Fern-The CoNGOs project partners discuss a new paradigm for community forestry at the meeting of the CBFP parties in Douala.
At the 17th annual Meeting of Parties of the Congo Basin Forest Partnership (CBFP) in Douala, Cameroon, Fern organised a side event on inclusive forest management in the Congo Basin. The event offered the chance to reflect on the role of community forestry in improving forest and climate governance, based on experiences in the sub-region, in collaboration with partners from the CoNGOs project i.e. the Centre for Environment and Development (Centre pour l'Environnement et le Développement, CED), Cameroon; the Forum for Governance and Human Rights (Forum pour la Gouvernance et les Droits de l’Homme, FGDH), Congo; and the Centre for Environmental Information and Sustainable Development (Centre pour l’Information Environnementale et le Développement Durable, CIEDD), Central African Republic.
The meeting’s overall objective was to improve understanding of the relationship between community forestry and forest and climate governance, by considering the areas dedicated to community forestry as places with the potential both to strengthen forest governance from a ‘landscape’ perspective and to protect the rights of local and indigenous communities. Partners from the CoNGOs project and Climate Analytics presented reports, which led to valuable discussions. The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) was given the floor to highlight the challenges related to a decade of implementing community forestry in Cameroon.
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