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
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Douala, Cameroon, 16 - 17 May 2019
- 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.
- This meeting aimed to make progress in the concrete implementation of the recommendations of the N'Djamena international conference of ministers, through the adoption of a logical framework based on five strategic axes relating respectively to (1) bilateral and/or multilateral legal agreements, (2) protected areas management systems, (3) regulation of transhumance and (4) anti- poaching measures, (5) communication strategies relating to protected areas at regional level. The methodological approach adopted consisted in dividing the experts into three geographical blocks in order to facilitate the identification of specific problems and the actions to be taken to address them at the local, national, transboundary and regional levels;
- The experts will also propose a strategy aimed at establishing a regional monitoring and political steering mechanism for actions dealing with security/protected areas/pastoralism interactions.
- It is organized with the financial and technical support of the Kingdom of Belgium Facilitation Consortium of the CBFP, namely: the German Ministry of Cooperation and Development (BMZ), the European Union (DEVCO), and Belgium;
- Placed under the supervision/Presidency of His Excellency Mr. Jules Doret Ndongo, Minister of Forestry and Wildlife of Cameroon, current COMIFAC Chairperson, this meeting brought together representatives of the following concerned countries: Cameroon, Niger, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Sudan, Southern Sudan and Chad. Also attending were the following regional organizations: ECCAS, COMIFAC, OCFSA, IGAD, CBHVIRA, GABAC and technical and financial partners dedicated to wildlife conservation and anti-poaching issues, as well as Civil Society Organizations.
- The deliberations of the meeting of experts were structured around the following
- The opening ceremony
- The technical session of Experts
- Resolutions and recommendations
- The conclusion
1- The Opening Ceremony
The opening ceremony was punctuated by four speeches by the following personalities:
- The welcome address of Facilitator of the Congo Basin Forest Partnership (CBFP), H.E. François-Xavier de Donnea, Minister of State of the Kingdom of Belgium
- A word from the Minister of Water and Forestry, Hunting and Fisheries of the Central African Republic, His Excellency Amit IDRISS
- Speech by the ECCAS Deputy Secretary General, Her Excellency Mrs MFOULA Marie Thérèse Chantal
- Opening speech of His Excellency Mr Jules Doret Ndongo, Minister of Forestry and Wildlife of Cameroon, COMIFAC Serving Chairperson.
This was followed by the presentation and adoption of the agenda of the meeting by all the participants after amendments.
This session continued with the setting up of the workshop bureau, which is composed as follows:
Chairperson: Mr NYONGWEN Joseph, Secretary General of the Ministry of Forestry and Wildlife of Cameroon;
1st Vice-president: Mr ABDRAMANE CHAIBO HAMID, Director of Conservation, Wildlife and Protected Areas of Chad;;
2nd Vice-president Mr MAMAN Ibrahim, Technical Advisor to the Minister of Environment of Niger;;
Major General AGURU MAMBA Maurice, Commander of the Corps in charge of the Security of National Parks and Related Natural Reserves of the DRC;
Mr ZACKARIA TABAN, Park Warden, Lantoto National Park, South Sudan
Mr MUBANGO Emmanuel, Director of Legal Affairs and Communication.
The Technical Secretariat was held by the CBFP Facilitation, ECCAS, COMIFAC, OCFSA, IGAD, GABAC and IUCN.
This session ended with a family photograph.
2- THE TECHNICAL SESSION OF EXPERTS
This technical session began with keynote presentations aimed at providing an overview at regional level (presented respectively by UNESCO, WCS and IGAD) and at national level (presented respectively by experts from Cameroon, Niger, CAR, DRC, Sudan, Chad, ECCAS and IGAD). OFAC then presented a map of the three geographical blocks, as well as aspects relating to data monitoring. Finally, each leader presented an inventory of their block (GIZ for the West block, WCS for the Central block and APN for the East block). At the end of these presentations, three working groups following the geographical blocks were set up to make amendments to the logical framework.
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