Compilation of articles and publications (ICRAF/FSC/World Bank/ FAO/WCS/ETFRN/IDH)

 

1. Valentina Robiglio; Serge Ngendakumana; Jim Gockowski; Martin Yemefack (December 2010): Reducing Emissions from All Land Uses in Cameroon, ICRAF – ASB (Partnership for the Tropical Forest Margins), Final Report


The first release of this publication coincided with the Cancun COP 16th December 2010 where several copies were shared to many actors. The concept of Reducing Emissions from All Land Uses (REALU) takes roots in the global landscape approach to propose going beyond forests by integrating other sources of emissions. The present document as final report of the project pays specific attention to the interactions between forest carbon stocks, other carbon stocks affected by land use, the major drivers of land-use and forest change, and the livelihoods of the hundreds of millions of people whose actions shape these changes. The project is implemented by the ASB Partnership for the Tropical Forest Margins in collaboration with local and international research partners in eight countries: Indonesia, Philippines, China, Nepal, Vietnam, Cameroon, Peru and Tanzania. Read the report…

 

2. Frequently asked questions - Top 10 questions about FSC


Please find in this document, the top 10 questions about FSC: 1. There are so many labels. Why should I buy FSC? What others say about FSC? What is the Forest Stewardship Council? What is the problem and what solutions does FSC offer? Why should I become FSC certified? Who makes the FSC rules? What changes do FSC rules require foresters to make? Who can become an FSC Member? Why was FSC created? How is FSC funded? Read more…

 

3. Eric Tollens (June 2010): Potential Impacts of Agriculture Development on the Forest Cover in the Congo Basin, World Bank

 

This document presents two scenarios which are developed for agriculture/livestock development over the next 10-15 years. The first one is "continuation" or business as usual, whereby food imports from the world market increase each year, including animal products, particularly rice, wheat, sugar and palm oil. Agricultural production will increase every year but only at about half the rate of population growth. Under the "Maputo scenario", a gradual transition will occur from shifting cultivation to permanent agriculture, relying on agro-forestry practices and integrated soil fertility management, with tree crops such as cocoa, coffee, rubber, oil palm, and fruit trees as important cash crops. The choice between both scenarios is very much a political choice, and repeated food crises, which maybe will be happening in the future, may influence this choice. Also REDD+ funds and PES from the international community may induce the "Maputo scenario" to become a reality. Read the report…

 

4. Tim RAYDEN & Rawlings ESSAME ESSONO (August –December 2010): Evaluation of fauna management within the forests concessions of the Lope-Waka et Ivindo great ape exceptional priority area

 

The full report is available only in French. Read the report…

 

5. European Tropical Forest Research Network (2010): Biodiversity Conservation in Certified Forests - Issue no.  51, September 2010

 

More than 15 years have passed since the first forest certificate was issued in tropical high forests; it should now be possible to evaluate the impacts of certification on biodiversity. Regulators and representatives of philanthropic groups, NGOs, and development agencies — which have contributed so much to improve forest management — also want to know whether certification is working for biodiversity. They are supported by more than three quarters of the respondents (88%), who thought that greater emphasis on documenting the biodiversity benefits of certification was important or very important. The topic is the rationale of this issue of ETFRN News. It brings together 33 articles that discuss this topic from various perspectives. This document was funded by the Government of the Netherlands, the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ) GmbH – German Technical Cooperation, commissioned by the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development. Read the report…

 

6. IDH Congo Basin Program (2011): to have an additional 4 million ha of forest concession certified by 2015


This document highlights the Congo Basin Program of the IDH which has now officially started its activities. The main objective of this program is to have an additional 4 million ha of forest concession certified by 2015. It’s an information sheet with more detailed information about the Congo Basin Program and the opportunities to become a partner. Read the document…

 

7. Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO); International Fund for Agricultural Development(IFAD)  and the International Labour Office (ILO)  (2010): Gender dimensions of agricultural and rural employment: Differentiated pathways out of poverty Status, trends and gaps


The report reflects the latest thinking on the gender dimensions of rural poverty. The cornerstone of its analysis is the United Nation’s Decent Work Agenda, which calls for creating better jobs for both women and men, obtaining social protection for all rural workers, ensuring that labour standards apply to all rural workers and promoting rural institutions that equally represent women’s and men’s interests. Read the document…

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CITES-“Sustaining all life on Earth” announced as theme of World Wildlife Day 2020

The Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) announced today the theme of United Nations World Wildlife Day 2020: “Sustaining all life on Earth”. The year 2020, known as a “biodiversity super year”, will host several major global events that place biodiversity at the forefront of the global sustainable development agenda.

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Forests play a key role in tackling climate change

This briefing note from Coordination SUD and Fern analyses the issues we need to address to ensure forests help deliver tropical forested countries’ Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs). This includes respect for communities’ rights and preserving their livelihoods, protecting and restoring biodiversity, and improved forest governance. Tackling these challenges will require effective civil society participation.

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Cbd-Zero Draft of the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework published by the Secretariat

The Open-Ended Working Group on the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework has been tasked with advancing preparations for the development of the post-2020 global biodiversity framework. It is expected that this process will culminate in the adoption of a post-2020 global biodiversity framework by the Conference of the Parties to the CBD, at the UN Biodiversity Conference in 2020 in Kunming, China as a stepping stone towards achieving the 2050 Vision of “Living in harmony with nature".

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Ecozona-The Screaming Forest: An Ecocritical Assessment of Le Cri de la forêt

From a postcolonial ecocritical standpoint, this essay analyzes the play Le Cri de la forêt (2015) co-authored by Henri Djombo, a cabinet minister from Congo-Brazzaville, and Osée Colin Koagne, a stage director and environmental activist from Francophone Cameroon. Mindful of the rich biodiversity of the Congo Basin where the playwrights originate, the essay interrogates why the forest in the play is screaming and moves on to engage with related ecological questions such as the scapegoating of witchcraft and doubtful traditional beliefs amidst climate change.

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FERN: Five EU forest trends to watch out for in 2020 & Save the Date - February 2020 (Brussels)

In 2019, forests and forest peoples’ rights rose up the global political – and spiritual - agenda, and the EU made high profile commitments to protect forests abroad and at home as part of their European Green Deal.  But will 2020 see such commitments turned into action? Here are five questions we hope to give positive answers to at the end of the year...

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Overview and analyses of key national policies, strategies and action plans relevant to deforestation, child and forced labour, and smallholder inclusion in Cameroon

The overarching objective of this study is to identify laws and policies on deforestation, child labour, force labour and smallholder inclusion in Cameroon, and analyze how these policies support the private sector to align with the sustainable production of timber, palm oil, cocoa and rubber. This review clearly demonstrates that both government and private sector can achieve targets of curbing deforestation and ensuring effective respect of human rights along the supply chains of the selected commodities.

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Statement on the situation of wildlife in the Congo Basin (and in Cameroon in particular) - Resolving Conservation Conflicts in West/Central African Protected Areas

The statement is the outcome of a meeting of various CBFP partners at the Congo Basin Institute in Yaounde:  ...We are a group of scientists, including faculty members from respected universities in Cameroon and abroad, representatives of protected areas management units, law enforcement organisations (LAGA), rangers, and international organisations (TRAFFIC, WWF). In October 2019, we met in Yaoundé to assess the current status of conservation in the country and discuss ways forward to solve what we consider to be a conservation crisis...

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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

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.

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