Most global consumers have heard of palm oil – and if not, they’ve probably tasted it. The versatile commodity is used in almost half of the packaged products found in supermarkets, from chocolate to deodorant or lipstick, as well as for animal feed and biofuel.
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DRC: march in support of the first maritime conference of the Economic Community of Central African States "COMAR I" - NEWS
Kinshasa is hosting from 28 November to 02 December 2022 the thematic workshops of the First Maritime Conference of the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) under the theme: "Governance and Security of the ECCAS maritime space for the development of a sustainable Blue Economy in Central Africa". These meetings are organised under the high patronage of Félix Tshisekedi, President of the Democratic Republic of Congo, President in Office of the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS).
Evaluation of the Forest Declaration in the Congo Basin: Interview with Monique Catherine Bisseck Epse Yigbedek, Regional Coordinator of the African Women's Network for Sustainable Development (AWNED) – FORESTDECLARATION
The African Women's Network for Sustainable Development (AWNSSD) is a network of mainly women's non-governmental organisations working in the field of sustainable natural resource management. It is also involved in the design, implementation and monitoring of conservation and development projects in the Central African region.
On October 27, 2022 in Nairobi, Kenya and online, a team of researchers launched a new tool that outlines how an integrated landscape approach can be adapted for displacement or refugee settings. Called ‘Guidance for a Landscape Approach in Displacement Settings’ (GLADS), the tool is an EU-funded initiative led by the Center for International Forestry Research and World Agroforestry (CIFOR-ICRAF) in partnership with stakeholders.
Best Wishes for 2023, By the Honourable Dr. Christian Ruck, CBFP Facilitator of the Federal Republic of Germany
Dear CBFP Partners, In the aftermath of the World Forestry Congress held in Seoul, Republic of Korea, the first African Protected Areas Congress in Kigali, Rwanda, the COP 27 Climate Conference in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, and the COP15 Biodiversity Conference in Montreal, Canada, it is safe to say that Central Africa’s tropical forests were once again prominently featured in global negotiations and that the voice of the sub-region was heard loud and clear during plenary sessions, high-level meetings and side events. Please download the message of greetings from the CBFP Facilitator of the Federal Republic of Germany the Honorable Dr. Christian Ruck...
COP 27 - A Historic Moment for Congo Basin Forests: High Level Political Dialogue on the Fair Deal at the heart of COP27
COMIFAC's Acting President co-chairs the High-Level Political Dialogue between COMIFAC countries and donor countries with BMZ Minister Svenja Schulze. The meeting was attended by Ministers from COMIFAC countries, Minister Svenja from BMZ, Senior Officials representing COMIFAC countries and CBFP donors. The Political Dialogue was co-chaired by His Excellency Mr. Jules Doret Ndongo, Minister of Forests and Wildlife of Cameroon, Acting President of COMIFAC and Her Excellency Ms. Svenja Schulze, Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) of Germany.
CBD - COP 15 Fair Deal: Central Africa's forests and the Fair Deal at the heart of a high-level event at COP15 biodiversity: How the Congo Basin contributes to global climate and biodiversity protection
This event reaffirmed the importance of the Congo Basin forests for planet earth; presented and mobilized for the Fair Deal as a long-term vision based on the COMIFAC Declaration and the mutual obligations between COMIFAC countries and the international community; and identified avenues for payments for ecological services from protected areas and the idea of promoting protected areas as economic development projects.
Statement from the GEF CEO and Chairperson on the creation of the Global Biodiversity Framework Fund – GEF
The agreement reached today in Montreal is a significant breakthrough for biodiversity. It reflects never-before-seen recognition from countries at all income levels that biodiversity loss must be stopped through high-ambition changes to our society’s relationship with nature and the way our global economy operates. It also reflects a determination from political leaders around the world to make this happen.
COP15 - CBD High Level Plenary - COMIFAC, through its president, communicates strong messages and unfolds the common position of Central Africa...
Montreal Canada, 18 December 2022, the Acting President of COMIFAC, H.E. Jules Doret Ndongo, Minister of Forests and Wildlife of Cameroon and Acting President of the COMIFAC Council of Ministers, took the floor to set out Central Africa's common position on biodiversity management and the expectations of COMIFAC countries.
COP15-Towards a major mobilisation-High Level Side Event Saving our planet’s largest tropical lung and natural heritage –How the Congo Basin contributes to protecting global climate and biodiversity and how it should be supported. Room512E, 15-12-22, 16h
This High-level event would bring together Ministers and/or Senior Officials in a dialogue and discussion panel on the Fair Deal between Congo Basin (COMIFAC) Countries and the international community for the protection of biodiversity and forests in the Congo Basin. THEME: Fair Deal at Work - Nature conservation areas as an example for linking biodiversity and climate: the protected areas must also be remunerated for their ecological services not only for biodiversity but also for regional and global climate (carbon storage). e.g. Salonga National Park is with 1.5 gigatons doted. With the revenues, local economic development can also be financed.
The NGO members of the Toboyi Molili coalition have in a memo, asked the Congolese government to conduct feasibility and environmental impact studies before authorising the preparatory works and the execution of the activities of the Grand Inga Project and the green industries, notably the production of hydrogen intended for export. This message was made public on Friday 2 December in Kinshasa during a press café organised by CORAP, a member of this coalition.
Transhumance at COP 15: Nexus - Protected Areas, Biodiversity and Transhumance. COMIFAC Pavilion, joint with ECCAS / CBFP / GIZ, Hall 220a, Nr 109 Oral Presentations – Dialogue, tuesday, december 13, 2022, 15:00-16:30
This discussion will follow up on the “N’Djamena Declaration” 2019 with a focus on Nexus - protected Areas, biodiversity and transhumance in Central Africa. In advocating for an integrated approach to biodiversity conservation, security, resource management, peace and development in a context of transhumance and pastoralism associated with neo-pastoralism, high international demand for wildlife products and insecurity as well as climate change and the food crisis huge herds of cattle being driven into the protected areas of the northern fringes of the Congo Basin rainforest. Panellists at this event will address key issues on biodiversity conservation and protected areas in Central Africa in relation to international funding issues in order to obtain a deal....
COP15 Fair Deal Future of the protected areas in the Congo Basin - How to get both conservation and development by good governance and payment for ecological services?
COMIFAC Pavilion, joint with ECCAS / CBFP / GIZ, Hall 220a, Nr 109, Oral Presentations – Dialogue, Wednesday, December 14, 2022, 15:00-16:30. This discussion will follow up on the implementation of the COMIFAC Declaration "Fair Deal", dated September 2021 with a focus on biodiversity conservation and protected areas in Central Africa. The session will make the case for a biodiversity “Fair Deal”, advocating for biodiversity conservation and sustainable use of Congo Basin forests in exchange for an adequate share of international biodiversity financing….
Civil society recommendations for fair and inclusive partnerships between the European Union and forested developing countries - FERN
In September 2022, Fern organised a tour of our partners to meet with Belgian, French, German and UK decision-makers, as well as representatives from the European Commission and the European Parliament.
COP15 - 1st Work Meeting of the Fair Deal Task Force. Theme 1: payments for ecological services for intact or high integrity forests. 16 Dec, 2022. Invitation only / Closed session
The preservation and protection of the ecological functionality of the remaining “green lungs” of the world is crucial for meeting the Paris Agreement’s 1.5°C climate target. High integrity forests1 play a particularly crucial role for the regulation of our climate, the protection of our biodiversity. They provide an extraordinary array of ecosystem services such as carbon storage, biological diversity and the provision of non-timber forest products. Globally, high integrity tropical forests are estimated to remove around 2.6 Gt CO2 per year.
COP 27: REPALEAC calls for transparency on the US$ 1.7 billion Glasgow Pledge and presents its US$ 128 million Programme
COP 27 - Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt, 8 November 2022 - REPALEAC organised a special session on the transparency of the Glasgow Pledge with the support of GIZ and Technical and Financial Partners. The objective of this session was to present REPALEAC's Programme for strengthening and securing the rights and forest tenure of indigenous peoples and local communities in Central Africa.
COP 27: REPALEAC represents indigenous and local communities from around the world and delivers an inspiring speech at the World Leaders Summit
COP 27 - Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, 7 November 2022 - Declaration of the Global Alliance of Territorial Communities World Leaders Summit on Forests held on the margins of COP27 07/11/2022 - Sharm El-Sheikh.
From 7 to 19 December 2022, the United Nations will organise COP15, in Montreal, Canada, just after COP27, in Sharm-El-Sheikh, Egypt. Why the name COP, why two COPs, why 15 and 27?
From 7 to 19 December 2022, the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP15) will start in Montreal. The aim of this conference is to enable international governments to take action to combat the biodiversity crisis. Ahead of the negotiations, we take a look at what is at stake at the summit. Why is this COP15 on biodiversity so important? Where do we stand on the subject of biodiversity and ecosystems? Why are the COPs on biodiversity making so little progress? What issues will be discussed at COP15?
The UNDP Equator Prize was awarded this year to ten (10) laureates who have distinguished themselves by their initiatives to protect biodiversity and fight against global warming. For the Democratic Republic of Congo, it was the NGO Mbou-Mon-Tour, based in the province of Mai-Ndombe, which won. The celebration of the winners took place on Wednesday 30 November, a few days before the World Conference on Biodiversity.
December 7 - 19, 2022 in Montreal, Canada, governments from around the world will come together to agree on a new set of goals to guide global action through 2030 to halt and reverse nature loss. Nature is critical to meeting the Sustainable Development Goals and limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees. Adoption of a bold global biodiversity framework that addresses the key drivers of nature loss is needed to secure our own health and well-being alongside that of the planet.
Nature-based solutions offer the best way to achieve human well-being, tackle climate change and protect our living planet. Yet nature is in crisis, as we are losing species at a rate 1,000 times greater than at any other time in recorded human history, and one million species face extinction.
The gains of the FLEGT programme must be preserved at all costs, says Christian Mounzéo of the Rencontre pour la paix et les droits de l'homme (RPDH) in the Republic of Congo. Last November, when the European Commission published its draft regulation on zero deforestation products, Congolese civil society reacted first with surprise, then with concern.
Announcement made by the UK Environment Minister at the UK Government side event - COP27 - "Congo Basin: Raising Ambitions and Driving Solutions»
COP 27 - Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt, 8 November 2022: A COP 27 side event on the theme "Congo Basin: Raising Ambitions and Driving Solutions" was held at the UK Pavilion. The event highlighted the key nature, climate and development challenges facing stakeholders in Central Africa, and discussed potential solutions and pathways to address them, as well as the steps needed to achieve these ambitions.
COP 27 - High-level visit of H.E. Macky Sall, President of Senegal and President of the African Union to the COMIFAC Pavilion jointly with ECCAS - CBFP - CAFI - GIZ
COP 27 - High-level visit of H.E. Macky Sall, President of Senegal and President of the African Union to the COMIFAC Pavilion jointly with ECCAS - CBFP - CAFI - GIZ. COP 27 - Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt, 8 November 2022: His Excellency Jules Doret Ndongo, Acting President of COMIFAC and Dr. Hervé Martial Maidou, COMIFAC Executive Secretary welcome H.E. Macky Sall, President of the African Union and President of Senegal, to the COMIFAC Pavilion jointly with ECCAS - CBFP - CAFI - GIZ.
How to proceed with the implementation of all the provisions contained in the law on the recognition and promotion of the rights of indigenous pygmy peoples in the DRC?
This is the subject of the workshop on 2 December 2022 in Kinshasa between civil society organisations and their partners, as well as activists for the rights of indigenous pygmy peoples in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
At the recently concluded 27th United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP27) in Egypt, the Central African Forest Commission (COMIFAC) took to the stage to denounce one of the unfulfilled promises of COP26. At the previous summit, donors committed to funding the protection and management of the Congo Basin forests to the tune of 1.5 billion dollars. This commitment is already insufficient. The countries of the sub-region are asking for $100 billion to preserve the forests of the Congo Basin.
ECCAS: Towards the leadership and sovereignty of Member States through the control and development of the ECCAS maritime and river-lake space, in harmony with the continental maritime policy
On 23 November 2022 at 10:00 am, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Gabonese Republic will open the "National Preparatory Workshop for the First Maritime Conference of the Economic Community of Central African States: COMAR-CEEAC 2022".
Honorable Dr Christian Ruck delivers report at a special session of the Tropical Forest Preservation Alliance
Sharm El-Sheikh, 12 November 2022 - at the French Pavilion - a side event was held on the sidelines of the MINISTERIAL MEETING OF THE ALLIANCE FOR THE CONSERVATION OF RAINFOREST.
High-level launch of the Fair Deal Taskforce for the protection of Central African forests at COP 27
Ministers from donor and COMIFAC countries and some 40 participants at COP 27 solemnly launch the Fair Deal Task Force, underlining its importance and relevance in the context of discussions on the development of a fair deal for the protection of Central Africa's forests.
On 7 November 2022, President Macron announced an initiative to protect the planet's "vital carbon and biodiversity reserves", such as old-growth forests, peat bogs and mangroves, at COP 27 in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt.
November 15 marks a historic milestone. The world's population reaches the 8 billion threshold. This population growth is the result of progress in public health, nutrition, hygiene and medicine. "This is an opportunity to celebrate our diversity and progress. At the same time, it is a reminder of our shared responsibility to care for our planet," reminds UN Secretary-General António Guterres.
InfoPoint Conference: Pastoralism and Insecurity in the Sahel and West Africa - The Voice of the Herders, Tuesday 29 November 2022, 14:00 CET - Tuesday 29 November 2022, 15:30 CET
The Billital Maroobé Network (BMN), which brings together livestock breeders' organisations in the Sahel and West Africa, has conducted a reflection on the future of livestock breeders faced with the interconnected crises of the rural world, including the security crisis. The results of this reflection are intended to feed into decision-making in West Africa and will be shared with us at the conference.
COP27: Towards the third Summit of Heads of State and Government of COMIFAC - High-level visit of the Prime Minister of the DRC and ECCAS Presidency, H.E. Jean-Michel Sama Lukonde at the COMIFAC Pavilion
COP 27 - Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt, 9 November 2022: The COMIFAC Pavilion jointly with ECCAS - CBFP - CAFI - GIZ was enhanced and honoured by the visit of His Excellency Mr Jean-Michel Sama Lukonde, Prime Minister of the DRC and President of ECCAS.
Bavon Nsa Mputu Elima and Faustin Boyemba pledge to mobilise more funds for DRC's adaptation - ENVIRONEWS-DRC
Bavon N'sa Mputu Elima and Faustin Boyemba, respectively Executive Secretary and Deputy Executive Secretary of FONAREDD (National REDD Fund) are officially in office, after a short handover ceremony organised in Kinshasa, on November 30.
COP 27 - High-level visit of H.E. Faustin-Archange Touadéra, President of the Republic of CAR to the COMIFAC Pavilion jointly with ECCAS - CBFP - CAFI - GIZ
COP 27 - Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt, 8 November 2022: His Excellency Jules Doret Ndongo, Acting President of COMIFAC and Dr Hervé Martial Maidou, SE COMIFAC welcome HEM Faustin-Archange Touadéra, President of the Republic of CAR, to the COMIFAC Pavilion jointly with ECCAS - CBFP - CAFI - GIZ.
COP27 key outcomes: progress on compensation for developing countries, but more needed on climate justice and equity – THECONVERSATION
There were high expectations for COP27, the 27th Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. COP conferences broadly provide a platform for the negotiation of international climate change agreements. This was to be the first COP held in Africa since 2016. It was also framed as the implementation COP, which would lead to action.
It was a late evening in April 2018 when Philbert Ntaciyica, exhausted from the non-stop heavy rain battering his roof, wondered if his farm would survive this latest storm. When the 12-hour downpour finally eased in Nzove, a village perched on a hillside in north-eastern Burundi, Ntaciyica emerged from his home to find no crops or topsoil. All had been washed downhill by the deluge, and along with them, his livelihood.
November 15 marks a historic milestone, as the world’s population reaches eight billion people. This unprecedented growth is the result of improvements in public health, nutrition, personal hygiene and medicine. “The milestone is an occasion to celebrate diversity and advancements, while considering humanity’s shared responsibility for the planet,” says United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres.
Forest Declaration Assessment in the Congo Basin: Interview with Monique Catherine Bisseck Epse Yigbedek, regional coordinator of the African Women’s Network for Sustainable Development (REFADD) – FOREST DECLARATION
In 2022, the Forest Declaration Assessment included a regional pilot in the Congo Basin. Nine civil society organizations participated in this regional assessment, providing expertise, collecting data and contributing to the first regional Forest Declaration Assessment report that will be published in November 2022. This interview series highlights the work of these regional partners.
EarthRanger, an artificial intelligence programme for monitoring wildlife, has been deployed in six more natural parks in Botswana, Mozambique and the Republic of Congo. The project, which will run until March 2026, is funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and its partners to the tune of US$7.2 million. It aims to reduce the decline of biodiversity in Africa.
