Full success for the OFAC side event in Copenhagen


Copenhagen, December 7, 2009: Joint Research Center (European Union) and COMIFAC organized a side-event with the unexpected visit of Mrs Wangari Maathai in the room Monnet  during the COP-15 in Copenhagen.  Around the "REDD issues in the Congo Basin: towards an operational Observatory", the event give a precious occasion for intensive exchanges on innovations and Regional needs of the Congo Basin countries for monitoring and reporting the carbon stocks and fluxes in the forestry sector in Copenhagen.


The Observatory for the Forests of Central Africa (OFAC), an initiative of multiple members of the Congo Basin Forests Partnership (CBFP), aims to pool the knowledge and available data necessary to monitor the ecological, environmental, and social aspects of Central Africa's forests. Its creation follows the formidable information sharing effort that led to the 2006 State of the Forest Report. Concerning the REDD, OFAC is building local capacities for providing robust estimates of forest cover changes and a baseline for the Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation negotiations. A carbon budget for the year 2000 was produced over the entire Congo Basin.


For more information, please consult the official website of the OFAC and the one of the Swedish Presidency of the European Union



Documentation of the OFAC side event at the 15th COP CNUCC: « REDD issues in the Congo Basin - towards an operational Observatory»

7 décembre 2009, 18.00 - 20.00


Programme of the Event




Land cover change in Central Africa and carbon stock implication, Denis Sonwa, CIFOR

Regional needs of the COMIFAC countries for monitoring and reporting the carbon stocks and fluxes,

Martin Tadoum, COMIFAC

The Observatory for Central African Forests (OFAC): A regional platform at the service of forest policies, Philippe Mayaux, European Commission, Joint Research Centre

Forest area changes at national and regional level derived from remote sensing: first estimates between 1990, 2000 and 2005, Pierre Defourny, UCL-Geomatics


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