Conclusions of the CBFP Workshop on the Role of Industrial Logging

Douala, May 20, 2009 - One of the basic objectives of the Congo Basin Forest Partnership as defined in its Cooperation Framework is "to promote the sustainable management of forests in the sub-region as stated and recognised in the Yaoundé Declaration (1999)." Industrial logging is seen by the majority of partners as forming part of the sustainable management of production forest concessions, with forest certification being the tool that can enable consumers and processing companies to distinguish between timber produced under sustainable management conditions and that originating from logging operations managed in a less transparent manner.

With a view to contributing to the public debate on the economic, social and environmental impact of industrial logging – a debate which has brought to light some contradictory stances, to say the least – the CBFP offered to hold a consultation workshop on “The role of industrial logging in the sustainable management of Congo Basin forests” (19-20 May 2009) in Douala, Cameroon, to develop a joint vision of the CBFP partners in the positive and negative consequences of industrial logging on the system for sustainably managing Central African forests.

The German facilitation team invited scientists, local NGOs and representatives from logging companies to talk about their experiences, in order to establish the impact that sustainable industrial logging would have on the ecological development in the implementation area,  and on the economic and social development of  the local population, especially highly forest-dependent groups. This workshop was also an opportunity to explore the real impact of the global economic crisis, which has had a severe effect on the construction industry in Europe and the United States, on the forestry sector in the countries of Central Africa.

docs/fotos/tracabilite_bois.jpg Download the workshop's conclusions (translated to English by GTZ)
View the workshop's documentation (in French)
Photo (Hans Schipulle) A member of the timber monitoring team explains the traceability
system to Samuel Makon, CBFP Facilitator Delegate. The blue spots on the logs signals FSC certified timber 


Go back


Africasustainableconservation : Chad – the role of African Parks at Zakouma; is privatisation and greater militarization a good long-term idea, though?

The headquarters at Zakouma National Park, in southeastern Chad, is a sand-colored structure with a crenellated parapet that gives it the look of an old desert fortress. Outside the door to the central control room on the second floor hangs an image of a Kalashnikov rifle, circled in red, with a slash: No weapons allowed inside. Kalashnikovs are ubiquitous in Zakouma. All the rangers carry them. So do the intruders who come to kill wildlife.

Read more …

CMS-Ecological Connectivity to Be Focus of Major UN Meeting on Migratory Wildlife in India

Bonn, 19 November 2019 – “Migratory species connect the planet and together we welcome them home” will be the theme of a major UN Wildlife Conference dedicated to migratory species in India early next year.

Read more …

Dzanga Sangha Protected Areas : Newsletter October 2019

Although we are in the rainy season, the rain this month has been especially intense. We recorded 310 mm of rainfall as compared to 230mm in October last year. This makes transport by boat easy as the river level has considerably risen, but circulation along the tracks in the Park has become somewhat complicated.

Read more …

SWM Programme - Newsletter Issue 3 - July to October 2019

The third issue of the newsletter of the Sustainable Wildlife Management (SWM) Programme has just been published. This issue presents the latest progress in the implementation of the programme from July to October 2019 across the thirteen countries covered by the Programme in the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) group of States.

Read more …

Forest Watch The latest forest news November 2019

Read : Murder and illegal logging within the EU: Strong action is needed; Cocoa update: farmers in West Africa could benefit from higher cocoa prices; calls intensify for EU regulation; Support solidifies for an EU Due Diligence Regulation; BLOG: The Amazon and the Congo Basin: the same threats, the same battles...

Read more …

Coming full circle: Cameroon follows in footsteps of CAR and Chad, signs Specific Protocols!

It all began in December 2016 in Douala, Cameroon with the 1st Meeting of Country Experts in Cameroon, the CAR and Chad on the Development of Specific Protocols (SP) relating to the BSB Bi-national and Tripartite agreements on the fight against transboundary poaching, notably the Specific Anti-poaching Protocol  relating to the N’Djamena Tripartite Agreement between Cameroon, the CAR and Chad and the Specific Eco-development Protocol relating to the Bi-national  Cooperation Agreement between Cameroon and Chad.

Read more …

ITTO- More collaboration and participation needed to achieve the SFM in the Congo Basin

The Tokyo International Conference on development in Africa (TICAD) is an international meeting hosted by the Japanese government and jointly sponsored by the United Nations, the United Nations Development Program, the African Union Commission and the World Bank. Taking the floor during the opening of this ITTO event, Ms. Matondo pointed out that international partners can help the Congo Basin population to overcome various hurdles impeding the sub-region’s achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals 1 (zero poverty) 13 (Measures to combat climate change) and 15 (land life) using innovative technology, know-how, entrepreneurship and capacity building.

Read more …

COMIFAC- Shanghai international forum: COMIFAC goes on charm offensive

Shanghai, Republic of China, 21-25 October 2019- More than three hundred and fifty delegates including about sixty members of the International Technical Tropical Timber Association (ITTTA), sixty conference speakers and panelists took part in the 21st ITTTA forum. COMIFAC was represented at the gathering by Mr. Georges Moucharou, 2nd Technical Adviser at the Ministry of Forestry and Wildlife and representative of the Acting President, Raymond Ndomba Ngoye, Executive Secretary and Mr. Valery Tchuante, a monitoring and evaluation expert.

Read more …

CBFP News Archive


BCC 2020 Save the Date!
Forest Watch October 2019
World Bamboo Day
China goes green again!
GEF Newsletter | June 2019
The Cafi Dialogues
Forest Watch April 2019
Forest Watch March 2019