Final Communiqué of the Forest Governance Forum
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The Regional Forum on Forest Governance (FGF) was held from 30-31 October 2018 in the Mbé room of the Ledger Hotel in Brazzaville, under the patronage of the Prime Minister, Head of Government of the Republic of Congo. This event is the first of its kind for the CV4C project, but the 11th in a series of similar international conferences organised within the framework of the Centre for International Development and Training (CIDT)’s previous Strengthening African Forest Governance (SAFG) project and the EU-Championing Forest People’s Rights (CFPR) project.
The Forum was organised in collaboration with the Kingdom of Belgium, as facilitator of the Congo Basin Forest Partnership (CBFP) within the framework of the implementation of the CBFP Facilitation Roadmap on Forest Governance, REDD + and Land Use components respectively, with a view of preparing the 18th High-Level Meeting of CBFP Parties to be held in Brussels from 27 to 28 November 2018.
The Forum received financial support from the CV4C project, co-funded by the European Union and the UK’s Department for International Development (DfID). 300 participants from the Congo Basin countries, civil society organisations, international organisations, donors, representatives from research institutions and private sector organisations were present .
Her Excellency Mrs. Rosalie Matondo, Minister of Forest Economy of the Republic of Congo was present during the opening ceremony.
The opening ceremony was highlighted by five speeches: those of the Chair of the Board of Directors of CAGDF, the representative of the University of Wolverhampton, the Deputy Executive Secretary of COMIFAC, the representative of the European Union Delegation, and the opening speech of Her Excellency the Minister of Forest Economy of the Republic of Congo.
In his introductory speech, Mr. Grégoire KOUFFA, Chair of the Board of Directors of CAGDF in his capacity, and on behalf of all members of the Sustainable Forest Management Support Circle, expressed his sincere thanks to the Authorities of the Republic of Congo in general, and to the President of the Republic of Congo, His Excellency Mr. Denis SASSOU NGUESSO in particular, for his proven leadership on environmental issues. He also thanked the Government and its Leaders including Mr. Clement MOUAMBA, represented by Mrs. Rosalie MATONDO, Minister of Forest Economy. He stated that this event is the first of its kind for “Citizen Voices for Change” (CV4C) project, but the 11th in a series of similar international conferences organised under the auspices of the Centre for International Development and Training (CIDT), with previous projects such as "Strengthening African Forest Governance” (SAFG) and the EU-CFPR project. The CV4C project, co-financed by the European Union and the DfID, is being implemented in Cameroon, the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Gabon and the Republic of Congo through the Sustainable Forest Management Support Circle(CAGDF).
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