Delegates gathered against an ominous backdrop of multiple crises: energy, cost of living, indebtedness, nature loss, and geopolitical tensions among major powers. But the need to act in the face of the climate crisis has never been clearer. Global average temperature rise is already 1.1°C. People around the world are experiencing the effects of climate change, from heatwaves and droughts to floods and superstorms. Only the wealthiest countries can (so far) cope. As Sherry Rehman, Minister of Climate Change, Pakistan, implored “Vulnerability shouldn’t be a death sentence.”
FLEGT’s achievements must be saved at all costs, says Christian Mounzéo of Rencontre pour la paix et les droits de l’homme (RPDH), Republic of Congo. When the European Commission published its draft Regulation on deforestation-free products last November, the first reaction among Congo’s civil society was surprise. The second was concern.
EU deforestation regulation must strengthen the FLEGT process and producer countries’ own efforts to combat deforestation – FERN
The EU’s deforestation regulation must strengthen the FLEGT process and producer countries’ own efforts to combat deforestation, says Justin Kamga, Coordinator of Cameroonian NGO Forêts et Développement Rural (Foder).
In September, Fern’s civil society partners from the Congo Basin, West Africa and South East Asia came to Brussels to talk with policymakers about deforestation’s impact - on landscapes as well as people. More specifically, they shared their expertise on how the EU can tackle its responsibility for destroying forests around the world, and to highlight the potential ramifications of its proposed.
UN Climate Change News, 20 November 2022 – The United Nations Climate Change Conference COP27 closed today with a breakthrough agreement to provide “loss and damage” funding for vulnerable countries hit hard by climate disasters.
Just published - More is not enough: Central Africa and the proposed 30% protected and conserved areas by 2030
Here we summarize the discussions regarding how Central African countries could achieve the 30 × 30 target by addressing the following four matters. (1) Several financing mechanisms centred on forest carbon sequestration have started. Yet despite awareness of the importance of biodiversity and the fight against climate change, funding remains cruelly short of the required 10-fold scaling up. (2) Public–private partnerships, in which governments delegate the management of protected areas to private partners, have shown increased management efficiency and financing. Please download the Document....
Ministers return to Egypt to lend their political weight to delegates wrestling with key issues. About 200 nations from around the globe continued to chase a deal at the Cop27 summit in Egypt that will help in the struggle to save the planet from climate change. But despite hurdles, small but significant signs surfaced that an agreement at the UN summit remained possible.
Thank you Mr. President to you and your team for all your work. And I also want to thank the secretariat and the Chairs of the subsidiary bodies. It hasn’t been easy. But I want to begin by recognising the progress on loss and damage. This is historic. The decision that we have taken here has the potential to support and increase that support for the most vulnerable.
Exclusive: Funding from rich countries is critical issue at Cop27 and poll shows many think UK has duty to provide it. A significant majority of people in the UK think the country has a responsibility to pay for climate action in poorer and vulnerable countries, an opinion poll shows.
Negotiations moved slowly on several issues, particularly finance. For other issues, texts were forwarded to the COP Presidency or ministers for further consideration. Agreement on a decision on the Santiago Network was met with applause from negotiators. Talks on the Adaptation Fund Board also reached compromise.
While ministers gave high-level speeches that relayed their national priorities, negotiators worked to clear as much of the backlog of pending issues as possible. By the end of the day, numerous issues remained unresolved. Ministers will take up a shortlist of issues to bridge the remaining differences.
Australia told to end new fossil fuel subsidies if it wants Pacific support to host climate summit –THE GUARDIAN
Vanuatu’s climate change minister says Pacific support for Australian bid should be conditional. Australia must stop subsidising new fossil fuel developments if it is to win a key Pacific nation’s support for its plan to co-host a major UN climate summit in 2026.
Sharm El-Sheikh, 15 November 2022 – Senior officials from several governments, the UN Environment Program (UNEP) and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) launched a new five-year work programme at COP27 today to promote climate technology solutions in developing countries.
Monday began with a recognition of the significant volume of work ahead. The Subsidiary Bodies forwarded a long list of issues to this second week of talks, adding to the slate of political-level discussions on key issues to be facilitated by ministers and the Presidency later in the week.
Al Gore and High-Level Speakers: Transparency and Accountability Underpin Effective Climate Action - unfccc
UN Climate Change News, 14 November 2022 – Two weeks of transparency events kicked off at COP27 in Egypt last week under the banner “Together4Transparency”. With discussions ranging from the need for reliable greenhouse gas emissions estimates accessible to all to the role that information plays in reducing risks and uncertainties in order to attract financial support for action, the series of events addresses the full range of actors and issues related to transparency.
UN Climate Change News, 14 November 2022 – Important progress on sustainable forest management and conservation has been made at the UN Climate Change Conference COP27 in Sharm el-Sheikh with the launch of the Forest and Climate Leaders’ Partnership (FCLP), which aims to unite action by governments, businesses and community leaders.
Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, 11 November 2022 – At launch events held today at COP27 in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, a major package of support of over USD $150 million for adaptation was launched. The package was announced at a special session on "Advancing Adaptation Action in Africa" co-hosted by H.E. Sameh Shoukry, COP27 President, and United States Special Presidential Envoy for Climate, John Kerry.
Adaptation and Agriculture Thematic Day at COP27 Focuses on How the World Will Feed 8 Billion – COP27
Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt, 12 November 2022 – The Adaptation and Agriculture thematic day at COP27 focused on how the world will feed eight billion people. Throughout the day, a series of sessions and initiatives shed light on pathways forward on adaptation and climate resilient agriculture.
The first week of the Sharm El-Sheikh Climate Change Conference concluded with the closing plenaries of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) and Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI). Substantive conclusions were adopted on a limited number of issues, mostly related to the consideration of reports by constituted bodies and to reporting. On many issues, only procedural conclusions were adopted which noted that further work is required to finalize the relevant decisions.
With the end of the first week of the Sharm El-Sheikh Climate Change Conference nearing, co-facilitators across many negotiation rooms reminded delegates of the need to conclude consideration of the items set to be forwarded to the closing plenaries of the Subsidiary Bodies (SBs), scheduled for the next day.
Funding urgently needed to cope with climate disasters – and to prevent distrust crashing UN negotiations. Money is likely to be a flashpoint at the UN Cop27 climate summit starting on Sunday in Egypt, where world leaders will attempt to tackle the climate crisis.
World Leaders Launch Forests and Climate Leaders’ Partnership to accelerate momentum to halt and reverse forest loss and land degradation by 2030 - bringing the total funds committed to $24,5 bn November 7, 2022 at COP27 - 26 countries, including some Central African countries and the European Union – which together account for over 33% of the world’s forests and nearly 60% of the world’s GDP launch the Forest and Climate Leaders’ Partnership (FCLP).
Heads of State and Government and their entourages took over the conference venue on the second day of the Sharm El-Sheikh Climate Change Conference. With their presence, leaders aimed to signal sustained momentum on climate action. In parallel, intergovernmental negotiations got up to speed. Discussions on some agenda items, such as those related to cooperative approaches under the Paris Agreement (Article 6.2), drew such crowds that they surpassed room capacity. Please download the Document....
COP27- Empowering a Climate-Resilient Africa for the 21st Century: Articulating vision and opportunity - IISD
At what is being referred to as the "African COP," political, industry, and civil society leaders voiced strong condemnations of shortcomings in adaptation financing for Africa. Against a backdrop of global economic slowdown and political instability, the African continent is making headway in designing initiatives to overcome the worst impact of climate change. Hosted by Mokgweetsi Masisi, President of Botswana, and organized by the United Nations Science-Policy-Business Forum on the Environment (SPBF), this high-level event called for greater leadership and renewed international cooperation to support African-led adaptation efforts.
World Leaders Launch Forests and Climate Leaders’ Partnership to accelerate momentum to halt and reverse forest loss and land degradation by 2030 -UK
Today at COP27 world leaders will launch the Forests and Climate Leaders’ Partnership (FCLP), committing to halt and reverse forest loss and land degradation by 2030 in the fight against climate change and as promised in the Glasgow Climate Pact.
At COP26 in Glasgow (2021) twelve donors committed to a collective Congo Basin pledge of at least US$1.5 billion of financing between 2021 and 2025. Over the course of 2021, the donors have collectively provided over $508 million towards the Congo Basin Pledge, with just under $311 million disbursed in the region so far. The report provides more detail on the collective spend, including case studies. Please download the 2021 report...
On the sidelines of this international climate governance conference, the Commission of the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS), gathering 11 member states1, is organizing today, November 7, 2022, at the DRC Pavilion (P80), from 12:30 pm the day of the ECCAS at COP 27, under the Leadership of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), country presiding over this instrument of regional integration. Please download the press release of the day...
Two major events for the ATIBT sectors are taking place every day at the 27th United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 27) in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, from 6 to 18 November 2022.
Distinguished delegates, ladies and gentlemen, it gives me great pleasure to declare open the twenty-seventh session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. Friends, let me begin by thanking our friends here in Egypt for such a warm welcome.
We are five days from the start of the 2022 UN Climate Change Conference (COP27). As COP President, Egypt is proud to host more than 45,000 registered COP27 participants representing Parties, UN and regional organizations, businesses, the scientific community, indigenous and local communities and civil society to jointly enhance and accelerate the implementation of climate action and follow up on our collective commitments and pledges. We hope that the welcoming people and natural beauty of Sharm El Sheikh can provide some inspiration for us to take the very needed meaningful steps to fight for the people and planet and save lives and livelihoods.
Cairo, Egypt - November 2022 – COP27, the 2022 United Nations Climate Change Conference, hosted by Egypt in Sharm El Sheikh will see delegates from around the world participate in the annual climate change negotiations. With over 40,000 estimated attendees, the summit is expected to host one of the largest number of participants in the annual global climate conference, which is running from November 6 to 18 in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt.
Gabon has just been certified for carbon credit by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The government welcomes a step forward for the marketing of carbon credits in Gabon. On Friday 7 October 2022, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) published́ its report on the technical analysis of Gabon’s activities over the period 2010-2018 on reducing emissions from deforestation, forest degradation, as well as conservation of forest carbon stocks, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of forest carbon stocks (REDD+).
Experts agree there has been “some movement” but inclusivity, political goodwill and resources are still needed. When leaders from 141 countries signed the Glasgow Declaration on Forests and Land Use, a critical step had been made in recognizing forests as critical in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement. However, what will it take to achieve these commitments? How have governments “walked the talk” so far and what support is needed to reach the six key efforts declared by the world leaders?
Previously unrecognized, the Congo Basin’s Cuvette Centrale is now seen as an important carbon sink and the world’s largest undisturbed tropical peatland. Safeguarding this newfound treasure means actors on both sides of the border between the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and the Republic of the Congo (RoC) will need to work together to anticipate threats and govern proactively.
Solving climate change without protecting forests and ending deforestation is an impossible task. The world forests provide important ecosystemic and livelihood services and are more than a store of carbon which needs protecting – they are also actively taking it up. By recent scientific estimates, forests absorb one-quarter of global fossil fuel emissions from the atmosphere every year.
Deadline Extension COP27: Call for proposals of side events for the “COMIFAC-ECCAS Initiatives Pavilion”
Following the request of several partners, we are pleased to inform you that the deadline for the submission of proposals for side events in the Pavilion has been extended to Monday 24 October at 12:00 GMT. This new deadline is compulsory.
A new step forward for certification in Gabon: the Société Équatoriale d'Exploitation Forestière (SEEF) is now OLB-EF certified - ATIBT
The ATIBT congratulates the Société Équatoriale d'Exploitation Forestière for obtaining its Origin and Legality of Timber (OLB) certificate issued in September by Bureau Veritas. After a long and rigorous process, the Société Équatoriale d'Exploitation Forestière (SEEF) has officially obtained its OLB-EF (Origin and Legality of Timber) certification. Issued on September 5, 2022 by Bureau Veritas Certification, this important distinction establishes SEEF as a Gabonese forestry company that guarantees the legality and geographical origin of the timber exploited.
Cairo, Egypt: 26 October 2022 – Egypt’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cisco today announced the company’s role as IT Services Provider of the 27th United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP27). Cisco, among others, will provide professional and technical services to design, implement and support the wireless network infrastructure at COP27 to enable highly secure connectivity for all attendees and the host nation.
The Fair&Precious marketing program is based on transversal commitments, supports that demonstrate the positive impact of certification, the involvement of beneficiaries, the development of partnerships with organizations from all horizons, but also regularly updated content.
The Green Climate Fund (GCF) Board concluded its 34th meeting, the fourth and last Board meeting of the year. The in-person meeting, held in Incheon, Republic of Korea, approved nine new climate projects worth USD 544.1 million in GCF funding and USD 1.7 billion with co-financing. With the new projects, GCF’s portfolio now comprises 209 projects and programmes and stands at USD 11.3 billion in GCF resources and USD 42.4 billion with co-financing.
A look back on the thematic day " Restoration of forest landscapes : stakes and operationality " - ATIBT
The ATIBT participated in the thematic day "Restoration of Forest Landscape" organized by the CST-Forêts on October 19 and coordinated by Bernard Mallet (CIRAD emeritus).
Four key agreements for climate projects (Funding Activity Agreement; FAA) were signed by the Green Climate Fund (GCF) and its partners on the margins of GCF’s 34th Board meeting (17-20 October 2022). They include climate resilience projects in the Maldives, Barbados, and Guinea-Bissau and GCF’s first at-scale private sector programme in the water sector.
MOP19 CBFP – Side event CIFOR - Woodfuel management and the first decade of REDD+ implementation in Central Africa: Realities and the way forward
The side event began with an introduction of Denis SONWA, followed by the presentation of the large articulations in front of furnished the sequence that was made by Abdon AWONO. He stressed the importance of the efficient management of wood energy in Central Africa in a context marked by global changes and where the majority of the population uses woodfuel as the main source of energy.
The climate crisis is leading to greater interest from countries and companies in forest-based solutions, such as the framework for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+). However, there are concerns about the risks that new investments pose to forest-dependent communities, such as Indigenous Peoples and local communities (IPs and LCs).
Following the adoption of Motion 23 on IFL (Intact Forest Landscapes) at the FSC General Assembly last week, FSC published an article on the topic. We relay it here. FSC members pass a motion to ramp up landscape-level conservation of Intact Forest Landscapes and Indigenous Cultural Landscapes at the FSC General Assembly 2021-2022
It might seem odd to imagine fish foraging for food in forests, but that’s exactly what happens in many floodplain ecosystems. When rivers rise in rainy seasons, some freshwater fish migrate out of their river channels and onto the surrounding floodplains, where they graze on seeds, fruits, leaves, invertebrates, and detritus. Some of those fish find their way into the nets and onto the lines of fisherpeople, and from there into local households: inland fisheries underpin the livelihoods and food security of millions of people around the world. But what happens to fishing communities when those floodplain forests no longer stand; when they’re felled and drained to be used in other ways?
The 26th meeting of the Committee on Forestry (COFO 26) was, simply put, quite unlike any other: it took place a good two years and a half into a global pandemic, seven months into an ongoing conflict. COFO 26, held in Rome at the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations from 3 to 7 October 2022, took place in the middle of a triple crisis, triggered by climate change, biodiversity loss and pollution. In his opening speech, FAO Director General Qu Dongyu reminded participants that, overlapping that crisis are food, feed, fuel and fertiliser price increases.
Congo : ARISE IIP signed a Framework Agreement with the Republic of Congo for the development of two industrial zones - ATIBT
ARISE IIP, a pan-African industrial developer and operator created from the Gabonese company ARISE, recently signed a framework agreement with the Republic of Congo for the development of two industrial zones in Pointe-Noire and Oyo.
FSC General Assembly : ATIBT is happy to announce that Motion 23 on Intact Forest Landscapes (IFL) passed - ATIBT
The FSC General Assembly has just ended after 6 days of discussions in Bali. We present here our first analysis. French was added as an official FSC language, and Motion 23 on IFLs, carried by ATIBT, was also widely adopted.
The Honourable Dr Christian Ruck, CBFP Facilitator of the Federal Republic of Germany, speaks at Extraordinary Council of Ministers of COMIFAC member countries held from 28 to 30 September 2022 in Kintele, Republic of Congo
On 30 September 2022, the CBFP Facilitator of the Federal Republic of Germany, the Honourable Dr Christian Ruck, spoke via videoconference at the "Extraordinary Meeting of the COMIFAC Council of Ministers in preparation for various Conferences of the Parties (CoPs) in 2022: Climate, Biodiversity and CITES. Please download the CBFP Facilitator’s speech...
