Durban 2015 World Forestry Congress: The Congo Basin rallies support, is at the heart of deliberations at Congress



The 14th World Forestry Congress 2015 in Durban (South Africa), which meets every six years, was held for the first time in Africa from September 7 to 11, 2015.  The congress was entitled: "Forests and people: investing in a sustainable future". A special day was devoted to the challenges confronting Africa. The Congress also coincides with the release of the FAO's Global Forest Resources Assessments report.


Central Africa through the Central African Forest Commission (COMIFAC) gathered in a 36 m2  pavilion divided into three sections: COMIFAC documents, non-timber forest products and publications of CBFP partners within COMIFAC.  In addition to showcasing products, the COMIFAC pavilion was used to host partners for in-depth consultations. It is noteworthy that the Congo Basin's non-timber forest products were strong attractions which drew all the participants visiting the exhibition center in Durban.



In addition to the Pavilion, COMIFAC successfully organized four high-level side events...


CMF - WFC 2015: COMIFAC - PPECF - Session 2: "Enhancing forest governance in Central Africa" - Tuesday, September 8, 7:45 p.m. -9:00p.m. at the "Coast of Dreams, Exhibition Center


CMF 2015 - COMIFAC Side event in collaboration with JICA and GIZ: "Integrated forest management and monitoring in Central Africa" on Wednesday 09/09/2015 from 7:45 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. in Mystrals Lower room , Exhibition Center


CFM – WFC 2015:  COMIFAC-CIFOR  side event: Session 1: Forests and climate change in Central Africa - Monday, September 07, 2015, 12:45 p.m.- 2:15 p.m.


COMIFAC-FAO:2015 World Forestry Congress: Side event on forests for food security and nutrition in Central Africa - Wednesday, September 9, 2015 from 12:45 PM to 2:15 PM


In addition, CIRAD hosted  two other side events to finetune the Forest Memento. Also, the Congo Basin countries, and COMIFAC took part in the Third Forum of the Standing Committee on Finance


At the end of the Congress, participants made recommendations, including strong resolutions in view of the United Nations COP 21 climate conference slated for December in Paris.




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Communications and Liaison Officer for the Congo Basin Forest Partnership (CBFP)



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