Conclusions from the second CarboAfrica open science conference in Pointe-Noire (Republic of Congo)


Pointe-Noire (Republic of Congo), 17-19 March 2010 - was held the second open science conference organized by CarboAfrica project on the topic: "Towards a biophysical quantification of carbon stock in Africa and perspectives for REDD and CDM". This conference was an opportunity for knowledge improvement of researchers in quantification, comprehension and prediction of the cycle of carbon, and other Greenhouse Gases effect (GHG) in sub-Saharan Africa.


While reminding the reason of the conference which is of great value, His Excellency André Ossebi, Minister of Research of Congo raised the potential position of sub-Saharan Africa as a whole and the Congo Basin in particular to be carrying a leadership as regards scientific answer to a certain number of questions that the people are raising on climate warnings, carbon sequestration; questions having an direct impact on the future of our planet. Thus, His Excellency Ossebi laid emphasis on the particular role of courageous answers from the institutions so that Africa does no more seek for help , but brings the scientific answers by mutualizing its expertise with that of the researchers coming from the whole world.

(Photograph - opening ceremony  @CarboAfrica).



Following this opening ceremony, the conference continued in plenary debate with many communications and presentations. The participants listened to talks  focused on the topics namely: (1) Impact of vegetation fires on African GHG budget; (2) Terrestrial Carbon Observations in Africa and Ecosystem fluxes; (3) Soil and Vegetation: Carbon and GHGs emissions in Africa (4) Biogeochemical Modeling; (5) CDM and REDD in Africa; and (6) Demonstration projects and developing capacities in Africa. All These sessions were co-chaired by a Congolese Researcher from DGRST. As outcome from the presentations, a poster session was organized on issues that allowed participants to intensively exchanges and  fully embrace biophysical carbon quantification in Africa and perspectives for REDD and CDM.


At the end of the conference, a field visit at the local scientific measuring stations of CarboAfrica further enhanced the intensive and more dynamic exchanges between participants during two days from Saturday to Sunday, 20-21 March 2010.


Please download:


The List of abstracts (18 pages)


For more details, view the workshop's documentation here


In press:


Dépêches de Brazzaville, March 26th, 2010: CarboAfrica Project:  Researchers in Seminar in Pointe-Noire


For further information, please kindly contact or or or



Participants at the Pointe-Noire CarboAfrica Open Science conference (17-19 March 2010  - @CarboAfrica


List of Participants


Go back


CITES-“Sustaining all life on Earth” announced as theme of World Wildlife Day 2020

The Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) announced today the theme of United Nations World Wildlife Day 2020: “Sustaining all life on Earth”. The year 2020, known as a “biodiversity super year”, will host several major global events that place biodiversity at the forefront of the global sustainable development agenda.

Read more …

Forests play a key role in tackling climate change

This briefing note from Coordination SUD and Fern analyses the issues we need to address to ensure forests help deliver tropical forested countries’ Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs). This includes respect for communities’ rights and preserving their livelihoods, protecting and restoring biodiversity, and improved forest governance. Tackling these challenges will require effective civil society participation.

Read more …

Cbd-Zero Draft of the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework published by the Secretariat

The Open-Ended Working Group on the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework has been tasked with advancing preparations for the development of the post-2020 global biodiversity framework. It is expected that this process will culminate in the adoption of a post-2020 global biodiversity framework by the Conference of the Parties to the CBD, at the UN Biodiversity Conference in 2020 in Kunming, China as a stepping stone towards achieving the 2050 Vision of “Living in harmony with nature".

Read more …

Ecozona-The Screaming Forest: An Ecocritical Assessment of Le Cri de la forêt

From a postcolonial ecocritical standpoint, this essay analyzes the play Le Cri de la forêt (2015) co-authored by Henri Djombo, a cabinet minister from Congo-Brazzaville, and Osée Colin Koagne, a stage director and environmental activist from Francophone Cameroon. Mindful of the rich biodiversity of the Congo Basin where the playwrights originate, the essay interrogates why the forest in the play is screaming and moves on to engage with related ecological questions such as the scapegoating of witchcraft and doubtful traditional beliefs amidst climate change.

Read more …

FERN: Five EU forest trends to watch out for in 2020 & Save the Date - February 2020 (Brussels)

In 2019, forests and forest peoples’ rights rose up the global political – and spiritual - agenda, and the EU made high profile commitments to protect forests abroad and at home as part of their European Green Deal.  But will 2020 see such commitments turned into action? Here are five questions we hope to give positive answers to at the end of the year...

Read more …

Overview and analyses of key national policies, strategies and action plans relevant to deforestation, child and forced labour, and smallholder inclusion in Cameroon

The overarching objective of this study is to identify laws and policies on deforestation, child labour, force labour and smallholder inclusion in Cameroon, and analyze how these policies support the private sector to align with the sustainable production of timber, palm oil, cocoa and rubber. This review clearly demonstrates that both government and private sector can achieve targets of curbing deforestation and ensuring effective respect of human rights along the supply chains of the selected commodities.

Read more …

Statement on the situation of wildlife in the Congo Basin (and in Cameroon in particular) - Resolving Conservation Conflicts in West/Central African Protected Areas

The statement is the outcome of a meeting of various CBFP partners at the Congo Basin Institute in Yaounde:  ...We are a group of scientists, including faculty members from respected universities in Cameroon and abroad, representatives of protected areas management units, law enforcement organisations (LAGA), rangers, and international organisations (TRAFFIC, WWF). In October 2019, we met in Yaoundé to assess the current status of conservation in the country and discuss ways forward to solve what we consider to be a conservation crisis...

Read more …

Final Communiqué of the Experts’ Meeting to Follow up on the N’Djamena Conference on The Sahel-Congo Basin Roadmap on the Operational Implementation of the N'Djamena Declaration Synthesis

The Kingdom of Belgium Facilitation of the Congo Basin Forest Partnership (CBFP), in close collaboration with the Central African Forest Commission (COMIFAC) and the Government of the Republic of Cameroon, hosted from 16 to 17 December 2019 in Douala, Cameroon, the Experts’ Meeting for the follow up of the International conference on Security, Poaching, Transhumance Management and the Movements of Armed Groups between the Sahel and Equatorial Africa.

Read more …

CBFP News Archive