Leaders will build on Glasgow legacy to establish Forests & Climate Leaders’ Partnership at COP27 - GOV.UK
The UK COP26 Presidency is inviting world leaders to come together to protect, conserve and restore the world's forests. COP26 President Alok Sharma is calling on world leaders to join the launch of the Forests and Climate Leaders’ Partnership at COP27, to scale up action to protect, conserve and restore the world’s forests while delivering sustainable development and promoting an inclusive rural transformation. He is also calling on future COP Presidencies to join the UK in maintaining momentum on forests year on year.
Berlin, September 19, 2022: Bezos Earth Fund has officially joined the Congo Basin Forest Partnership (CBFP). As part of the application process, Bezos Earth Fund has submitted the required documents and agreed to abide by the CBFP members’ cooperation framework in promoting sustainable management of forest ecosystems in Central Africa.
CAIRO – 2 October 2022: Egypt’s Foreign Minister and President-Designate of the 2022 UN Climate Change Conference (COP27) Sameh Shoukry will head to DR Congo on Sunday to attend COP27’s preparatory meeting (PRECOP27). The meeting comes within the framework of painstaking efforts exerted by Egypt ahead of the global climate conference, which will be held in the Red Sea resort city of Sharm El Sheikh in November, said Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ahmed Abu Zeid.
Egypt’s FM urges putting aside narrow interests, prioritizing spirit of collective responsibility ahead of COP27 - EGYPT TODAY
CAIRO – 3 October 2022: Egypt’s Foreign Minister and President-designate of UN Climate Change Conference 2022 (COP27) Sameh Shoukry has called for putting aside narrow national interests and prioritizing the spirit of collective responsibility. Shoukry’s remarks were made on Monday while addressing more than 60 ministers at PRECOP27 conference held in the Congolese capital of Kinshasa only a month ahead of COP27.
The Green Climate Fund (GCF) takes mainstreaming the voices of indigenous peoples into its operations a step further by hosting the first Indigenous People’s Advisory Group (IPAG) meeting on 26-28 September 2022.
MoP 19 -Libreville - Keynote Speech - Dr Richard Eba’a Atyi: The forests of the Congo Basin: Stakes, Challenges, opportunities and perspectives
The general context of forest management and conservation in central Africa… The socio-economic context of forest management and conservation in central Africa. The 4 key elements which have most impacts on forests management and conservation in central Africa… young population and strong population growth…
EDITO - Cites conference in Panama, the genera Afzelia, Khaya and Pterocarpus could find themselves listed in Annex 2 of Cites
At the next Cites conference in Panama, the genera Afzelia, Khaya and Pterocarpus could find themselves listed in Annex 2 of Cites with the support of the EU and its members, who do not always seem to evaluate the consequences of such a listing for the concerned producer countries. The ATIBT, as well as other organizations such as ITTO, have not been consulted, which is incomprehensible. Were the producing countries themselves consulted? What is the basis for the CITES and the European Union to target certain species?
CAIRO - 4 October 2022: Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry said on Tuesday Egypt pays attention to fostering security and stability in the Democratic republic of Congo (DRC). Shoukry's remarks came during his meeting with his Congolese counterpart Christophe Lutundula on the sidelines of the preparatory ministerial meeting for COP27 in Kinshasa, Foreign Ministry's Spokesman Ahmed Abu Zied said.
Brazil's civil society has proved a bulwark against President Bolsonaro's efforts to subvert the country’s democracy. As Brazil heads to the polls, Adriana Ramos outlines the social and environmental challenges ahead. Jair Bolsonaro’s reign as Brazil’s President has seen the greatest reversal of social and environmental protections in our nation’s history.
The now published Briefing Document outlines TRAFFIC’s views and advice on many of these priority issues and all the 52 proposals to amend the CITES Appendices on the agenda for CITES CoP19. The agenda of the 19th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International trade in Endangered Species of Fauna and Flora (CITES CoP19) will be unfolding in Panama City on 14-25 November 2022.
Introducing marine species information boards in Kenya and Tanzania: getting locals on board with artisanal fishing regulations – Traffic
In response to concerns over unsustainable and illegal catch and trade in East African nearshore fisheries, TRAFFIC has launched information boards to raise awareness of prohibited species among fishers and traders and aid compliance officers in identifying threatened marine species. The information boards, an output of the ReTTA1 project through support from WWF Kenya, have been placed at strategic landing sites in Kenya and Tanzania. They include a wide range of taxa, including turtles, dolphins, whales, sharks, molluscs, corals, and other marine species, all of which are protected by national law. In addition, trade in a number of the species is restricted internationally by CITES.
COMIFAC, ECCAS and its partners gathered within the CBFP hereby launch a call for proposals to host side events lasting no more than 90 minutes under the « COMIFAC-ECCAS Initiatives Pavilion », at the COP27 venue from 6 to 18 November 2022. The following guidelines are offered, however there is no set format for proposals. Applications should be submitted before 10 October 2022.
The two-day PRECOP 27 conference will precede and pave the way for the UN Climate Change Conference 2022 (COP 27) in Egypt, i.e. the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, the world’s largest forum aimed at developing a global policy to combat climate change. The goal of PRECOP 27 is to hold an open debate and prepare the Polish position on the most important issues on the agenda of this annual event. During the conference, participants will recap the outcomes of the previous Climate Summit (COP26) and define their expectations for the upcoming session in Egypt.
MoP19-CBFP-UK: His Excellency Rt Hon Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park's speech at CBFP MOP 19 in Libreville
…As we give the COP26 pledge a permanent home at the CBFP... And having committed to investing nearly a third of UK International Climate Finance – which we recently doubled – into nature, at least half of that in forests...we’re forging ahead with the work that our £200m commitment to the Congo Basin pledge will support…through the brilliant Forests, Governance, Markets, and Climate Programme, our newly established transboundary Biodiverse Landscapes Fund, and a new bilateral programme that we’re designing ahead of COP27…alongside our £32m contribution to CAFI. We know CAFI needs to change – and we’re committed to that as well.... Find out more...
The Green Climate Fund (GCF)’s Global Programming Conference (GPC) wrapped up with key conclusions that will inform GCF’s strategy around the Fund’s upcoming second replenishment and strategic programming priorities for the period 2024-2027. The three-day conference (15-17 September) convened Ministers and high-level dignitaries, GCF National Designated Authorities or Focal Points, Accredited Entities and Delivery Partners to Incheon, Republic of Korea, GCF’s host country. Over 400 participants, including approximately 40 Ministers and high-level representatives, engaged in plenary sessions, ministerial panels, and bilateral meetings, as well as a project marketplace that brought together project developers, countries, and GCF experts to match ideas with climate finance.
MoP 19: Mechanism, Coordination of Financing for the Protection of Tropical Forests in Central Africa
The high-level meeting on the international financial architecture for biodiversity was held on July 5 and 6, 2022 in Libreville, Gabon. The panel was composed of CAFI, AfDB, AFD and the EU on July 5, and KFW and Winrock on July 6. The finding is that there is chaos in the actions of donors to the forests of the Congo Basin. In the Congo Basin there are 35 funding initiatives in total, including a concern for coordination. It is a question of reflecting on the best coordination mechanism and also on the PES and their indicators; to look at what are the mechanisms to reassure the private sector...
MOP19 – CBFP- Architecture, Coordinating Funding for the protection of Central Africa’s tropical forests– Preliminary report
On 5 and 6 July 2022, Libreville, Gabon hosted a high-level meeting on the global finance framework for biodiversity. The panel was initially comprised on July 5 of CAFI, the ADB, AFD, and the EU, and completed on July 6 by KFW and Winrock. It has been observed that the donors’ activities in the Congo Basin forests are mired in chaos. There are 35 funding efforts overall in the Congo Basin, with coordination being a challenge. In order to reassure the private sector, there is a need to reflect on developing an optimal coordination system as well as review the PES and their indicators. Please download the preliminary report
On 14 September 2022, the European Parliament voted on proposals to amend the EU‘s Renewable Energy Directive (RED). Changing problematic incentives for burning forest biomass was the most contentious issue in an otherwise fairly consensual file, as most MEPs agree that overall renewable energy ambitions should be considerably increased.
An area of Europe equivalent to one-fifth of Belgium has burned so far this year, the greatest surface at this point in the calendar year since records began in 2006. As this and the other realities of the climate crisis made their presence felt, Professor Sten B. Nilsson wrote an opinion piece for Euractiv outlining how to prevent Europe’s forest fires.
At the start of the new academic year, the United Nations Regional Information Centre in Bonn together with UNCCD, hosted a group of graduate students from Côte d’Ivoire, Germany and Kenya to discuss the Convention’s work on combating drought and desertification and the role of science in supporting good land stewardship. Two dozen students who visited UN Bonn are a part of the programme launched by the German Center for Development Research (ZEF) in 2021, together with the Universities of Cologne, Abidjan and Nairobi as part of the new DAAD Global Environment and Climate Center Initiative.
Droughtland campaign featured in the margins of the General Assembly discussions on new ways to promote SDGs - UNCCD
On the sidelines of the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, the UNCCD took part in a high-level event at the opening night of Goals House held at the iconic Tavern on the Green in Central Park on 18 September 2022.
New York, September 19, 2022 – The African Union Development Agency-NEPAD in partnership with Afreximbank, co-launched the AUDA-NEPAD Energize Africa initiative on the margins of the 77th United Nations General Assembly in New York. The Energize Africa initiative recognises that Africa’s youth and women – making up more than half of the continent’s populations - must be at the core of Africa’s economic growth and inclusive development strategies.
Press Release: Climate Finance to Address Global Challenges on Climate Change, Land Degradation and Biodiversity Loss - NEPAD
New York, September 20, 2022 – Climate financing will play an important role in unlocking Africa’s potential to combat climate change. It is estimated that Africa requires about 2.5 trillion dollars of climate finance between 2020 and 2030 averaging about 250 billion dollars each year. However, the total annual climate finance flows in Africa for 2020 were only 30 billion dollars, which is just about 12 percent of the amount needed.
Global Leadership Council unveiled to scale up clean, reliable energy and stop global warming - AFDB
22-Sep-2022 - The battle to stop global warming from rising above the catastrophic 1.5 degree Celsius received a boost on Wednesday as the newly launched Global Leadership Council got down to business during the 77th session of the UN General Assembly in New York.
As the world faces multiple crises dominated by new conflicts, the COVID-19 pandemic, climate change, economic shocks, and growing inequalities, development has been halted or even reversed across several domains, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO).
The African Union (AU) Youth for Peace Africa Programme, the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), and the United Nations Office to the African Union (UNOAU) have launched a serious game known as “Mission55 Conflict in Anaka”, to commemorate the International Day of Peace (Peace Day) 2022. The game, which the AU and GIZ developed, aims to raise awareness, educate and inform the public, particularly youth, on the mandate of the AU to promote good governance, peace and security in Africa.
African Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) in eastern and southern Africa have been prompted to support and promote the implementation of the African Union’s Free Movement Protocol (FMP) and the Migration Policy Framework for Africa (MPFA). The call to action to CSOs was made during the opening of the second Regional CSO Sensitization Forum on the Continental Free Movement Protocol organized by the AU Economic, Social, and Cultural Council (AU-ECOSOCC) with support from the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ).
September 15, 2022 (NAIROBI, Kenya): The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) today launched the IGAD Regional Trade Policy 2022-2026 in Nairobi. Representatives of IGAD Member States from Ministry of Trade and Heads of Chamber of Commerce and Industry, representatives of partners such as the African Development Bank (AfDB), and the Pan-African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PACCI) attended the one-day event.
New biodiversity commitments announced as world leaders declare nature summit COP15 a priority - GEF
New commitments aimed at catalyzing biodiversity finance and conservation were unveiled today at a high-level event convened on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly to showcase action and support for a nature-positive world. New initiatives announced include €0.87 billion of new funding from the German government; a 10 point plan for financing biodiversity, endorsed by 16 initial countries; and the next phase of the High Ambition Coalition for Nature and People (HAC for Nature and People 2.0)...
Nancy Karigithu is Kenya’s Ambassador and Special Envoy for Shipping and the Blue Economy. In an interview, she explained how the maritime sector can reduce pollution, rein in carbon emissions, and combat wildlife trafficking on a global scale.
Patricia Zurita is CEO of BirdLife International, a leading conservation organization that works with 115 national partner organizations and 13 million members to protect birds and their habitats worldwide. In an interview marking BirdLife’s 100th anniversary, she shared her vision for how the world can create a healthy environment for healthy societies in the coming century.
Media Release: Governments Meet on Science and Evidence to Address Global Biodiversity Crisis - ipbes
Bonn, Germany – Representatives of almost 140 Governments will begin a week-long meeting on Sunday in Bonn, Germany to advance the science and evidence necessary to address the global biodiversity crisis. The ninth session of the Plenary of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (#IPBES9) will be the first in-person meeting, since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, of the global body tasked with presenting decision-makers with the best-available science and expertise, to inform policy and action on nature.
Hindou, a Mbororo Indigenous pastoralist woman, is the founder of the Association of Indigenous Peul Women and Peoples of Chad (AFPAT), a community-based organization focused on promoting the rights of girls and women in the Mbororo community and inspiring leadership and advocacy in environmental protection. She is an influential climate leader in Africa, advocating for the importance of traditional knowledge for building resilience of Indigenous and forest communities to cope with the climate crisis.
Enforcement officers new to the fight against wildlife crime have put a suite of TRAFFIC resources and newly developed materials to the test in a series of trainings in Southeast Asia. The face-to-face trainings with newly designed materials have been critical in bringing up-to-date information and tools to frontliners in some of the region’s major wildlife trade hotspots. However, staff turnover, regulatory changes, and evolving trends in wildlife crime mean there is a constant need for training.” Renee Yee, TRAFFIC’s Training and Capacity Building Officer in Southeast Asia
UN Women and the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) issued a report, which presents evidence on gender equality across all 17 SDGs. Emphasizing the pivotal role of gender equality in driving progress on the entire 2030 Agenda, the report warns that global crises, such as the COVID-19 pandemic, violent conflict, and climate change have exacerbated gender disparities.
The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) regional offices for Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), and the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) published the results of a regional assessment of progress towards SDG 4 (quality education). The report highlights the urgent need for more investment and social participation to enable a systemic transformation of education.
On the occasion of the International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples, 9 August 2022, we reflect on the important role of indigenous women in the preservation and the transmission of traditional knowledge.
COP 15 PRESIDENCY: latest news from Huang Runqiu, President of the COP 15 and Minister of Ecology and Environment of China – CBD
On September 12, Huang Runqiu, President of the Fifteenth Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (COP 15) and Minister of the Ministry of Ecology and Environment, had a video meeting with Virginijus Sinkevičius, EU Commissioner for Environment, Oceans and Fisheries. The two sides had in-depth exchanges on the second part of COP 15 and key issues related to the post-2020 global biodiversity framework (GBF) .
From 19 September to 20 November 2022, learn to develop a step-by-step ecosystem restoration plan and apply effective restoration solutions in your national and sub-national context. Now is the time to restore our damaged ecosystems. Join a FREE MOOC on Ecosystem Restoration on the Learning for Nature platform.
We, the representatives of Central African civil society who participated in-person and virtually in the 19th Meeting of Parties of the Congo Basin Forest Partnership (CBFP), which was organized by the Federal Republic of Germany and took place from 5 to 8 July, 2022, in Libreville, Republic of Gabon, came together on 6 July 2022, as part of a strategic workshop of civil society organizations working to ensure effective management of natural resources in Congo Basin countries…
Berlin, 12th September 2022, the International Bamboo and Rattan Organization (INBAR), has officially joined the 124 members of the Congo Basin Forest Partnership (CBFP). INBAR has submitted its application and consented to the CBFP members’ cooperation framework to promote sustainable management of forest ecosystems in Central Africa.
CBFP RDP 19: Main conclusions of Streams of the 19th Meeting of the Parties of the CBFP: Strong messages and recommendations...
Please download the recommendations, conclusions, messages coming out of the deliberations of Streams 1a, 1b, 2 and 3, Technical Segment of the MOP 19 of the CBFP of Libreville towards sustainable development for Central Africa’s countries, people, forests and biodiversity...These conclusions also serve as a roadmap for the partners to implement the "Declaration of commitment of COMIFAC Member States to the forests of Central Africa and call for equitable financing" and the “Joint Declaration of the Congo Basin donors of COP26”…
MoP 19 - CIFOR - USFS: Peatlands, mangroves, and other wetlands: climate responses in the Congo Basin
Please kindly consult the main conclusions of the two side events organised by CIFOR and USFS in the margins of CBFP MOP 19 on: Slot 1: Current scientific activities on peatlands (and other wetlands) in the Congo Basin and Slot 2: Early responses to protect and manage peatlands in the Congo Basin.
A new member of the great CBFP family: Welcome to the Republic of Korea (ROK) represented by the Korean Forest Service (KFS)!
Berlin, 12th August 2022, the Republic of Korea (ROK), represented by the Korea Forest Service (KFS), has officially joined the Congo Basin Forest Partnership (CBFP). ROK has submitted their application and consented to the CBFP members’ cooperation framework in promoting sustainable management of forest ecosystems in Central Africa.
