being of its populations", the meeting drew nearly 600 participants from five continents, representing international organizations for nature conservation and protection, donors, civil society and indigenous organizations, the media, ECCAS and COMIFAC governments, and sub-regional organizations like COMIFAC and CEFDHAC.
Over five days, participants developed strategies towards more efficient coordination, mobilization and concerted action for sustainable management of Congo basin forests, through the thematic sessions featured on the agenda of this 15th CBFP MOP, namely:
- Ecosystem services - Stream 1
- Conservation, Wildlife and Bush meat - Central theme: "Conservation and sustainable use of wildlife" "How to optimize complementarity?" - Stream 2
- "Forest law enforcement and good governance in a context of juxtaposition of uses - Stream 3
- "Climate and REDD+: Building up to Paris: Opportunity and challenges for Central Africa" - Stream 4
- "Green Economies and Creating Conditions for Growth" - Stream 5
- Sustainable Financing - Stream 6.
At the end of the group sessions, recommendations were made to regional institutions, CBFP partners, to the new Facilitation as well as the participants. They are available on the CBFP web site at the link below.
An extraordinary session was included in the agenda to discuss the continuity of commitments of Congo Basin partners. The session, moderated by the European Union and chaired by the Minister of Forestry and Wildlife of Cameroon, laid emphasis on the recommendations below:
- An inventory should be made of commitments of the CBFP's technical and financial partners to ease monitoring of effects and impacts of interventions;
- Strengthen synergies and effort pooling for better coordination of technical and financial partners’ interventions;
- Encourage CBFP partners to align with the COMIFAC Convergence Plan;
- Hold special meetings between COMIFAC and CBFP (financial partners) to identify joint actions to be undertaken.
Furthermore the 15th MOP hosted the Central African Protected Areas Days (Congo Basin Parks Congress); capacity building sessions for civil society and the media, revamping of the Organization for the Conservation of Wildlife in Africa (OCFSA), the Sangha Tri-national (TNS), the Dja-Odzala Minkebe Tri-national (TRIDOM). Also, nine participants were presented with Excellence Awards by Her Excellency, Mrs. Cynthia AKUETTEH, U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Gabon and the Democratic Republic of Sao Tome and Principe.
For further details on the meeting, kindly download the document below: