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

 

_________________________________________Frenchversion_______________________________________________________

 

 

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 !

Go back

CBFP News

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.

Read more …

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".

Read more …

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.

Read more …

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...

Read more …

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.

Read more …

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...

Read more …

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.

Read more …

CAFI and EU join forces for the future of Central African Forests

Brussels, 4 November:  As part of growing commitments from donors to Central African forests and people, matching growing concern about accelerating forest loss of Earth’s 2nd lung, the  European Commission signed a15 million euros (16 million dollars) funding agreement to the Central African Forest Initiative (CAFI) Trust Fund.

Read more …

CBFP News Archive