The UN Global Compact published its China strategy seeking “to unlock the potential of business and other stakeholders to maximize their impact on the SDGs and contribute to sustainable development in China and the rest of the world.” The document recognizes China’s local priorities while striving to align itself with the UN Global Compact’s Ten Principles and global ambition.
Participants at the 2022 World Water Week, which convened against the backdrop of the flooding in Pakistan, the food crisis in Africa, and the drying rivers of Europe, highlighted the need for investments and political will to implement available water solutions.
The latest Human Development Report, published by the UN Development Programme (UNDP), warns that due to the impacts of the multiple crises, mounting layers of uncertainty, and increasing polarization, human development has dropped to its 2016 levels, “reversing much of the progress” towards the SDGs. Yet, it argues, there is “promise and opportunity in uncertainty” to “reimagine our futures, to renew and adapt our institutions and to craft new stories about who we are and what we value.”
Berlin September 7, 2022. Honourable Dr. Christian Ruck, CBFP Facilitator of the Federal Republic of Germany travelled to Brussels to co-host together with the Member of the European Parliament from the Group of the European People's Party (EPP) Dr. Angelika Niebler, a casual round table on the importance of the EU’s support in achieving better protection of the Congo Basin Forests, including through a “Fair Deal” mechanism for long-term financing of the region by means of payments for ecosystem services approach.
Delegates to the fourth session of the Intersessional Process for Considering the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM) and the Sound Management of Chemicals and Waste Beyond 2020 (IP4) advanced their work on the outline for a future global policy framework to promote chemical safety.
A strong majority of Europeans think businesses are failing in their responsibility to protect the world’s forests and therefore support a new law to ban products that destroy them. On Amazon Rainforest Day, a new poll shows that an overwhelming majority of Europeans (82%) believe businesses should not sell products that destroy the world’s forests and think (78%) that the government needs to ban products that drive deforestation. When informed that the European Parliament has proposed such a law, support rises to 81 per cent.
MEPs have a crucial chance to ensure smallholders around the world don’t pay the price for EU efforts to end deforestation. When the European Commission published its proposal for a Regulation on deforestation-free products in November 2021, it was hailed as a landmark in the fight against deforestation.
Will the EU biomass loophole give a lifeline to energy giant EPH’s coal power plants? “A carbon bomb in the heart of Europe” investigates the rapidly growing Czech energy company EPH’s exploitation of loopholes in the European Union’s (EU) Renewable Energy Directive. The loopholes allow Member States to offer subsidies to extend the life of power stations. EPH is using such subsidies to burn biomass from forests, thereby dangerously delaying the energy sector’s decarbonisation.
On 28 June 2022, European Union Council of Environment Ministers (Council) adopted their opinion on the Commission’s proposal for a deforestation-free regulation intended to rein in the forest destruction caused by EU consumption of coffee, cocoa, palm oil, soya, beef and wood. While the text makes certain advances, other concerns and notable omissions must be addressed by the European Parliament when it adopts its position in mid-September.
CBFP MOP19; Summary of proceedings of side Event II: Monitoring the implementation of the N’Djamena Declaration and the development of Country Investment Plans in preparation for N’Djamena 2
A side-event entitled "Monitoring the implementation of the N'Djamena Declaration and the Development of Country Investment Plans in preparation for N'Djamena 2” was held on 07 July 2022. Experts from the 3 geographical and thematic blocs of the N'DJAMENA Declaration attended the day of strategic reflection on the subject of transhumance. A roadmap and a logical framework which the experts had established during previous work sessions were presented at the meeting. Other presentations delivered during the gathering highlighted the wide range of activities conducted by conservation actors, from the perspective of peaceful management of transhumance.
MOP19 CBFP - Summary of proceedings of DYNAFAC side events: From Mbaiki to Bambidie, 40 years monitoring the dynamics of production forests
The DYNAFAC side event consisted of presentations reviewing the results of 40 years of research on forest dynamics and ended with draft recommendations for policy makers. The first presentation entitled "Structure, diversity and dynamics of Central African forests: main achievements of the DynAfFor and P3FAC projects" was delivered by Sylvie GOURLET-FLEURY (CIRAD, France) and Félix ALLAH-BAREM (ICRA, CAR), and the second presentation entitled “Population dynamics of commercial species in Central Africa: main achievements of the DynAfFor and P3FAC projects” was delivered by Jean-Louis DOUCET (Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech – University of Liège, Belgium) and Franck MONTHE (Nature+ asbl, Belgium).
Final Press Release: Thirteenth Workshop of COMIFAC Protected Areas and Wildlife Sub-Working Group (SGTAPFS)
The 13th Workshop of the Central African Forest Commission's Sub-Working Group on Protected Areas and Wildlife (SGTAPFS) took place in Libreville, Republic of Gabon, from 11 to 15 July 2022. The German Cooperation through the GIZ Regional Project to Support COMIFAC, the European Union through the ECOFAC VI Program, and WCS provided technical and financial support for the workshop, which was coordinated by the institution's Executive Secretariat.
CBFP - MOP 19- Final Press Release- Ministerial Session - Binational Supervisory and Arbitration Committee (CBSA) for Cooperation between Cameroon and Chad on Bouba Ndjidda and Séna Oura
The Binational Supervisory and Arbitration Committee (CBSA), on the Cooperation Agreement between Cameroon and Chad for the concerted management of the Bouba Ndjidda and Séna Oura cross-border protected area complex, has held its second session at the invitation of Mr. Jules Doret NDONGO, Minister of Forests and Wildlife of Cameroon and Current President of CBSA. Kindly download the documents....
The Climate Focus side event, entitled “The Forest Declaration Assessment - How to achieve the 2030 goals in the Congo Basin” took place on 5 July 2022 during the 19th Meeting of Parties of the Congo Basin Forest Partnership. Following a brief overview of the project, five regional experts took the floor in a string of presentations on a variety of forestry-related topics.
We, the members of the CBFP Civil Society College represented by CEFDHAC and its affiliated networks (REPAR, REFADD, REJEFAC, REPALEAC, ReRaC, SEEAC, RECEIAC, RECTRAD), and ROSCEVAC, are honoured to release this "Declaration" endorsing the conclusions of the Civil Society College held on 07 July 2022 at the Radisson Blu hotel in Libreville, Gabon, in preparation for the pre-COP 27 common position note, and recommend the following...
CBFP - RDP 19- Final Press Release - Ministerial Session - Tri-national Supervision and Arbitration Committee (CTSA) on the Fight against Poaching (AT-LAB): Cameroon, CAR, Chad
The N'Djamena Tri-national Supervision and Arbitration Committee (CTSA) on the Cooperation Agreement between Cameroon, the Central African Republic and Chad on the fight against poaching (AT-LAB) held its third meeting. The meeting was convened by Mr. MAHAMAT AHMAT LAZINA, Chadian Minister of the Environment, Fisheries and Sustainable Development and Chairman of the CTSA.
CBFP MOP 19 - WWF Side Event: African Forest Elephants - Update on field activities and reflections on joint efforts to ensure their long-term conservation and coexistence with people
The overall objective of this workshop was to mobilise more partners for a synergy of efforts for the preservation of this species which is central to the ecological processes of the Congo Basin forests. Specifically, it aimed to Bring together the different technical partners to share experiences on forest elephants and their coexistence with humans;To question CBFP partners on the importance of continuing to support conservation actions for the last remaining populations of forest elephants...
Biodiversity Conservation – SGTAPFS13: COMIFAC: 13th meeting of COMIFAC’s Central African Protected Areas and Wildlife Sub-Working Group
The COMIFAC Executive Secretariat, Directors of Wildlife and Protected Areas, Heads of national sub-regional park agencies, as well as COMIFAC’s technical and financial partners, gathered in Libreville from 11 to 15 July 2022 for the 13th meeting of the Protected Areas and Wildlife Sub-Working Group of the Central African Forest Commission (COMIFAC). The meeting was held with technical and financial support from WCS, the European Union as part of ECOFAC 6 and the German technical cooperation through the GIZ Regional Project to support COMIFAC mandated by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development abbreviated BMZ.
The first African Parks Congress (APAC) of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), entitled ‘African protected areas for people and nature’ took place from 18 to 23 July 2022 in Kigali, Rwanda. The fair held during the event featured a hundred exhibitors, with several organizations represented - including the Central African Forest Commission. With exhibits highlighting the sub-region’s know-how as well as networking opportunities to forge international partnerships, Central African actors did everything they could to be noticed, making the ECCAS-COMIFAC pavilion the most visited pavilion at APAC 2022.
From July 5 and July 8, 2022, the city of Libreville, Gabon hosted the 19th Meeting of Parties to the Congo Basin Forest Partnership. Through workshops, talks, and round tables, participants spent four (4) days figuring out how to speed up the implementation of the COMIFAC Declaration, the Glasgow Declaration on the "Fair Deal," and all other outcomes of the international conferences.
The UN Global Compact, with support from partners, is offering a six-month accelerator to challenge and support participating companies in setting ambitious corporate targets and accelerating integration of the SDGs into core business management. The programme aims to unlock business value, build resilience, and enable long-term growth.
New research in Zambia highlights the high volumes collected of a wide range of wild foods – from insects to freshwater fish to leafy greens and tubers – in rural areas across all of the country’s agroecological zones. “Across Zambia, many types of wild food were collected by every rural household surveyed, except one, and in substantial amounts,” said Ashley Steel, a forest officer with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and lead author of the paper, which was published this month in People and Nature.
Acceleration has been one of the more popular concepts in the discussions on the 2030 Agenda. The notion of picking up the pace on development goals is indeed appealing. Yet, we should be mindful not to pursue acceleration for its own sake. Ahead of the Transforming Education Summit convening from 16-19 September in New York, the education community needs to ensure that its outcome brings real positive change to all students.
Amid a call for urgent action to safeguard the continent from climate change, Gabon’s President Ali Bongo Ondimba opened the 2022 Africa Climate Week by highlighting his country’s efforts to boost climate action and calling for continuous collective efforts.
19th Meeting of the Parties of the Congo Basin Forest Partnership ( MOP19): Final communiqué available for download...
From July 5 to 8, 2022, the Members Parties of the Congo Basin Forest Partnership (CBFP) met in Libreville, Gabonese Republic, for their 19th meeting and celebrated the 20th anniversary of their Partnership. The 19th meeting of the Parties to the CBFP brought together approximately 600 participants representing Central African countries, donors, international organizations, NGOs, civil society, representatives of research institutions and representatives of the private sector. Please download the final communiqué of the MOP19....
An Article of the Worldpoliticsreview.com underlines the conclusions of Libreville CBFP Mop 19th Stream 1a of Event: The Electric Vehicle Boom Isn’t All Good News for the Environment ( Lyuba Zarsky)
Analysis of this review underlines the conclusions of Libreville CBFP Mop 19th Stream 1a of Event: Emissions from the mining of minerals needed to manufacture EVs needs to be offset at source if they are to have a net positive impact on climate change. Many of the minerals are going to be coming from the Congo Basin.You may find this review of the potential climate impacts of the fast-growing market for Electric Vehicles (EVs) on the demand for minerals that are needed – particularly for the construction of their batteries...
Africa’s systems of protected and conserved areas are the backbone of the natural infrastructure underpinning the development aspirations set out in Agenda 2063 — and integral to global goals for addressing climate change, biodiversity loss, and desertification. Unfortunately, the vast majority of Africa’s over 8,600 protected and conserved areas are under-resourced, leaving them vulnerable to encroachment, conversion, and degradation.
MoP 19 - CAFI: Summary of CAFI’s two side-events at the margins of the CBFP MoP19 in Libreville, Gabon, July 2022
High-level roundtable on the vision 2030 for the Central African Forest Initiative (CAFI) - Libreville, 7 July 2022 and Annual Forum of the Central African Forest Initiative (CAFI. Libreville, 6 July 2022... Please download the Summaries...
Having come close to reaching consensus, delegates negotiating a new high seas treaty agreed to reconvene in early 2023 to conclude the talks. According to the Earth Negotiations Bulletin (ENB) summary report of the meeting, many were optimistic that another round of talks may get them “over the finish line.”
The AGN comprises a leadership collective – the lead coordinators and strategic advisors – including thematic coordinators, previous chairs of the AGN, the AGN plenary which consists of UNFCCC focal points of each African country and their national delegations, as well as the AGN secretary. The lead coordinators and strategic advisors meet at least three times a year to prepare group positions and strategies for the negotiation sessions for endorsement and adoption the by AGN plenary to maintain a unified African voice in the climate negotiations. All 54 African countries are members.
Gabon is one of the most forested countries globally, with over 88% of its total surface area (267,667 km ²) covered by rainforests. The vast forested lands provide food, medicine, energy, and a source of spirituality to millions of people in the Congo Basin region, the second largest set of lungs in the world, after the Amazon. Gabon's forests house wildlife and megafauna, including 60% of the remaining critically endangered forest elephants, also known as the "architects" or "gardeners" of the forest, for their roles in supporting healthy ecosystems. It also maintains a significant population of western lowland gorillas, mandrill monkeys, forest buffalos, and noteworthy birdlife. Africa’s “last Garden of Eden” also absorbs a total of 140 million tons of CO2 every year.
Please download the Summary of the Parallel Event Commodities and Deforestation of July 5, 2022 on the theme: Reducing Deforestation in Commodity Supply Chains in the Congo Basin: Recent Initiatives, Constraints and Future Perspectives...
CBFP MOP19 - SWM Event - Participatory, science- and rights-based community development of sustainable village hunting models: Experiences and prospects in the Congo Basin
Libreville 07-07-2022. The Sustainable Wildlife Management Programme organised a side event at MOP19 from 13:00 to 15:00. The key messages from this meeting are the following: The diversity of socio-ecological, cultural, demographic, epidemiological and economic contexts in the sub-region requires different models of wildlife management to adapt best to local realities, and in doing so, be more user-friendly and effective. Developing these models requires multidisciplinary approaches that take into account the three dimensions - ecological, economic and social - of sustainability....
MOP19 CBFP - GIZ: Towards a Triangular-Trilateral Project: Central Africa - China - Germany: Tropical Timber Trade Facility (TTT)
Libreville (Gabon), 8 July 2022 - During the 19th Meeting of the Parties of the CBFP, about 30 participants took part in a side event organised by GIZ in Tent 1 of the Raidsson blu Hotel, on a new regional project "A Triangular-Trilateral Project: Central Africa-China-Germany: Tropical Timber Trade Facility (TTT)”.
CBFP MOP19 - FAO: Assessment of Deforestation and Forest Degradation and Associated Direct Drivers Using SEPAL - Results and Prospects
Deforestation and forest degradation are complex processes that transcend borders and have many direct and underlying causes. To develop policies and take action to address forest loss and reduce associated carbon emissions, it is important to fully understand where and how anthropogenic drivers lead to forest disturbance in the Congo Basin.
On 6 July 2022, the CBFP Facilitation, in collaboration with Fern and the Central Africa Forest Initiative (CAFI), organised a High-Level Roundtable on an inclusive partnership with the European Union to combat deforestation and promote sustainable development in the Congo Basin on the margins of the 19th Meeting of the Parties of the Congo Basin Forest Partnership (CBFP).
CBFP MOP19 - FLAG Event - "Civil Society Monitoring and Legal Watch Actions for the Protection of Central African Forests": Points Adopted
Organized on July 06, 2022 by Field Legality Advisory Group (FLAG), Conservation Justice (CJ) and Brainforest, the side-event "Actions of follow-up and legal watch by the civil society for the protection of Central African forests" had as main objective to highlight the initiatives of follow-up on the environmental litigation and to discuss ways and means for an increase of similar actions. To this end, the co-organisers presented the results of their actions, including the challenges and stakes of follow-up on disputes arising from natural resource management in the Congo Basin, before an online and in-person audience.
Yaoundé, 26 July 2022. Mrs. Esso Rosy, vice-president of the follow-up of NSAF's recommendations has successfully carried the voice of Rejefac's young leaders on the theme: green entrepreneurship, innovation and sustainable development, during the visit of the French President H.E. Emmanuel Macron during his visit to Cameroon.
Please download the Presentation by Kathleen H. Fitzgerald, Senior Advisor Global Wildlife Program | July 2022... This presentation was made during Stream 2 of the Congo Basin Forest Partnership's (CBFP) 19th Meeting of the Parties (MOP 19) from 5 to 8 July 2022 in Libreville, Gabon.
RDP19 - CBFP – WWF- Follow-up of the impacts of conservation programs: Some examples from WWF in the Congo Basin.
Side Event Presentation, Date: 07/07/2022, Location: Libreville 2, Time: 13:40 - 14:30. Session summary: This side event was an opportunity to present the impact follow-up strategy and its foundations; with a demonstration of impacts on several sites, informing participants about the state of conservation of some protected areas in the Congo Basin. Please download the documents....
