CBFP Updates: April 2014 / Nouvelles du PFBC: avril 2014


Dear Partners, 

I have just returned from a very productive visit to the Great Lakes region, with stops in Brazzaville and Brussels.  Here is a brief overview of news and observations of interest to the CBFP partners:


 1.       A clear highlight was our visit to the transboundary forest area of the Kibira and Nyungwe National Parks in Burundi and Rwanda.  I was deeply impressed by the level of cross-border cooperation seen between the Rwandan and Burundian authorities and partners, including WCS.  I was pleased to learn about an April 17 meeting of local leaders that will be convened to discuss regional forest conservation. The CBFP Facilitation plans to share the proceedings of this important gathering as soon as they are available.  In the meanwhile, we have uploaded photos and information from the trip to these links: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Congo-Basin-Forest-Partnership/424394764326797  and http://pfbc-cbfp.org/actualites/items/burundi-facilitation-fr.html


2.       Two members of the Facilitation Team were received by Burundi’s Président, S.E. Pierre Nkuruziza on March 20, 2014.  In this engaging encounter, we highlighted the opportunities for Burundi to show regional leadership in assuming the COMIFAC Presidency.  In response, President Nkuruziza affirmed his support for forest conservation and his desire to strengthen national environmental protection.  In addition, we had numerous exchanges with other government officials, CBFP partner representatives, and a range of Burundi civil society leaders.  Additional information and images may be found on the CBFP website: www.pfbc-cbfp.org.  I would also like to hear directly from any partners interested in supporting conservation opportunities in Burundi for a possible telephone briefing later in April.


3.       While in Brazzaville, the Facilitation Team met with Minister of Forests, Djombo Henri, who concurred with our proposal to hold the next CBFP meeting in Brazzaville on September 10-11, 2014. The partners meeting will be preceded by a workshop for civil society, climate negotiators and the Congo Basin Media Network (RECEIAC).  Minister Djombo also intends to hold a high level meeting just after the partners meeting.   We expect to announce the open registration for the 14th CBFP meeting soon.


4.       We are delighted to share that Mlle. Marie Tamoifo, Coordinator of the youth network REJEFAC, was selected to lead a webchat on international media platforms on Thursday, April 17.  Click for details: https://www.facebook.com/geninnov/photos/a.376629439049605.84416.371681652877717/676459835733229/?type=1&theater


5.       Next week, the U.S. Facilitation will hold the first teleconference of the CBFP Advisory Council, a dedicated group that will advise the Facilitation for the remainder of the U.S.-led term (to 2015).  Its members were drawn from the partnership’s many sectors, and include representatives of COMIFAC and other multilateral bodies, civil society and CEFDHAC networks, the CBFP consortium, NGOs and the private sector.  


Best regards and I look forward to speaking with you again very soon,


Matthew V. Cassetta

Facilitator, Congo Basin Forest Partnership

U.S. Department of State





Cher(e) Partenaire, 

Je viens de retourner d’un voyage très productif aux Grands Lacs, à Brazzaville et Bruxelles.  Voilà quelques points importants à partager :


 1.       C’était très impressionnant de visiter  l’aire protégée transfrontalière entre le Parc National de la Kibira et celui de Nyungwe et bien plus d’admirer la coopération transfrontalière entre le Rwanda et  le Burundi dans une gestion concertée.  A ce sujet, se tiendra le 17 avril  prochain une importante réunion des autorités locales des provinces concernées. La Facilitation du PFBC diffusera les résultats des dits travaux dans les meilleurs délais.  Toutefois, vous pouvez voir quelques photos des équipes rwandaises et burundaises en cliquant sur le lien ci-après: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Congo-Basin-Forest-Partnership/424394764326797  et http://pfbc-cbfp.org/actualites/items/burundi-facilitation-fr.html


2.       Deux membres de la Facilitation étaient reçus par  le Président de la République du Burundi, S.E. Pierre Nkuruziza.  L’entretien était très productif et S.E. Pierre Nkuruziza a fait montre d’un engagement sérieux en ce qui concerne la conservation des forêts et l’environnement.  Par ailleurs, nous avons eu plusieurs séances de travail avec des membres du Gouvernements, des représentants des partenaires du PFBC présents au Burundi, et la société civil burundaise.  Pour plus d’informations et visualiser des photos, bien vouloir consulter le site web du PFBC : www.pfbc-cbfp.org   Si vous voulez plus de détails sur des opportunités pour appuyer la conservation su Burundi, SVP indiquez-moi votre intérêt par email.


3.       Nous avons confirmé avec Son Excellence Monsieur le Ministre Djombo Henri, la date de la prochaine réunion des partenaires du PFBC qui aura lieu à Brazzaville les 10 et 11 septembre 2014. En marge de ces travaux, se tiendront d’une part un atelier conjoint et simultané des acteurs de la société civile, des négociateurs climat /REDD et des médias, d’autre part un segment/forum de Haut niveau.   Très prochainement, nous annoncerons l’ouverture des inscriptions aux partenaires du PFBC intéressés.


4.       C’est un plaisir d’annoncer que Mlle. Marie Tamoifo, Coordonnatrice du Réseau REJEFAC, dialoguera avec la communauté internationale sur un web chat le jeudi 17 avril.  Pour en savoir plus : https://www.facebook.com/geninnov/photos/a.376629439049605.84416.371681652877717/676459835733229/?type=1&theater


5.       Dès la semaine prochaine, la Facilitation du PFBC tiendra une réunion du Conseil de la Facilitation du PFBC aux fins de guider et accompagner ses activités auparavant.  Ce groupe a été sélectionné parmi les organismes membres du partenariat, et y compris la COMIFAC, des membres des réseaux de la société civile de la CEFDHAC, des  membres du Consortium de la Facilitation du PFBC, et des représentants des Organisations non Gouvernementales et du secteur privé.  


Merci et a très bientôt !

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