Dialogue on Initiatives for REDD Readiness in the Congo Basin

riverAt the invitation of the Central African Forests Commission (COMIFAC) and the Congo Basin Forest Partnership (CBFP), a one-day meeting was hosted by WWF in Washington DC on 23rd October 2008. The purpose was to increase mutual understanding about and collaboration among a number of new initiatives that are intended to assist the countries of the Congo Basin to prepare themselves for developing and implementing activities to reduce emissions from deforestation and degradation (REDD) in line with the Bali Action Plan of the UNFCCC.


Some 65 people representing 45 organisations attended the meeting, including National UNFCCC Focal Points, representatives of multilateral and bilateral donor agencies, philanthropic organization and NGOs. This was followed by a ½ day work session among the National UNFCCC Focal Points with representatives of several of the donor initiatives and technical assistance agencies to refine the work programme begun earlier this year in work sessions among the six National Focal Points from the Congo Basin facilitated by the French ONFI. This Washington meeting was but a single milestone in an ongoing process to engage a widening spectrum of stakeholders in actions to address global climate change by appropriate outreach, consultation and concrete activities.


A notable outcome of this meeting was the recognition of the importance and urgency for the Congo Basin countries to develop an integrated set of policies that reflect the interests of the region within the ongoing negotiations of the UNFCCC.  In addition, the need was identified for operational actions to achieving “readiness” to implement activities to reduce current and future CO2 emissions from deforestation and degradation and to maximize benefits from financial mechanisms linked to the UNFCCC negotiations that are designed to support this objective. The participants and organizers recognize that these outputs represent only a milestone in the process of developing the capacity within the Congo Basin countries to maximize their potential contributions to reducing the risks of catastrophic climate change and their potential to access the financial resources needed to realize these contributions to global climate stabilization.

All of participants in this exercise are committed to continuing collaboration and to expanding the meaningful participation of stakeholders from the groups most affected by climate change and by REDD initiatives.  A series of regionally based activities are anticipated that will engage primary stakeholders in both the design and implementation of “readiness” activities.

For further information, please contact Brandi Klotz (brandi.klotz@wwfus.org ) +1 202.495.4790

Picture: Richard Caroll, WWF-US

Download the meeting's summary

Download a working-draft version of the “work plan” developed by the National UNFCCC Focal Points, in consultation with representatives of the participating initiatives, that outlines a series of concrete actions to develop and implement national REDD readiness strategies. The work plans are intended to be “living” documents to be updated and revised as countries in the region move forward as a group and individually to refine and implement programmes to reduce deforestation and forest degradation and to address the social and environmental issues that such programmes will inevitably raise.

The background documents circulated prior to the meeting, presentations given by the participants and additional materials compiled as “annexes” can also be accessed on CBFP's website.

Go back

CBFP News

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

2019

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