On 16 May 2017, the city of Libreville hosted the 2nd CBFP Council meeting

 

Please download the Document: HERE

 

 

CBFP results driven governance now operational: The 2nd CBFP Council meeting capitalizes gains, lends credibility to the governance reforms and is actively preparing for the 17th Meeting of Parties of the CBFP

 

 

Libreville (Gabon), 16 May 2017 -The second meeting of the CBFP Council took place. The gathering saw the active participation of representatives of the seven colleges which make up the CBFP namely: 

 

  • The CBFP Regional College: ECCAS, COMIFAC and Gabon
  • The CBFP Civil Society College: REFADD and the Community Rights Network (CRN)
  • The CBFP College of international NGOs: AWF and WWF
  • The CBFP Private Sector College: ATIBT
  • The CBFP Donors’ College: The EU and the US
  • The CBFP Scientific and Academic College: CIRAD and UCLA
  • The CBFP College of multilateral actors: FAO and GVTC

 

Some of these college representatives were accompanied by advisers.  The meeting drew close to 40 participants with a noteworthy turn out of the CBFP regional college.

 

The CBFP Council Meeting  was chaired by Mr Anders Henriksson,  the European Union CBFP Facilitator and graced by the effective presence of Her Excellency Madam Estelle Ondo, Minister of Forest Economy, Fisheries and the Environment responsible for the Protection and Sustainable Management of the Forest Resources of Gabon.

 

Speaking at the opening, Mr. Henrikson welcomed the participants and thanked Gabon for the warm welcome extended to them. He then introduced the Minister, inviting her to deliver her speech. In her statement, she welcomed the participants to Gabon on behalf of the Prime Minister, Head of Government, Mr Emmanuel Issoze Ngondet. The Minister also welcomed the enthusiasm and commitment of partners from all walks of life to preserve the forest areas which help maintain the global climate balance.

 

 

She once more hailed the establishment of the CBFP and reaffirmed Gabon’s willingness to support efforts to improve its efficiency. Stressing the relevance of the sub-regional institutional architecture, the Minister highlighted the issues facing the Congo Basin States as they address the new challenges related to these institutions. In this vein, she pointed out that each stakeholder in the sustainable management of forest resources must make robust contributions to build up a significant common effort that will prompt genuine change.

 

 

Mr Henriksson presented a follow-up report on the activities of the EU CBFP Facilitation, highlighting the status of implementation of CBFP governance reform, as well as the prospects offered with regards to the recommendations from the 16th Meeting of the Parties in Kigali, Rwanda. He stressed the need for the CBFP to draw up a list of medium term priorities which he summarized in a draft document put together by the EU CBFP Facilitation, reflecting the CBFP colleges’ comments on the proposed list of priorities.

 

 

Following lively deliberations, the participants agreed on the one hand on the content of the CBFP’s medium term priorities (2018-2022) as well as on the framing, the principle of annual priorities arising therefrom, on the other hand. They further agreed on the format, structure and content of the 17th CBFP Meeting of the Parties, stressing the need to reduce number of streams which would drop from 5 to 3 and the number of days of the Meeting of the Parties of the CBFP from 5 to 4days.

 

 

In this regard, it is safe to say that the establishment of new informal structures within the CBFP: Colleges and council and MOP help foster dialogue and useful exchanges between the CBFP partners as they strive to cope with the growing challenges facing the Congo Basin forests. In other words, they significantly enhance dialogue between the partners, by providing greater opportunity for the whole diverse range of partners to share their views.

 

 

In fact, these structures promote the emergence of converging views on the main issues related to the protection and sustainable management of these forests, while reducing the burden on the Facilitation.   This is borne out in the CBFP medium term priorities document as well as the guidelines for the organization of the 17th MoP of CBFP.

 

 

For reference:

Go back

CBFP News

Forestworldmagazine: Timbeter, the new app for wood measurements. Timbeter, the new App for measuring wood volume.

The volume measurement of wood on the field has always been approximated and handmade process and either it was given by the professional’s skill and experience or it was a long and rather tedious process because it must to be done for each of the logs the pile, using different formulas and making tis process quite complicated. So either we had an approximate measure of the total volume or we lost too much time in this process or efficiency decreases and production costs greatly increase.

Read more …

Sciencedaily: Limited scope of corporate sustainability revealed

The first large-scale analysis of corporate practices for sourcing sustainable materials shows that many companies address sustainability at some level, but most deal with only one or a subset of materials within a small portion of their supply chain.

Read more …

Forestpeoples: FPP and partners launch new report and web portal for rights-based approaches and community solutions to tackling deforestation and supply chain accountability

FPP's new portal aims to inform governments, businesses and others developing policies, standards and initiatives to reform global supply chains, by platforming case studies, publications and statements from communities across Africa, Asia, and South America on rights-based solutions to tackling deforestation.

Read more …

Nouabalé-Ndoki National Park Monthly update

This month, the park experienced a dramatic surge in poaching! Two major poaching events were detected. Ten poached elephants carcasses discovered in the park and its periphery, a number that is stupefying to us all.

Read more …

Gabon Government launch of the Gabon WoodShow 2018

The Minister marked the agreement of the President of Gabonese Republic, Ali Bongo Ondimba to organize Gabon WoodShow from June 20 to 22, 2018 in Libreville, Gabon.

 

Read more …

EU Forest Watch 232 - February 2018

What does 2018 hold in store for climate and forests? In 2018, the EU and other countries will have an opportunity to ramp up climate action – but they must take meaningful steps in various international fora to seize it by protecting and restoring natural forests and their potential to cool the climate.

Read more …

World Pangolin Day 2018 WORLD PANGOLIN DAY 2018.Date: 17 February 2018.

World Pangolin Day is an opportunity for pangolin enthusiasts to join together in raising awareness about these unique mammals — and their plight. Pangolin numbers are rapidly declining in Asia and Africa.

Read more …

IUCN: Elephants slaughtered at the RFBL

Large-scale poachers (particularly in search of ivory to meet huge demand on the illicit market) have struck again early in 2018 in the Binder Léré Wildlife Reserve (RFBL) located in West Mayo-Kebbi ( Léré and binder Divisions) leaving behind heavy casualties. For the time being, the death toll stands at 19 elephants whose carcasses were identified from 18 and 30 January 2018.

Read more …

CBFP News Archive

2018