Lemonde/The Agence Française de développement responds to criticism for delivering Congo’s forests to large concession operators

 

 

A coalition of environmental NGOs are calling on the Central African Forest Initiative to reject French-owned projects underway in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

 

 

Until now, the tug of war between the environmental NGOs and the Initiative for the Forests of Central Africa (CAFI, in English) had played out behind closed doors in technical commissions or in the corridors of parliament. On Wednesday  21 June, it turned into an official matter when a letter was sent to Norwegian Prime Minister, Erna Solberg, asking her to withdraw funding from a project" which could severely degrade the second largest tropical forest in the world located in the Democratic Republic of the Congo [DRC] and release billions of tons of CO2 into the atmosphere."

 

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FSC: Looking back to the FSC General Assembly 2017

 The sustainable development goals (SDO) offer businesses a unique opportunity to engage with making a positive change for people and the planet in a clear and structured way. But what are the business aspects of the objectives? And why FSC should play a role in achieving them? Please click here for more information.

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EU: The Congo Basin: Toward pooling efforts in the fight against the illegal timber trade and illegal logging

In mid-November 2017, the city of Yaoundé hosted a regional conference on illegal logging. The event was supported by the European Union, in the framework of the "Citizens’ Voice for Change: Forest observation in the Congo Basin” Project, an independent forestry observation initiative. It was thus the first gathering of law enforcement authorities and non-State actors to create synergy in actions to tackle illegal activities hampering development in the sector.

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Launch of ECOFAC6 Program (Cameroon component) and RIOFAC project

On 25 October, a meeting to launch the Cameroon component of the ECOFAC6 Program took place alongside the 17th meeting of the Congo Basin Forest Partnership in Douala. This component which will take up 10 billion CFA francs (12.5 million Euros) of the 40 billion earmarked for Central Africa, aims to step up protection of forest ecosystems notably by providing assistance to the Dja and Faro parks, and the Observatory of Central African Forests". For more information on the OFAC support project.

 

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R20 Regions of Climate Action: An opportunity to develop the green economy in Central Africa

During the 17th Meeting of the Parties to the Congo Basin Forest Partnership (CBFP) held in Douala, Cameroon from 24 to 27 October 2017, the R20 regions of Climate Action marked its arrival in the Congo Basin by hosting a side event on 25 October 2017 entitled “R20 regions of Climate Action”: An opportunity to develop the green economy in Central Africa

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9th edition of International Seminar of Secretariat for Environmental Assessment in Central Africa (SEEAC), Brazzaville, 07 to 08 December 2017

The 9th edition of the SEEAC seminar and the 4th edition of the UNESCO-CNEE-SEEAC regional training course will take place in Congo Brazzaville from 07 to 08 December 2017. The seminar aims to recall the role of environmental assessment in the implementation of the national climate programs which are also known as the NDCs, and thus make them important bridges towards sustainable development.

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FAO presents advances in participatory forestry in Central Africa achieved by three projects funded by Global Environment Fund and remaining issues.

In line with the international commitments and policies of Central African States relating to biodiversity conservation and food and nutritional security of people who depend on forest products for their livelihoods, a few Central African countries are taking part in pilot tests aimed at demonstrating the likelihood of participatory management being a viable option towards preserving the functioning, integrity and biodiversity of forest ecosystems in the Congo Basin.

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Nouabalé-Ndoki National Park, Monthly update Octobre 2017

This last month, about 100 fishermen along the Sangha River received training by the Park Management Unit on the construction and use of Chorkor ovens, promoting a fish-smoking technique that maximizes its conservation and helps reducing of harvest rates on fishery resources.

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COP23: Italy and UN Launch Fellowship Programme for Climate Vulnerable Countries

UN Climate Change News, Bonn, Nov 16 – The Government of Italy and UN Climate Change have signed a new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to launch a new Fellowship Programme aimed at strengthening the institutional capacity of the Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) to respond to the challenges arising from climate change.

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CBFP News Archive

2017

Thegef: GEF-7 Replenishment
SEP2D web site launch
GCF: Mainstreaming gender
REFADD prepares for COP 23
CBFP Flash News July 2017
unep: Annual Report 2016
MEFDDE Newsletter, May 2017
greenclimate.fund : Careers
IUCN: Annual report 2016
Infosylva 09/2017
Sixth SGTAPFS meeting
EU Forest Watch April 2017
What is World Water Day?
GCF- Get accredited
IAF and the 2030 Agenda