This report places the Congo Basin’s Forest ecosystems in a global context characterised by debates that will guide the management of the entire world's tropical forests over the coming decades. It also addresses topical issues such as peatland management and questions about the relationship between the management of biodiversity resources and the emergence or re-emergence of zoonotic diseases, of which COVID-19 has particularly affected the context of its writing.
CBFP MOP 19 - Event ClientEarth and Brainforest - Participatory forestry: What achievement in Gabon? What lessons for the Congo Basin?
19th Meeting of the Parties of the CBFP, Radison Blu Hotel, Libreville, 06 July 2022 - As the global challenges of combating the climate crisis and biodiversity erosion increasingly focus on the protection of tropical forests, ClientEarth in partnership with Brainforest launched an invitation to discuss the political and legal basis for placing communities at the centre of forest management. The panel focused on experiences of implementing community forestry in Gabon, including opportunities and challenges. The session was marked by two phases of presentations and discussions respectively.
MOP19 CBFP - WWF Session Report: African Forest Elephants - Update on field activities and reflections on joint efforts to ensure their long-term conservation and coexistence with people
This session clarified the subsidiary, though indispensable, role of human-elephant conflict mitigation methods. It underlined the importance for conservation actors to work towards human-elephant coexistence, which is the only way to ensure the preservation of elephants and the well-being of local communities. It should be remembered that true human-elephant coexistence is a state of cohabitation where the well-being of humans and elephants is ensured in a sustainable manner. As elephants are in the same natural environment as humans, with mutual aggression linked to conflicts of interest between the two and among humans, this state of coexistence can only be achieved if communities exceed the levels of tolerance and acceptance of elephants....
CBFP MOP19 - LLF Event - Conservation and Safeguards: Social and Human Rights Safeguards in Conservation - Synergies and Lessons Learned
The Legacy Landscapes Fund organised this session with the intention of sharing good practices and creating synergies and lessons learned among conservation actors in the application of social and human rights safeguards in conservation. The Legacy Landscapes Fund is a conservation fiduciary fund that aims to protect some of the most important landscapes for biodiversity and climate on this planet in perpetuity. Therefore, it is extremely important for all stakeholders involved that these Legacy Landscapes are managed in accordance with environmental and social safeguards in order to prevent and mitigate any potential negative impact that any action may have on the environment itself, but also on the staff and the indigenous and local people who live in and around these landscapes.
CBFP - MoP 19 - REMARKS - His Excellency Jochen Flasbarth, State Secretary in the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development
This is a synthesis of the Speech by the MOP19 Secretariat. As Chair of both the CBFP as well as the CAFI Executive Board, Germany would like to take this opportunity to underline its commitment to a continued fruitful collaboration with our Central Africa partners and all stakeholders in the region. We all know that the Central African forests are key to our survival on this planet. This is why we are here....
The 15th United Nations Conference of the Parties on Biodiversity (COP15) will take place in Kunming, China, from 25 April to 8 May 2022. In the run-up to this meeting, representatives of 150 countries met from 14 to 29 March 2022 in Geneva, Switzerland, to negotiate the draft global framework that should be adopted at COP15. For African negotiators, the continent will need funding of between $100 billion and $700 billion a year to protect its rich biodiversity.
CBFP MoP 19 - USG: Launching CARPE IV Event – United States Government's renewed commitment to the Congo Basin
LIBREVILLE, GABON — The United States Government is renewing its longstanding commitment to the protection, conservation, and sustainable management of the Congo Basin, the world’s second largest tropical rainforest with the launch of the fourth phase of the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Central Africa Regional Program for the Environment, also known as CARPE. The U.S. Embassy in Libreville detailed the U.S. government’s renewed commitment to the Congo Basin at the Congo Basin Forest Partnership (CBFP) Meeting of Parties held July 5‐8, 2022, in Libreville, Gabon.
Meeting of the Congo Basin Forest Partnership in Gabon: Germany commits 45 million euros for the conservation of the Congo forest
8 July 2022, Libreville – Germany has committed 45 million euros for the conservation of the Congo forest – one of the largest remaining carbon stores worldwide. That was announced today by Development State Secretary Jochen Flasbarth at the Annual Meeting of the Congo Basin Partnership in Libreville (Gabon). The forest partnership which is aimed at conserving the unique tropical region is celebrating its 20th anniversary. The region is of tremendous importance both as a carbon sink and for biodiversity. The Congo Basin forest is the second largest tropical forest after the Amazon rainforest and it is the largest carbon sink worldwide. Germany is currently chairing the Partnership. This engagement is also a contribution to the global biodiversity conference in December 2022.
Libreville (Gabonese Republic) - 7 July 2022 - The 10th CBFP Governing Council Meeting was held on held on 7 July 2022 and chaired by Hon. Dr. Christian Ruck, CBFP Facilitator of the Federal Republic of Germany, co-chaired by His Excellency Mr. Jules Doret Ndongo, Minister of Forestry and Wildlife of Cameroon, current Chairman of COMIFAC and hosted by His Excellency Prof. Lee White, represented by His Excellency Michel Stéphane Bonda, Minister Delegate of the Ministry of Water and Sanitation of Cameroon. Lee White, represented by His Excellency Michel Stéphane Bonda, Minister Delegate of the Ministry of Water, Forestry, Sea and Environment in charge of the Climate Plan and Land Use Plan, Gabon.
MOP19 CBFP – SWM event - Participatory, science-based and community rights-based development of sustainable village hunting models: experiences and prospects in the Congo Basin
Libreville 07-07-2022. The Sustainable Wildlife Management (SWM) Programme organized a side event at RDP19 from 1:00 to 3:00 pm. Key messages from the side event include: The diversity of socio-ecological, cultural, demographic, epidemiologic and economic contexts in the sub-region, requires different wildlife management models to best fit local realities, and, doing so, be better accepted by users and more effective. To develop those models, multi-disciplinary approaches that consider all three – ecological, economic and social – dimensions of sustainability are needed.... Please download the document...
MOP19 CBFP – Stream 2 - Joining hands to strengthen the backbone of Africa’s natural infrastructure: a vision for protected & conserved areas
Libreville July 5 13:00 – 14:30 Stream (2) Biodiversity: The Future of Protected Areas. The Africa Protected Areas Director (APAD) forum is a platform and network open to the representatives of national authorities of Protected Areas operating throughout Africa. APAD aims to foster information sharing, develop a common agenda for Africa's protected areas, facilitate collaboration and collective responsibility among the Africa Protected Areas Directors. The platform is underpinned by an Africa-led agenda for protected and conserved areas as the backbone of natural infrastructure.
CBFP MoP 19 - Side Event - GIZ: ‘Future of transboundary pastoralism’: Main take-aways and recommendations
...Policy decisions and legislative measures aim to regulate pastoralism and require coordination between the different regulations. It is essential to draw in evidence-based facts and to be conflict sensitive by bringing the relevant actors on the table. The knowledge about regulations (regional, national, sub-national) and Follow-up on implementation require attention... Kindly download the Summary of the Event under the CBFP Website.
19th Meeting of the Parties of the Congo Basin Forest Partnership ( MOP19): Final communiqué available for download...
From July 5 to 8, 2022, the Members Parties of the Congo Basin Forest Partnership (CBFP) met in Libreville, Gabonese Republic, for their 19th meeting and celebrated the 20th anniversary of their Partnership. The 19th meeting of the Parties to the CBFP brought together approximately 600 participants representing Central African countries, donors, international organizations, NGOs, civil society, representatives of research institutions and representatives of the private sector. Please download the final communiqué of the MOP19....
MOP19 CBFP – Side event CIFOR - Evolution of measuring, reporting, and verification (MRV) after a decade of REDD+ in Central Africa: key messages
The event was based on knowledge exchange on the evolution of MRV in central Africa. It combined direct presentations including online and physical participation and had as objective to review and share lessons on more than a decade of REDD+ MRV in Central Africa, to take stock and map the way forward for improving MRV and Transparency systems in the region. The event was comprised of 4 presentations.
Between July and October 2022, Central Africa is and will be the centre of the World for the planet, for humanity... Experience these events...It is even more important to underline the "Fair Deal" and need for Central Africa to closely line up to take full advantage of this key set of international meetings in order to reinforce its international visibility, given its important contribution to balance the world's climate, its genetic and biological world bank, and its socio-cultural heritage.
July 2022, Libreville. France will take up the Facilitator role of the Congo Basin Forest Partnership (CBFP) for the second time after the United States, the European Union, Belgium and Germany. This announcement was made by Her Excellency Chrysoula Zacharopoulou, Secretary of State for Development, Francophonie and International Partnerships attached to the French Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs, during the 19th Meeting of the Parties of the Congo Basin Forest Partnership, held from 5th to 8th July, 2022 in Libreville, Gabon.
The final communiqué of the Extraordinary Session of COMIFAC Council of Ministers, held in Libreville on 9 July, 2022 is now available for download...
Convened by Mr. Jules Doret NDONGO, the Cameroon Minister of Forestry and Wildlife and current Chairperson of the Central African Forest Commission (COMIFAC), an extraordinary session of the Council of Ministers in charge of Forests and/or Environment of member states was held in Libreville, Republic of Gabon on 9 July, 2022. This Council of Ministers session took place on the side-lines of the 19th Meeting of the Parties of the Congo Basin Forest Partnership (CBFP). It was preceded, on 6 and 7 July, by the Experts meeting.
Kindly download the Presentation by Kathleen H. Fitzgerald, Senior Advisor to the Global Wildlife Program | July 2022... This presentation was made during stream 2 of the 19th Meeting of Parties (MOP 19) of the Congo Basin Forest Partnership (CBFP) from 5th to 8th July, 2022 in Libreville, Gabon.
CBFP 19th MoP – FSC : Understanding FSC Solutions to Strengthen the Value and Contribution of Congo Basin Forests to Sustainable Economies and the Wellbeing of Society – Key feature
During the event, FSC introduced a range of FSC solutions that are being deployed across the world and in the Congo Basin to strengthen the governance of forests for people and economy, address the climate challenge and strengthen tropical forest product value chains in traditional and emerging markets. These include...
The announcement was made by the European Union in June 2022. NaturAfrica is part of the Green Pact for Europe's overall biodiversity strategy to protect wildlife and ecosystems, capture economic opportunities for local communities and indigenous peoples (LCAPs) in green sectors, and strengthen the participation of these communities and peoples in EU programs that support biodiversity.
MOP19 – CBFP : REPALEAC to mobilize $100 million for forest and land rights of indigenous peoples in Central Africa.
6/7/2022 - During a side event organised on the sidelines of the 19th Meeting of the Parties of the CBFP in Libreville, the Network of Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities of Central Africa (REPALEAC) presented its strategy to mobilise 100 million US dollars for recognition and securing of land and forest rights of the indigenous and local communities it represents. This financing is part of the Glasgow 1.7 billion pledge for PACL land tenure rights.
The 19th Meeting of the Congo Basin Forest Partnership (CBFP), was held from 5 July to 6 July 2022, in Libreville, Gabon. Several national and international media covered the event... Please find a brief media review here...
MOP19 in the media: – RFI : Ministers in charge of Central African Forests convene to preserve the environment
Co-organised by the Congo Basin Forest Partnership (CBFP), this meeting is geared towards finding common and sustainable solutions for the preservation of the Congo Basin forests. There are many financing promises for these forests. However, according to participants, they do not always serve the right purpose.
Contribution of the Pilot Initiatives of the Central African Forest Commission (COMIFAC) to the Sustainable Management of Protected Areas in Central Africa
The 15th edition of the World Forestry Congress (WFC) was hosted in Seoul, South Korea, from 2nd – 6th May 2022. This landmark conference of the world’s forestry sector serves as an international platform for exchange between government representatives, civil society organisations and development partners. It is also a forum for drafting recommendations and declarations on key forestry issues, namely, sustainable management, desertification, biodiversity conservation, etc. Thus, the conference is of great strategic importance for the Congo Basin which, as the second green lung of the planet, also has many claims to make.
The 19th Meeting of the Parties of the Congo Basin Forest Partnership will start tomorrow, July 05, until July 08, 2022. For four (4) days, it will be a question of finding ways and means to accelerate the implementation of the COMIFAC Declaration, the Glasgow Declaration on the "Fair Deal", and all the results of the international conferences through workshops, discussions and round tables.
4/7/2022 - With the support of the GIZ - COMIFAC regional project, REPALEAC convened in Libreville to actively participate in the #MOP19. The aim of this meeting was to explore approaches for implementing the Glasgow Declaration for indigenous peoples.
Registration for the 19th Meeting of the Parties of the PFBC from July 5 - 8, 2022 started yesterday July 03 from 10:00 to 13:00 and from 14:00 to 18:00. If you have not yet registered, please go to the Radisson Blu Hotel, on the 1st floor in front of the Libreville 1 room according to the days and times below...
From 5 - 8 July 2022, Gabon, member of the Central African Forest Commission (COMIFAC), shall host the 19th Meeting of the Parties, jointly chaired by His Excellency Dr Christian Ruck, Goodwill Ambassador, CBFP Facilitator of the Federal Republic of Germany, His Excellency Jules Doret Ndongo, Minister of Forests and Wildlife of Cameroon, current Chairperson of COMIFAC, and His Excellency Prof. Lee White, Gabon’s Minister of Water, Forest, Sea, and Environment in charge of Climate Change and Land-use Plan.
If you are interested in covering the CBFP 19th Meeting of the Parties (MOP) and related meetings, please register before 28 June 2022 by completing the form below and clicking on the button “register”. It will not be possible to cover the 19th MOP without strictly following the registration process.
Meeting in person for the first time since the COVID pandemic began, the Global Environment Facility’s governing body approved the final tranche of its seventh funding cycle and endorsed record donor contributions for the coming four years as the partnership rallied around the need to invest in improved planetary health.
Conference venue , Registration, Shuttle between conference hotel and other hotels, Internet, Weather information, Plugs, Currency , Health information, Covid , Documents ,Travel expenses and subsistence allowances (funded participants only)… Please download the Document…
Registration for field trips for the CBFP MoP19 has been prolonged until Sunday, 26 June 2022 at 6pm CEST. These exclusive field Trips will kick-off the diverse and ambitious technical and political discussions that will take place during the MoP19. They will offer great scenery and expert inputs on a variety of relevant themes. Field trips will take place before the beginning of the official meetings, between July 02 and 04, 2022.
The Centre for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) became a specialised unit of the Executive Secretariat of the Central African Forest Commission (COMIFAC) in November 2010. It is a regional organisation of eleven member states, which aims to promote regional coordination and cooperation on forest governance, conservation, and sustainable use of natural resources.
Firstly, the European Commission (EC) published its breakthrough proposal for a EU Regulation on deforestation-free products, which Fern and allies have been working towards for years. We also came together with partner NGOs and civil society groups from around the world to successfully campaign to stop the EU from discarding Forest Law Enforcement Governance and Trade Voluntary Partnership Agreements - its best weapon to fight against illegal logging.
To kick off the diverse and ambitious technical and policy discussions that will take place during the conference, we are pleased to offer several field trip opportunities exclusively for MOP19. These will include beautiful landscapes and tours led by experienced experts on a variety of topics. The field trips will take place prior to the start of the conference, between July 02-4, 2022.
The Congo Basin Forest Partnership (CBFP) MOP19 will be held in Libreville, Gabon from 5-8 July 2022. If you have been accepted to attend the CBFP MOP19 and related meetings, please download the list of hotels selected for MOP19...
We are pleased to hereby inform you that exhibition registration for the CBFP MoP19 is open. The exhibition space offers your organization the opportunity to present your work, initiatives, projects and expertise to the participants of the MoP19. Exhibitors are able to rent a stand package at set prices with options for customization and additional equipment. To register as Exhibitor at the 19th Meeting of Parties of the Congo Basin Forest Partnership (CBFP), please fill out this form online before June 10, 2022.
At the COP26 climate summit, U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson and President Féelix Tshisekedi of the Democratic Republic of Congo announced a $500 million aid package to protect forests in the Central African country. Part of the Glasgow Leaders’ Declaration on Forests and Land Use, the announcement was one of the top headlines at the summit.
ATIBT had launched on February 15, 2022 the 2021 Timber Market Survey. This collection ended on May 9, 2022. The data is now being analyzed by the Probos Foundation and the results will be presented at the end of September 2022. We warmly thank all ATIBT members who have completed the Themis portal.
Bonn/Ventotene 26 May 2022 – Visualizing how migratory animals connect continents, countries, sites and habitats is the result of an international scientific effort under the aegis of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS), in developing the first atlas of bird migration across three continents. CMS, an environmental UN treaty, will launch the Eurasian-African Bird Migration Atlas today at the Museum of Migration on the Italian island of Ventotene, as the first part of a broader initiative to develop a global atlas of animal migration.
