8th CBFP Council Meeting – 11 December 2020
The eighth CBFP Council Meeting will be held on 11 December 2020 in Kinshasa, DRC. It will be chaired by the Facilitator of the Federal Republic of Germany of the Congo Basin Forest Partnership (CBFP), the Honourable Dr Christian Ruck, and Co-chaired by the Acting Chairman of COMIFAC, His Excellency Jules Doret Ndongo, Cameroon Minister of Forestry and Wildlife.
It will be graced by the presence of politicians, senior representatives of ECCAS and COMIFAC, diplomatic representatives and high-ranking representatives of the technical and financial partners.
Other delegates who will be actively involved in the proceedings include representatives of the CBFP’s seven colleges, namely:
- The CBFP Regional College: ECCAS, COMIFAC and the Congo
- The CBFP Civil Society College: CEFDHAC and ROSCEVAC
- The CBFP International NGO College: AWF and WWF
- The CBFP Private Sector College: ATIBT, Earthworms Foundation /TFT
- The CBFP Donor College: EU and US
- The CBFP Scientific and Academic College: CIFOR and IRET
- The CBFP Multilateral College: GVTC/ITTO, UNESCO/FAO
Some of the college representatives will be accompanied by advisers and other members of CBFP colleges who will be taking part in an observer capacity. The meeting will gather close to 100 participants.
As announced in its roadmap, the German CBFP Facilitation is fully committed to building on the results already achieved through the CBFP’s governance reform, and therefore relies on the smooth functioning of the CBFP Council and Partner Colleges.
As a matter of fact, the CBFP cooperation framework provides that the “CBFP Council shall meet twice a year”. Thus, the eighth Council Meeting will consolidate the CBFP’s strengthened governance while providing the ideal framework for broad dialogue, and effective cooperation between all stakeholders in the partnership whose membership has grown considerably since its inception. Also, the members of the CBFP Council will take stock of the coordination and harmonization of initiatives aimed at promoting the Congo Basin forest ecosystems, and will seek to strike a balance between sustainable forest management strategies on the one hand, and the region’s economic development objectives on the other hand. Throughout the meeting, CBFP Council members will be provided with adequate spaces for discussions.
The detailed agenda of the Eighth CBFP Council Meeting, as well as practical and logistical information, will be available on the CBFP website once they are finalized.