Three Complementary Institutions

1.       The Central Africa Forest Commission (COMIFAC)

2.       The Congo Basin Forest Partnership (CBFP)

3.       CBFP Facilitation 


1.       COMIFAC:


COMIFAC is the political and technical steering, coordinating, harmonizing and decision-making institution in the domain of the conservation and sustainable management of forest and savannah ecosystems in Central Africa. It supports and monitors the implementation of the Yaounde Declaration, international conventions and forest development initiatives in Central Africa. The COMIFAC legal framework  is part of the February 2005 treaty entitled ‘Treaty for the Conservation and Sustainable Management of Forest Ecosystems in Central Africa and the foundation of the Central Africa Forests Commission'. The COMIFAC Convergence Plan describes the common intervention strategies of the Member states and their development partners   for the conservation and the sustainable management of the regional forest and savannah ecosystems.


2.       CBFP:


The Congo Basin Forest Partnership (CBFP) is not a technical and financial partner. It is an informal structure made up of about sixty partners in the following categories COMIFAC member countries, partner country institutions, NGOs, international institutions and private sector organizations which have agreed to harmonize their programs t for the effective implementation of the COMIFAC Convergence Plan.  The objective of this partnership is to enhance the effectiveness of the technical and financial contributions for the conservation and sustainable management of forest ecosystems, and poverty eradication in Central African countries. CBFP is also described as a platform, a network and a forum. Launched during the World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg in 2002, the CBFP is a ‘Type 2’ partnership, which differs from the ‘Type 1’ intergovernmental partnerships such as COMIFAC. 'Type 2’ partnerships were designed to facilitate an effective support to intergovernmental organizations.


3.       CBFP Facilitation:


The CBFP is under the conduct of a Facilitation provided by a partner who serves for a two-year period. The Facilitation is characterized by a flexible structure to help sustain communications and steer dialogue between partners. It is not the mandate of the Facilitation to provide financial support to partners or to their projects and programmes. Its resources are dedicated at supporting collaboration between the different partners and at structuring its work programme which aims at orientating member partners’ interventions towards the   COMIFAC Convergence Plan lines of action. The Faciliation role is also to represent the CBFP at sub-regional and international levels.