Save the Children signs deal to lead on climate change adaptation in the Pacific where children bear the brunt of extreme weather
Save the Childrenwill deliver the Pacific region’s largest ever investment in community-based climate change adaptation in one of the world’s biggest climate hotspots, the child rights organisation announced today.
The Green Climate Fund (GCF) Board has closed its 32nd meeting, approving four new climate projects worth USD 301.5 million in GCF funding and USD 1.7 billion in co-financing. Including the approval of tranche two funding for an approved project, USD 325.2 million of GCF funding was approved for climate action.
As climate change and global heating approach critical points of no return, experts gathered in Seoul at the World Forestry Congress to assess an often overlooked but increasingly important resource for limiting carbon emissions— the forests of Central Africa.
Establishing certification standards for forestry and agricultural commodities is no straightforward matter, particularly for smallholder farmers. Voluntary standards of the type designed by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) ensure timber and non-timber forest products are produced according to sustainability standards and audited by a third party. They have been used to tackle deforestation, forest degradation and ensure ethical trading practices for more than 30 years.
“At no other point in modern history has humanity faced such an array of familiar and unfamiliar risks and hazards interacting in a hyper-connected and rapidly changing world,” said Ibrahim Thiaw, the executive secretary of the U.N. Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), in a statement on the launch of the second Global Land Outlook report (GLO2).
Every two years, the FAO publishes the State of the World's Forests (SOFO) report. The report presents data and analysis on the interaction between forests and people. Each edition focuses on a specific relevant theme.
Relaunch of the National Forest Stewardship Standard development process in the Democratic Republic of Congo – ATIBT
FSC's Principles and Criteria set out the global requirements for responsible forest management. Chamber-balanced standard development groups (SDG’s) adapt the International Generic Indicators at the regional or national level to reflect the diverse legal, social and geographical conditions of forests in different parts of the world. The resulting adjustment is incorporated into a National Forest Stewardship Standard.
19th Meeting of the Parties (MOP) July 5-8, 2022, in Libreville, Gabon: Registration has been extended to June 01, 2022!
If you wish to attend the 19th MoP of the CBFP and related events, please register before June 02, 2022 by completing the form below and clicking on the button “register”. It will not be possible to attend the meeting without a properly completed registration procedure.
With just over a week to go before the ATIBT Forum, we are sharing an updated version of the conference and roundtable program.This program will be regularly updated on the ATIBT website page dedicated to the Forum.
PeaceNexus is launching a call for proposals on embedding conflict sensitivity in environmental organisations. Environmental organisations are at the forefront of addressing the triple planetary crisis of climate change, pollution and biodiversity loss. In doing so, they grapple with conflict dynamics, face risks to their staff and partners, but also provide opportunities for divided groups to work together around issues of common concern. The deadline for application is Tuesday 21st June 2022.
19th Meeting of the Parties, July 5-8, 2022, in Libreville, Gabon: Registration is closing on May 20, 2022!
This is a reminder that registrations for the 19th Meeting of Parties (MoP) of the Congo Basin Forest Partnership in Libreville, Gabon, from 5 to 8 July 2022 are CLOSING IN 2 DAYS. Please note, that you can only attend with a completed registration. Please register here...
Mongolia flood defence project shows the way for urban adaptation. The project incorporates infrastructural upgrades with the formation of community action groups to improve the capital’s flood resilience . A project in Mongolia, which incorporates a wide range of initiatives and aims to build the resilience of high-risk communities, is directly confronting the burden of urban climate impacts.
Home to the only biosphere reserve of argan in the world, Morocco is facing a unique challenge. It must preserve its argan forests as a barrier to climate-induced desertification while helping the communities, that depend on these forests for a living, adapt and preserve their cultural heritage.
The 32nd meeting of the GCF Board is taking place in person in Antigua and Barbuda from May 16-19. The meeting, one of four scheduled this year, follows on the heels of the first Board meeting where USD 187.7 million was approved for new climate projects and major changes to GCF’s accreditation framework were approved. The changes aim to accelerate climate finance for developing countries and include strengthening the existing accreditation model and introducing the project-specific assessment approach (PSAA).
The proposed EU Regulation on deforestation-free products aims to ensure goods cannot be placed on the EU market if they have caused deforestation, forest degradation, or violated producer country laws. The Commission released a draft proposal of the Regulation on 17 November 2021, and now the European Parliament (EP) and the Council must agree on their positions. On 24 March 2022, the EP rapporteur Luxembourgish Member of the European Parliament (MEP), Christophe Hansen of the centre-right European People’s Party (EPP), released his draft response.
As world leaders, the private sector, and experts met for the final day of the 15th World Forestry Congress on Friday and the United Nations Forum on Forests begins today, fulfilling funding promises made during UNFCCC’s CoP26 to tackle the illegal timber trade and accelerating the implementation of sustainability strategies must be at the top of the agenda says TRAFFIC.
Global shipping to focus on bringing down the illegal networks exploiting maritime supply chains to traffic wildlife. On the 13 of May 2022, the 46th Meeting of the Facilitation Committee (FAL46) of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) adopted new ‘Guidelines for the Prevention and Suppression of the Smuggling of Wildlife on Ships Engaged in International Maritime Traffic’.
Fifty years after the 1972 Stockholm Conference on the Human Environment, which put “health and sanitation” on the international agenda, ensuring water and sanitation for all “remains one of the world’s biggest challenges.” A ‘Still Only One Earth’ policy brief from IISD argues that for universal access to become a reality,
The UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) has issued the second edition of its flagship report titled, ‘Global Land Outlook: Land Restoration for Recovery and Resilience’ (GLO2). The publication outlines various future land scenarios, and highlights the potential contributions of land restoration investments to climate change mitigation, biodiversity conservation, poverty reduction, and human health, among other SDGs.
Delegates at the 15th meeting of the World Forestry Congress (XV WFC) called for immediate action to protect forests, forestry, and forest stakeholders as providers of nature-based solutions to climate change, biodiversity loss, land degradation, hunger, and poverty. They encouraged “actions for a green, healthy and resilient future with forests” as a contribution to the SDGs, the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration, the post-2020 global biodiversity framework, and a green recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has launched its biennial flagship report on the state of the world’s forests (SOFO), which explores three intertwined forest pathways to achieve green recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic while tackling climate change and biodiversity loss, among other “multidimensional planetary crises.”
A high-level panel marked Desertification and Drought Day 2020 with a discussion focused on the Day’s theme, ‘Food. Feed. Fibre,” and the question, “Is it time for a new social contract for nature?” Ministers and agency heads offered recommendations for addressing vulnerabilities for land management that have been exposed by the COVID-19 pandemic and options for building back better.
Convening under the theme “Building a Green, Healthy and Resilient Future with Forests,” the Fifteenth meeting of the World Forestry Congress (XV WFC) sought to define the role of forests in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and other major agreements, including the Global Forest Goals, the Paris Agreement on climate change, and the post-2020 global biodiversity framework.
At the end of the XV World Forestry Congress held in Seoul from May 2 to 6, 8 ministers signed a text calling for the production and consumption of sustainable wood. Sustainable production and consumption of wood promotes forest conservation, enhances the value of forests and mitigates climate change. Building and living with wood responds to an increased demand for renewable materials and provides impetus for green recovery.
The Forest Conservation Job Day took place online, on Friday May 6th 2022. This Forest Conservation Job day, which was in its first edition, was co-organised by ERAIFT and the association of its alumni gathered within the « Réseau Africain pour le Développement Durable et Intégré (RADDI) ». The Participants to this event were former ERAIFT students and students from the 3rd and 4th Master's classes actually in training.
The Board of Directors of the ATIBT validated the membership application of this trading and sawing Gilmour & Aitken Ltd are suppliers and stock holders of a comprehensive range of high quality sawn and engineered hardwood and softwood timber products. Established in 1852 and now in its 5th generation, the business prides itself on its product expertise, stock range and customer service.
To get back on track to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius in line with the goals of the Paris Agreement, a profound step up in political commitments and financing is needed, especially for climate action in developing countries being hit hard by the impacts of climate change.
GCF explores how to strengthen private sector finance at World Forestry Congress – GREEN CLIMATE FUND
The Green Climate Fund (GCF) will strive to narrow the forest finance gap by helping to strengthen public-private roots of climate cooperation during the World Forestry Congress which opens today in South Korea.
COP 15 : World leaders at the Abidjan summit on desertification unanimously agree time to safeguard the future of land is now – CAN
Heads of States and governments at the fifteenth session of the Conference of Parties(COP15) of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) have made a clarion call to the international community to take urgent measures to avert loss of live and source of livelihood threatening the world today as result of the devastating effects of desertification, land degradation and drought.
A consortium of investigative journalists in Liberia are shining a spotlight on the country’s forest sector – with some remarkable results. Starting at 4pm every Thursday, one of Liberia’s best-known radio stations, OK FM 99.5, broadcasts a live one-hour show that’s possibly the only one of its kind in the world.
In early April 2022, I had the chance to travel to Brazil to consult with Fern’s partners and attend the yearly Free Land Camp organised by Brazil’s Articulation of Indigenous Peoples (APIB) in Brasilia. This trip gave me a snapshot of where the people with whom we work stand in this crucial year for the country.
European biomass industry confirms it is burning large amounts of “low-quality stemwood” (tree trunks) – FERN
On 5 April, the Forest Defenders Alliance published an impactful visual investigation, revealing that “many wood-burning power plants and wood pellet manufacturing plants in the EU appear to be using trees logged directly from forests, despite claims to use sawdust and other mill waste for fuel and feedstock”. Surprisingly, industry confirmed the report’s findings, proving the importance of ensuring that the EU’s renewed Renewable Energy Directive (RED) takes a strong line on which types of material should, and should not be burnt.
Despite the urgency of the climate crisis and the importance of reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from land use and forestry, some Members of the European Parliament (MEPs), Member States and private actors continue to try to downgrade climate ambition. In upcoming votes about the proposed Land Use, Land Use Change and Forestry (LULUCF) Regulation, there are hopes that the European Parliament will set a more positive course.
State of the Forest 2021 Report presented in the COMIFAC Pavilion during the World Forestry Congress - A product of the German CBFP Facilitation
The "State of the Forests" report is a flagship product of the CBFP partners' efforts, especially of the EU, which is the main donor of OFAC. The production of this report remains a major challenge for each CBFP Facilitation. We are there!!! The State of the Forest 2021 (SOF 2021) report is the seventh in the series published since 2005. The previous report was released in 2015 at the 15th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Paris.
World Forestry Congress: “Scaling up forest landscape restoration in the central Africa” at COMIFAC-ECCAS Pavilion Initiatives
Seoul (Republic of Korea) World Forest Congress, 5 Mai 2022 – at COMIFAC-ECCAS Pavilion Initiatives, a special session was organized on “Accelerating and Scaling up forest landscape restoration under the Bonn Challenge and AFR100 in the central Africa”. The Session was moderated by the German CBFP Facilitation and had as panelists IUCN and the African Union (NEPAD/AFR100).
IUCN Africa Protected Area Congress at the heart of the COMIFAC-ECCAS Pavilion Initiative at the 15th World Forestry Congress
Seoul (Republic of Korea) World Forest Congress, 5 Mai 2022 – IUCN Africa Protected Area Congress was presented by Mr. KARANGWA Charles Regional Head of Land Systems and Country Representative, IUCN Rwanda, in a special hybrid session in the COMIFAC-ECCAS Pavilion.
Welfare support for forest and farm producers has become even more important in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, as it wrecked economies and livelihoods across the globe. But the Forest and Farm Facility (FFF) has stepped up to the plate. Over the course of 2021, more than 56,000 forest and farm producers in Africa, Asia and Latin America received food aid, hygiene products or government social protection schemes thanks to the work of FFF-supported forest and farm producer organizations (FFPOs).
Women fish processors and sellers learn new techniques from their colleagues in order to make their jobs safer and their products more competitive 4 April, Abidjan/Dakar/Praia/Rome - The FAO Coastal Fisheries Initiative in West Africa (CFI-WA) has organized three exchange visits aimed at strengthening the role of women in fisheries value chains in Cabo Verde, Côte d'Ivoire, and Senegal.
Located in Zambia’s North-Western Province, the greater Kafue National Park and West Lunga ecosystem complex was once home to an abundance of ancient rosewood trees and a host of other endemic and endangered species. Now, aerial views reveal slabs of fallen trees peppering black holes in the green forest canopy. Fenced clearings open up to piles of orange rosewood, stacked high in the grounds of a sawmill
WFC - Side Event CBFP/CAFI: Saving our planet’s second-largest lung – How the Congo Basin contributes to protecting global climate and threatened biodiversity and how it should be supported
Join this discussion on Calls for a “Fair Deal” that addresses the protection, sustainable use, and good governance of the central African Forest ecosystems of the Congo basin by the riparian countries of COMIFAC in exchange for an adequate share of international climate and biodiversity funds. Wednesday 4th May 2022, SEOUL, 5:30 PM KST - 7:00 PM KST Where: Room. E5. Third floor.
We are pleased to hereby inform you that exhibition registration for the CBFP MoP19 will be open soon. The exhibition space offers your organization the opportunity to present your work, initiatives, projects and expertise to the participants of the MoP19. Exhibitors will be able to rent a stand package at set prices with options for customization and additional equipment.
Our investigation found that at the height of the clashes between fishers and pastoralists on 9 December, Shuwa Arab elders consulted each other and contacted Park guards by phone before deciding to enter the Park. The following day, Shuwa Arab men, women and children walked 20 km to the centre of the Park, continuing 2 days later to a nearby waterhole. There they were initially summoned by the Park warden to leave the Park but allowed to stay to recover from their journey. After 1 week, pastoralists continued through the inundated part of the Park to the north-east where they stayed until 20 January, when all but two of the 17 groups left the Park. The Park offered safety for the pastoralists, but the conditions were harsh for families and livestock, resulting in considerable loss of sheep and donkeys; three cattle were predated by lions.
The Facilitation of the Federal Republic of Germany is pleased to launch a call for proposals for side events during the 19th Meeting of Parties (MoP 19) in Libreville, Gabon, from 5-8 July 2022, tbc. There is no set format required, but guidelines are provided below. Submissions should be sent before. 20 May 2022, to the following address: firstname.lastname@example.org
This new video explains the EU’s proposed new Regulation on deforestation-free products, which aims to reduce the risk that products on the EU market have caused forest destruction and human rights impacts. It also explains the issues at stake and the loopholes that need to be closed over the next few months, as the Regulation is discussed by the European Parliament and the Council.
As relayed by Le Commerce du Bois, the European Union has decided on new sanctions against Russia. Although these measures do not impact the tropical timber trade for the moment, it is likely that the situation will have repercussions on the tropical sector in the weeks and months to come. On April 8, the Council of the EU adopted a fifth set of sanctions against Russia due to Russia's continuing war against Ukraine.
Review of the points of debate and reflection on the draft European regulation on imported deforestation – ATIBT
The ATIBT continues to be involved in the European negotiations on this regulation, particularly on those elements that appear to be of concern, while reiterating its overall support for the Commission's proposal and its objectives.
The certification commission of the ATIBT co-publishes with Emmanuel Groutel (Wale) a manifesto recalling the opportunity that the draft regulation of the European Union represents to prove the involvement of the actors of this sector by their commitment in sustainable forest management certification.
Continuing training for sustainable forest management in the framework of the RIFFEAC/ITTO LSSC project – ATIBT
The LSSC project carried out by RIFFEAC from 2020 to 2022 ended in March 2022 with the dissemination of the unique continuous training module on "legal and sustainable supply chains" in the 5 countries of the Congo Basin targeted by this project: Cameroon, Gabon, Central African Republic, DRC, and Republic of Congo.
CIFOR-ICRAF scientists will join the global forestry community at the World Forestry Congress to discuss the state and future of world forestry, particularly in the context of the recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, while striving to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. The Congress will focus on defining the role of forests in the global developmental agenda (2030 Agenda) and other major agreements including the Global Forest Goals, Paris Agreement and post-2020 global biodiversity framework, and identify key measures necessary for the forest sector to adjust to the new reality and help ‘build back better’.
Planet Earth is not a delicately balanced benign Being, but forests and trees can help – FORESTS NEWS.
During the recent Global Forest Summit, I was asked whether humans were responsible for the various crises we are facing: biodiversity loss; climate change; growing inequalities; unsustainable value chains and food systems. I was also asked to share my views on the depth of these issues and whether we can change many of the fundamental ways we behave quickly enough to avoid the collapse of civilization as we know it.
New paper : Fifteen years of delegated protected area management in West and Central Africa: five recommendations to guide maturity
A review of the lessons learnt from these first 15 years shows that delegated management has improved day-to-day management of these protected areas. There remain, however, challenges with funding and with the capacity of national managerial staff, and also concerns regarding human rights. Based on an analysis of these challenges, I develop five recommendations to guide more mature delegated management....
