The CBFP works in close relationship with the Central African Forests Commission (COMIFAC), the regional body in charge of forest and environmental policy, coordination and harmonisation, with the objective to promote the conservation and sustainable management of the Congo basin's forest ecosystems.
CBFP members support the implementation of COMIFAC's regional Convergence Plan and the 1999 Yaoundé Declaration by
♦ protecting the region's biodiversity
♦ promoting good forest governance and
♦ improving the population's living standards.
In the spirit of the Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness, which is mirrored in CBFP's cooperation framework, the objective of the partnership is to raise the effectiveness of the partners' programs and initiatives, through improved communication and collaboration.
The Congo Basin Forest Partnership does not play a direct part in program implementation or financing. It does not have a secretariat or permanent staff. It works as a transmission belt between donors and implementing agencies and provides a forum for dialogue between its partners.
The form of governance chosen by the CBFP is steering through "facilitation", provided by one of its members for a set period of time. The role of the facilitation is to organize dialogue and promote cooperation between the partners, to set up a work program based on the guidelines established in the COMIFAC Convergence Plan, and to represent the partnership externally.
After the United States of America (2003-2004), France (2005-2007), Allemande (2008-2009), facilitation is now provided by Canada for the period 2010-2012.