More than $5 billion has been pledged by twenty-nine countries for the Global Environment Facility, providing a major boost to international efforts to protect biodiversity and curb threats from climate change, plastics, and toxic chemicals through collaboration action this decade. Announced on April 8, the support totals $5.25 billion and increases the GEF’s funding by nearly 30 percent compared to its most recent four-year operating cycle.
The Global Environment Facility, which serves as the financial mechanism for the implementation of the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants, has announced a substantial increase in funding, which includes a welcomed increase for issues pertaining to chemicals and waste. With 15 percent of the total allocation of funding allocated to the chemicals and waste focal area, the GEF replenishment signals the key role that chemicals and waste management plays in resolving the triple environmental planetary crisis of climate change, biodiversity loss, and pollution.
The Resilient Food Systems (RFS) program is one of three Integrated Approach Pilot programs financed by the GEF during the sixth replenishment cycle (GEF-6). In 2021, the RFS program made significant progress toward enhancing the long-term resilience and sustainability of smallholder farming systems in sub-Saharan Africa. The 2021 Programme Highlights showcases the achievements and innovations of the RFS regional partners, country project teams and beneficiary communities across 12 targeted countries.
Orientation Note of the 19th CBFP Meeting of Parties, Libreville, 5-8 July 2022 - Program of the week
CBFP celebrates its 20th anniversary and holds its 19th Meeting of the Parties (MoP 19), 5-8 July 2022, Libreville, Gabon. Continued implementation of the Declaration of Commitment of COMIFAC Member States to the Central African forests and Call for Equitable Financing and the COP 26 Joint Declaration of Congo Basin Donors: Towards sustainable development with a “Fair Deal” for the Congo Basin Forests, their inhabitants, forests and biodiversities.
Information Note : The CBFP celebrates its 20th anniversary and holds its 19th Meeting of Parties (MOP) 5-8 July 2022, in Libreville, Gabon
The facilitation of the Federal Republic of Germany is pleased to announce that the 19th Meeting of Parties of the Congo Basin Forest Partnership (CBFP) is scheduled to take place from 5 to 9 July 2022, in Libreville (Gabon) in hybrid format. It will be organized by the CBFP Facilitation of the Federal Republic of Germany in close collaboration with the Republic of Gabon and the Central Africa Forest Commission (COMIFAC).
Akili ni mali – the Swahili translation for knowledge is wealth, is the name adopted by a local women’s association in Yanonge in Democratic Republic of Congo. Led by its president Helen Fatoum, the association involves 20 women who engage in various activities from farming to trading. The Akili ni mali association was created in 2014 in response to economic challenges the women and their families were facing, notably low agricultural yields, low revenues and high loan rates from local financial institutions.
Without urgent action to curb global warming, limiting temperature increases to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels will be impossible, says a new report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). The rate of planet-warming greenhouse gas emissions has slowed since peaking between 2010 and 2019, but overall, they are at their highest levels.
From the likes of Jane Goodall and Wangari Maathai, to Greta Thunberg, women across the generations have inspired the world to improve environmental conservation efforts. Their work has crossed new boundaries, led to social transformations and, in the case of Maathai — who initiated a major tree planting and women’s rights movement — led to a Nobel Peace Prize.
In the latest assessment by the U.N. climate science panel, experts emphasized the potential benefits of natural solutions to combat global warming, especially land-based mitigation. The report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change says that even if current national climate commitments are met, they will not effectively limit warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius beyond pre-industrial averages.
Researchers have long agreed that fixing the challenges surrounding the way land and resources are used and managed requires collaboration. But getting it right is not easy. Our new paper published in the journal World Development examines what Indigenous Peoples and local communities (abbreviated as IPLCs) and marginalized actors within those groups (e.g. Indigenous and local community women) think about the “multi-stakeholder forums” they are engaged in and their potential for equitable change.
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s working group on reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions (WGIII) met to finalize a summary of its latest report, which targets policymakers. Convening online, the 56th session of the IPCC (IPCC-56) and WGIII-14 met from 21 March-4 April 2022, concluding three days after its scheduled end.
Negotiations on the eighth replenishment of the Global Environment Facility Trust Fund (GEF-8) concluded with pledges from 29 countries to contribute USD 5.25 billion during the next four-year operating cycle.The total pledges represent an increase of nearly 30 percent compared to GEF-7.Negotiations on GEF-8 began in February 2022 and concluded on 8 April 2022. The talks took place virtually, due to the global pandemic. Over the course of six on-line sessions, contributing participants reviewed the GEF’s performance and evaluated progress, assessed future funding needs, and agreed on a financing framework for new financing commitments for the period from 1 July 2022 to 30 June 2026.
The agreed outcome of the 2022 UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) is under discussion among UN Member States in “zero draft” form. The next consultation on the draft Ministerial Declaration will convene on 22 April in the ECOSOC chamber. The co-facilitators for consultations on the Ministerial Declaration of the 2022 HLPF and 2022 session of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) – the permanent representatives of Italy and Nauru – circulated the draft on 14 April. The zero draft is based on inputs from delegations in writing and during a meeting on 4 April 2022.
Regional sustainable development forums have convened for the Asia-Pacific and European regions, completing the series of preparatory events in each region ahead of the 2022 UN High-level Political Forum for Sustainable Development (HLPF). The Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development (APFSD) took place from 28-31 March 2022 in Bangkok, Thailand, followed by the Regional Forum on Sustainable Development for the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) region, from 6-7 April held in Geneva, Switzerland and virtually.
The Arab Forum for Sustainable Development 2022 convened in Beirut, Lebanon to review progress towards the 2030 Agenda in the Arab region. Challenges facing women, youth, and displaced people were highlighted in opening statements and in the annual report on the region’s SDG progress. Discussions also pointed to Egypt’s hosting of the next Climate Change Conference (UNFCCC COP 27) as an opportunity to emphasize climate adaptation and financing for adaptation.
Agreement bolstering Africa’s climate vulnerable sign of rapid GCF implementation – GREEN CLIMATE FUND
The Green Climate Fund (GCF) has signed an implementation agreement to scale up climate action across 13 African countries soon after the new funding programme was approved by the GCF Board. The programme, implemented by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), empowers African national and local banks to direct funds to help farmers cope with increasingly erratic climate effects while also reducing farming emissions.
The Green Climate Fund’s (GCF’s) first private sector support for the blue economy has taken a step further in bolstering coral reefs from the climate crisis. GCF has signed a funded activity agreement with Pegasus Capital Advisors to unlock USD 125 million of GCF investments in the Global Fund for Coral Reef, an innovative programme which harnesses private sector finances to increase the resilience of coral reefs.
To get back on track to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius in line with the goals of the Paris Agreement, a profound step up in political commitments and financing is needed, especially for climate action in developing countries being hit hard by the impacts of climate change. This year’s Earth Day highlights the critical need for investing in our planet to forge partnerships NOW and accelerate the shift towards low emission, climate-resilient development.
On 22 March 2022, the Green Climate Fund (GCF) launched the new Digital Accreditation Platform (DAP). GCF is a country-driven partnership institution, and the DAP comes as part of GCF’s digital transformation efforts to bridge gaps and transform business processes with GCF’s partner ecosystem. The DAP replaces the custom-built Online Accreditation System, which has been used since 2014, to support the accreditation of GCF’s partners.
World Earth Day 2022: We have been seeing a spurt of climate events over the last decade or more that have affected millions of people, from extreme heat to wildfires and floods. The Covid-19 pandemic, the UN says, is also linked the the health of our ecosystem.
The ATIBT website centralizes numerous publications and data on tropical forest management, tropical timber, and its trade. An important source of information, especially for the members of the Association, accessible in one click! The "tropical timbermedia library" is rich in content. Organized by sections, it includes technical studies, institutional publications and videos.
According to Le Nouveau Gabon, Gabon is relaunching the community forest allocation and management process after a 13-year interruption. The figures quoted below should be taken with caution as the process is currently underway. On April 8, the ceremony for the signing and presentation of forest allocation and management agreements to 19 communities out of the 28 files selected and deemed eligible for the signing of agreements took place in Libreville. These 28 files had been submitted for examination by the national land allocation commission.
Green Climate Fund Board streamlines access to finance in major accreditation review USD 187.7 million also approved for new climate projects
The Green Climate Fund (GCF) Board has approved major changes to its accreditation framework to streamline access to climate finance at its 31st Board meeting, which concluded today. The changes will enhance and accelerate access to finance by developing countries, including through the creation of a new, one-step process to fund climate projects. The Board also allocated USD 187.7 million of new GCF resources for climate action, increasing its portfolio to USD 10.2 billion.
Annual Results Report 2021: Promoting low emission, climate-resilient recovery and maintaining climate ambitions during the pandemic. GCF's annual report, available in both web and pdf versions, provides an overview of our achievements during 2021.
The Programme for Promotion of Certified Forest Operations (PPECF) has commissioned environmental and sustainable forest management consultancy TEREA to develop greenhouse gas (GHG) and forest carbon stock level measuring tools for concession managers operating to the PAFC Congo Basin certification standard. The ATIBT relays this information produced within the framework of the STTC - Fair&Precious newsletter.
The Green Climate Fund (GCF) has signed an implementation agreement to scale up climate action across 13 African countries soon after the new funding programme was approved by the GCF Board. The programme, implemented by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), empowers African national and local banks to direct funds to help farmers cope with increasingly erratic climate effects while also reducing farming emissions.
Tune in today April 8 at 8 AM PST/ 11AM EST as EcoAgriculture Partners' President and CEO Sara Scherr joins a panel of social impact and investing experts at the 2022 virtual Skoll World Forum. Their session, Shifting Money and Control to Local Communities for Climate Action, will explore how innovations in landscape financing can directly deliver funds to the local communities who need it most.
Thoroughly investigating corruption in a wildlife crime court case can disrupt organized criminal groups to a greater extent by potentially identifying higher-level individuals for investigation, arrest, conviction, and appropriate sentencing.
UK and UAE governments launch new toolkit to support financial institutions in tackling illicit money flows associated with illegal wildlife trade at Expo Dubai on 3rd March to coincide with UN World Wildlife Day.
Nature restoration can be a mighty ally in efforts to achieve climate targets, and the EU and its Member States have two upcoming opportunities to add substantive targets with compelling timelines to their restoration plans. One is the Land Use, Land Use Change and Forestry (LULUCF) Regulation revision (the European Parliament ENVI Committee is expected to vote on the Parliament’s position on 28 April 2022), and the other is the upcoming EU Nature Restoration Law proposal (expected March 2022).
LA HERRADURA, Spain (AP) “Herders and farmers have their feet on the ground, but their eyes on the sky.” The old saying is still popular in Spain’s rural communities who, faced with recurrent droughts, have historically paraded sculptures of saints to pray for rain.
Global Center on Adaptation to Integrate Climate Adaptation and Resilience Measures into Desert to Power Initiative
The Sahel region is highly affected by climate change – it represents a severe threat to the livelihoods of more than 80 percent of the population living in rural areas. Climate shocks like droughts are becoming increasingly frequent and are affecting more people, while shorter, more intense and less predictable rainy seasons are increasing the risk of floods.
Global Center on Adaptation to Strengthen Adaptation and Resilience of Renewable Energy Investments in Ghana
Rotterdam, the Netherlands, 23 February 2022 – The Global Center on Adaptation (GCA) today announced it will contribute €250,000 from its Africa Adaptation Acceleration Program (AAAP) to support a detailed climate risk assessment and the integration of adaptation measures during the early stage design and implementation of renewable energy mini grids and net metering systems in Ghana. The investment is part of GCA’s ongoing work to enhance the climate resilience of Ghana’s infrastructure systems which are found to be vulnerable to climate change and require in-depth climate risk assessments to determine the current and projected climate risks.
Recognizing and empowering indigenous peoples and Local Communities as critical partners in forest solutions to the climate emergency - UN-REDD
Indigenous peoples and local communities are crucial stakeholders – as well as rights holders – in the implementation of the Paris Agreement, notably Article 5 (forest-based solutions to the climate emergency).
Growing awareness of plastic pollution has influenced public opinion and led to stronger policy interventions, according to the ‘Global Plastics Outlook: Economic Drivers, Environmental Impacts and Policy Options,’ published by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in February 2022. The authors report that the current magnitude of plastics consumption globally is leading to a high carbon footprint related to production, as well as to high waste volumes, persistent pollution, and harm to wildlife and ecosystems.
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and its Working Group II met over the course of two weeks to finalize a summary of the impacts of climate change and how humans can adapt. The summary will be included in the IPCC’s Sixth Assessment Report (AR6), forthcoming in 2022.
Sixth EU-African Union Summit: A political fig leaf for continued inaction on biodiversity and climate? – Fern
The sixth European Union (EU)-African Union (AU) summit that took place 17- 18 February 2022 in Brussels, Belgium was, according to its organisers, a turning point for a renewed Partnership. Among the issues at stake was the strengthening of the bilateral collaboration to address the multiple challenges of biodiversity conservation and climate change in Africa. Despite commendable declarations and extensive media coverage, however, the summit did not herald the envisaged new partnership of equals, or do much for biodiversity, the climate or vulnerable people.
The European Commission adopted a proposal on requiring EU companies to conduct “due diligence” processes related to their human rights and environmental impacts. Some businesses would also be required to align their business strategies with limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius. The directive also extends to companies’ subsidiaries and value chains.
Defined as natural forest regrowth after clearance, secondary forests are estimated to make up 13.3 percent of forest cover in the Peruvian Amazon. They provide 63 percent of forest cover in Southeast Asia, and 34 percent across the lowland Neotropics.
Research shows that healthy forests and landscapes are not only essential for the long-term welfare of the planet, but for the health of humanity. This is because their contribution to the myriad ecosystem goods and services they provide extend benefits far beyond the local arena.
IPCC PRESS RELEASE - The evidence is clear: the time for action is now. We can halve emissions by 2030.
GENEVA, Apr 4 – In 2010-2019 average annual global greenhouse gas emissions were at their highest levels in human history, but the rate of growth has slowed. Without immediate and deep emissions reductions across all sectors, limiting global warming to 1.5°C is beyond reach. However, there is increasing evidence of climate action, said scientists in the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report released today.
The creation of African Equatorial Hardwoods confirms Gabon's ambitions for sustainable timber management – ATIBT
According to a publication of La Libbreville, the company African Equatorial Hardwoods, which is the result of the merger of the groups African Conservation Development and Cora Wood Gabon, plans to invest 20 billion CFA francs by 2026, in the south of the country, for the construction of a new wood processing plant. The ATIBT shares this article with you.
The Republic of Suriname, of which nearly 95% of the territory is covered by forest, wishes to develop its forestry economy and draw inspiration from the Gabonese model. A delegation from Suriname visited the Nkok Special Economic Zone in mid-March.
The next edition of the Carrefour International du Bois (CIB), during which the ATIBT Forum will take place, will be held from June 1st to 3rd in Nantes at the Parc des Expositions de la Beaujoire. The Carrefour International du Bois is a key event in the industry, bringing together the largest range of wood products in Europe: sawmills, panels, flooring, cladding, wood construction solutions, wood for interior and exterior fittings.
Congolaise Industrielle des Bois (CIB) has become the first company in Africa to achieve FSCTM project certification – ATIBT
ATIBT relays here the press release published on the website of the Olam Agri group, and congratulates the CIB for its commitment in the certification! Brazzaville, Congo - Congolaise Industrielle des Bois (CIB), a subsidiary of Olam Agri, has become the first company in Africa to complete a Forest Stewardship Council™(FSC™) certified project with the construction of a restaurant for employees of the Wildlife Conservation Society Congo (WCS) and Fondation Nouabale Ndoki (FNN).
On Saturday, delegates to the 14th Session of Working Group III (WGIII) of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) continued working through the draft text of the Summary for Policymakers (SPM) of the WGIII contribution to the IPCC Sixth Assessment Report (AR6). WGIII’s contribution focuses on mitigation of climate change.
A gear change was evident at the Geneva Biodiversity Conference on Saturday. The Subsidiary Body on Implementation (SBI) held a productive plenary session in the morning. The rest of the day was devoted to the post-2020 global biodiversity framework (GBF), with two dense Contact Group sessions of the Working Group on the GBF (WG2020) taking place in the afternoon and evening, going strong into the late night. Two informal groups found some time in the packed schedule to continue working on digital sequence information (DSI) at lunchtime, and marine and coastal biodiversity in the evening.
The Wildlife Conservation Bond, issued by the World Bank with funding from the Global Environment Facility, is not just another financial product. It is a game-changing innovation that can direct funding to nature reserves and protected areas whose budgets have been stretched by the coronavirus pandemic, a drop in tourism, and recent fiscal strains.
The Network of Indigenous and Local Populations for the Sustainable Management of Forest Ecosystems in Central Africa (REPALEAC) held its political executive meeting in Brazzaville to conduct its annual planning and develop its strategy for mobilizing climate funds, including the 1.7 billion dollars announced at COP26 in Glasgow.
REPALEAC goes public with letter of intent addressed to donors involved in the Glasgow Joint Declaration concerning Indigenous Peoples.
As a matter of fact, IPLCs in Central Africa bear the brunt of shocks from climate change and land insecurity only worsens their vulnerability, with significant adverse impacts on their livelihoods. In a bid to provide a lasting solution to this situation, REPALEAC with technical support from the GIZ Regional Project to support COMIFAC, has developed an Action Program worth 100 million US dollars to strengthen, protect and secure the land and territorial rights of IPLCs in Central Africa. Thus, as part of fund raising for the program, REPALEAC plans to capture some of the funding announced in Glasgow. It revealed its plans in a letter addressed to the donors and made them public at its 2022 annual planning meeting held in Brazzaville.
The meeting was marked by the official presentation of REPALEAC’s letter of intent addressed to the Donors, spelling out the Network’s expectations and directions regarding the Joint Glasgow Declaration pledging USD 1.7 billion for the benefit of indigenous and local communities. As part of his official trip to the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the Republic of Congo scheduled for 23 to 27 March 2022, H.E. Lord Zac Goldsmith, will meet the National Representatives of REPALEAC in the two countries, to pick up the discussions where they left off.
Legacy Landscapes Fund is incredibly pleased to announce its first open call for proposals. With this call, LLF makes strides towards protecting the world’s most important conservation areas by funding 7-12 new sites. LLF will provide financing for two kinds of programs to support legacy landscapes: perpetual funding of USD one million per year, or 15-year-long funding of USD one million per year. For both types of grant, a minimum of 1:2 and a maximum of 1:1 match funding is required. The deadline for submitting a concept note is 30 April 2022 at 12:00 am CET.
The ADEFAC project (Support for the Development of Continuing Education for the Forestry and Timber Sector in Central Africa) held its third Steering Committee meeting on March 17, 2022, under the chairmanship of the COMIFAC Executive Secretary, Mr. Hervé Martial MAÏDOU, by videoconference, after the first two meetings held on September 23, 2020 and March 11, 2021.
The results of the training of SME-VSE actors in the forestry-wood sector in Congo are encouraging in a context that requires adaptation to the multiple transformations that the forestry sector is undergoing in the Congo Basin countries.
This week was important for our sector: the International Day of Forests took place on Monday, March 21. On this occasion, we share with you the press release written following the press conference organized by ATIBT on March 15th.
On International Forest Day, INTERHOLCO is delighted to share photos of this magnificent Kosipo staircase, made by INTERHOLCO customer KORA. This year, International Forest Day’s theme is ‘Forests and sustainable production and consumption’, making direct reference to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 12.
New online training course: nature-based infrastructure for climate adaptation and sustainable development
The Nature-Based Infrastructure Global Resource Centre is now offering a new course: nature-based Infrastructure for climate adaptation and sustainable development. This course aims to empower policymakers, infrastructure planners, and investors to understand the economic and financial performance of nature-based infrastructure as well as its co-benefits, in comparison with traditional “built” or “grey” infrastructure.
Good Practice Brief: South-South Cooperation for Upscaling Nature-based Solutions for Climate Adaptation
enabling an exchange of technology transfer, capacity-building, policy support or fundraising between countries in the Global South. The project catalyzed global and regional collaboration on Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA), especially sharing China’s experience and research know-how in ecological restoration and climate change adaptation. Nature-based solutions for climate adaptation were piloted in key vulnerable ecosystems, like deserts in Mauritania, mountains in Nepal, and coasts in Seychelles.
As much as 97 percent of the world’s water is underground – this “groundwater” originates from rain, melting ice, and snow which has soaked into the soil and is stored in the pores and cracks between sand, rocks, and soil particles. Hidden under our feet, this source of water is unfortunately often overlooked and abused. To increase attention to this valuable source of water, the United Nations has declared 2022 the Year of Groundwater. A new report on the subject - Groundwater: Making the Invisible Visible - is being released at the World Water Forum in Dakar, Senegal.
The Global Environment Facility’s member countries are approaching broad consensus about expanding the size and scope of its support over the next four years. Meeting virtually, representatives of the multilateral fund’s 40 donor governments found significant common ground on proposed policies and programming priorities for the GEF-8 funding period, which covers the period from July 2022 to June 2026.
Growing awareness of plastic pollution has influenced public opinion and led to stronger policy interventions, according to the ‘Global Plastics Outlook: Economic Drivers, Environmental Impacts and Policy Options,’ published by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in February 2022. The authors report that the current magnitude of plastics consumption globally is leading to a high carbon footprint related to production, as well as to high waste volumes, persistent pollution, and harm to wildlife and ecosystems. The level of consumption requires increased circularity in the plastics lifecycle.
The International Day of Forests is celebrated with a particular theme every year. The theme for 2022 is Forests and Sustainable Production and Consumption'. The world celebrates the International Day of Forests on March 21 every year with the aim to increase awareness about the unprecedented role forests play in sustaining lives on this planet. Forests provide food, water, and shelter to animals and human beings. They reduce the impact of events threatening to life, such as floods and climate change.
Each year, the Collaborative Partnership on Forests (which is an arm of the United Nations Forum on Forests) decides on a theme for Forest Day. The theme for 2022 is "Forests and sustainable production and consumption".
More than 400 delegates and observers from around the world met in Lyon, France, from March 7 to 11, 2022, for the 74th meeting of the CITES Standing Committee. As a reminder, CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) has 184 member states. It acts for the conservation of biodiversity by regulating trade in wild fauna and flora.
Digital technology at the service of the forest-wood industry: 6 movies are now available online – ATIBT
Digital technology helps the sustainable tropical timber industry to support the professions in the forestry and wood sector. The PPECF is implementing an e-learning module in the Congo Basin countries, particularly to improve worker safety. 6 films, produced by 3D animation, are now available online to illustrate the lessons of safety at felling.
ATIBT in the European press: a press conference on the sustainable management of the Congo Basin forests
Tuesday, March 15, ATIBT organized via Zoom a press conference on tropical timber and sustainable forest management, in view of the International Day of Forests on Monday, March 21. ATIBT began this press conference by recalling the key role that forests, and more particularly tropical forests, play in mitigating climate change and regulating the climate, by acting as the "lungs" of the planet.
The ATIBT team continues to prepare the next ATIBT Forum, which will take place in Nantes during the Carrefour International du Bois from June 1st to 3rd. After 2 years of pandemic, the time has finally come to resume meetings. It is with a great desire to find times of discussion and face-to-face exchanges that we seized the opportunity of the next Carrefour International du Bois to organize the ATIBT Forum and the 70th anniversary of our Association.
Amandine Viretto, a researcher-engineer specialising in the design of wood-based composite materials, was recently recruited by CIRAD. Amandine Viretto holds an engineering degree from the École Nationale Supérieure de Chimie de Clermont Ferrand and a PhD from the École des Mines d'Alès. She has proven experience in the field of green waste valorization and other by-products, co-products and related products of the plant processing industry.
The companies members of ATIBT invited to inform their data of timber purchases on the Themis portal benefit from an additional delay of 3 weeks.
Have you ever stopped to think about how this pandemic has affected you, and what you could contribute to heal the wounds it leaves in our society? Everyone has a story of loss and change over the past two years. The pandemic highlighted how fragile we are, the need to be united, and at the same time gave us a warning: we are not paying enough attention to our environment.
Over the past five years, the Capacity-building Initiative for Transparency (CBIT) has helped more than 80 countries improve their ability to monitor and share their progress toward international climate goals. The improved reporting and transparency resulting from CBIT support has had a truly game-changing impact – not only for tracking progress on reducing greenhouse gas emissions but also by supporting informed climate policy-making in countries around the world.
A new EU-funded project on "Applied research in ecology and social sciences in support of sustainable management of forest ecosystems in Central Africa– (CIFOR-ICRAF)". A project for the benefit of stakeholders in the field; By mobilizing academic and scientific research - Indicative list of eligible research topics...
The reuse of tropical timber species with good durability in a second life is just beginning to emerge. If we look closely, this reuse has many positive externalities, including for the image of tropical timbers, which the "as usable" economy does not value... yet. For several decades, tropical timbers have been used in constructions, and a considerable quantity of CO2 is thus sequestered, for several more decades in many buildings (1 ton of wood = 1 ton of CO2).
The 17th Group of 20 (G20) Heads of State and Government Summit will take place in October 2022 in Bali, Indonesia. Under the Indonesian Presidency, the G20 in 2022 will focus on the theme “Recover Together, Recover Stronger”.
The NGO World Forest ID is organizing a webinar on March 23, 2022 at 4pm (Paris time). The webinar will present the progress of the World Forest ID work, as well as information on the practical use of the data to support the legal timber trade.
What is the role of women in society? The answers are many and varied. According to Diane TCHICAYA, assistant to the Director General at INTERHOLCO's production site in the Republic of Congo, ‘If a woman really wants to be of service, she must be able to work. Even if it's not in an office, a woman has to – that’s how she can help.’
The Executive Director of Forests and Climate Change at the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) published an article on nature-based solutions to climate change in the scientific journal ensia last week. We relay it here. Decades ago, the Welsh academic Raymond Williams wrote, “Nature is perhaps the most complex word in the language.”
The 5th International Marine Protected Areas Congress (IMPAC5) will bring together ocean conservation professionals to chart a course towards protecting 30% of the global ocean by 2030. IMPAC5 aims to provide an opportunity for the global community of marine conservation managers, practitioners and decision makers to exchange knowledge, experience and best practices to strengthen the conservation of marine biodiversity and to protect the natural and cultural heritage of the ocean.
CEBioS programme - 2nd International Conference on Biodiversity in the Congo Basin: Challenges for the future
The 2nd International Conference on Biodiversity in the Congo Basin will take place on March 6-10, 2023. The second conference will address issues related to preserving the natural environment of the Congo Basin, linked to biodiversity, health, climate and resilient social ecological systems. Links to the post-2020 global biodiversity framework of the Convention on Biological Diversity and to the Sustainable Development Goals will be highlighted and discussed. Adding these and possibly other new themes to the conference program will attract a diverse and cross-pollinating audience.
Paris (France), 2-3 February 2022: Honorable Dr. Christian Ruck, CBFP Facilitator of the Federal Republic of Germany meets with representatives of the French Development Agency (AfD) and officials from the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs to discuss the "Fair Deal" and Donor Coordination.
Giving fresh momentum to CAFI and the CBFP in Cameroon: The CBFP Facilitator of the Federal Republic of Germany was granted an audience by the Cameroon’s Prime Minister and MINEPAT
Yaoundé, from 24 to 27 January 2022, the CBFP Facilitator of the Federal Republic of Germany, the Honorable Dr. Christian Ruck visited Yaoundé, Cameroon. During his stay, in addition to his audience with the Minister of Forests and Wildlife of Cameroon, Dr. Christian Ruck was granted an audience by the Prime Minister, Head of the Cameroon Government, His Excellency Mr. Joseph Dion Ngute.
The West Bloc in charge of monitoring the implementation of the Declaration of N'Djamena around the Facilitator of the Federal Republic of Germany of the CBFP, Honorable Dr. Christian Ruck.
Well ahead of the CCPM meeting, the CBFP Facilitator of the Federal Republic of Germany, Honorable Dr. Christian Ruck, chaired a hybrid in-person and videoconference meeting of the West Bloc in charge of monitoring the implementation of N'Djamena Declaration.
CBFP Facilitator of the Federal Republic of Germany, the Honorable Dr Christian RUCK, meets high-ranking Chadian authorities and the CBFP’s technical and financial partners.
N'Djamena from 27 February to 2 March – During this visit to Chad, the CBFP Facilitator of the Federal Republic of Germany, Honorable Dr. Christian Ruck was granted audiences by high-level political authorities of the Republic of Chad and a regional organization...
CBFP Facilitator of the Federal Republic of Germany, Honorable Dr. Christian Ruck visits Zakouma National Park
N'Djamena (Chad), 28-30 January 2022 - The CBFP Facilitator of the Federal Republic of Germany, Honorable Dr. Christian Ruck accompanied by His Excellency Dr. Kricke Gordon, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to Chad, visited the African Parks Network Project, of the National Park, which is under the end-to-end management and well appreciated Leadership of Dr Pierre-Armand Roulet, Regional Director – Chad.
The XV World Forestry Congress aims to provide an opportunity for the global forestry community to consider the state and future of world forestry, particularly in the context of the recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, while striving to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. It will be held on the theme, “Building a Green, Healthy and Resilient Future with Forests.”
Technical Coordination of Congo Basin Climate Commission rallying to finance investment plan of Congo Basin Blue Fund– BLUE FUND
Mr. Paulo GOMES President of the ORANGO Investment Corporation, an economist, financier and committed ecologist with a stellar reputation within both the pan-African and international communities, was granted an audience Tuesday, 18 January 2022, by the Minister of the Environment, Sustainable Development and the Congo Basin, Mrs. Arlette SUDAN-NONAULT, as part of fund raising efforts under the investment plan of the Congo Basin Blue Fund, a meeting that was graced by Mr. Nicaise Mouloumbi, Vice-president of the Economic, Social and Environmental Council of Gabon.
$1.5 billion pledge for Congo Basin, a good start, but not spectacular enough, say experts -MONGABAY
On November 2, a group of 12 donors, including the European Commission, the United Kingdom, the United States and the Bezos Earth Fund, collectively pledged at least $1.5 billion in funding for the protection and sustainable management of Congo Basin forests over the next four years. This pledge is part of a larger $12 billion commitment made at the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow, Scotland by 100 leaders to halt and reverse deforestation and land degradation by 2030, and it received a mixed reception from experts in the region.
The European Union was about to get rid of its main tool in the fight against illegal logging. However, civil society organizations from all over the world have protested to change the situation. Few months ago, the European Union (EU) seemed determined to abandon what constitutes its most innovative and ambitious initiative in the fight against illegal logging on a global scale.
Sub-regional workshop to decipher the results of the 26th Conference of Parties under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change
The sub-regional workshop to decipher the results of the 26th Conference of Parties (CoP) under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), was held in Kigali, in the Republic of Rwanda from January 25 to 27, 2022. It was organized by the Executive Secretariat of the Central African Forests Commission (COMIFAC) with the support of the Strengthening and Institutionalizing of the Central African Forests Observatory (RIOFAC) Project.
COMIFAC is gathering its experts and focal points of the Convention on Biological Diversity and its additional protocols to host the 33rd meeting of the Central African Biodiversity Working Group (GTBAC 33). The Executive Secretariat of COMIFAC is organising the thirty-third meeting of GTBAC (GTBAC-33) from 14 to 18 February 2021. This meeting, chaired by the Executive Secretary of COMIFAC, began with opening remarks by the GTBAC Leader, the Director of the GIZ Regional Project in support of COMIFAC and the Co-facilitator of the Congo Basin Forest Partnership.
Final Communiqué of the Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) held onsite in Kintele, a few miles from the capital Brazzaville on Wednesday 19 January 2022
Libreville (Gabonese Republic), January 29, 2022 - The new headquarters of the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) was the setting for the exchange meeting initiated by the President of the ECCAS Commission, His Excellency Gilberto Da Piédade Verissimo, and the ambassadors of friendly countries and the technical and financial partners of ECCAS.
Mbalmayo, Cameroon, 17-19 January 2022 - The Executive Secretariat of COMIFAC held an onsite and online technical workshop to finalise its 2022 Annual Budgeted Work Plan. The objectives of this workshop were as follows: (i) to present the state of implementation of the COMIFAC Executive Secretariat's 2021 AWP (ii) to consolidate the actions to be carried out in 2022 by the Executive Secretariat of COMIFAC with the support of stakeholders (iii) to identify possible areas of synergy with the actions of the AWP and the contributions of technical and financial partners.
The President of the Democratic Republic of Congo H.E. Félix Antoine Tshisékédi Tshilombo has succeeded his counterpart and brother H.E. Denis Sassou N'guésso as the current President of ECCAS for a one-year term.
The 2022 session of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) will be the 10th session of the HLPF, and will take place in July 2022.
The GEF-7 Corporate Scorecard is a comprehensive report on the performance of the Global Environment Facility during the GEF-7 period. In particular, the Scorecard reports on the progress made towards the achievement of the GEF-7 targets. It also looks at how the GEF is utilizing resources made available for its seventh replenishment cycle and making progress in the implementation of key policies. The Scorecard is published twice a year and this issue includes all projects approved from June 2018 up to and including the December 2021 work program.
Adaptation Fund Projects and Programmes Continued to Deliver to the Most Climate-Vulnerable Throughout 2021
“The Adaptation Fund’s effective projects and innovative finance programs continued to grow rapidly in 2021, with now more than 125 concrete localized projects around the world reaching over 31 million total beneficiaries,” said AF Board Chair Mr. Mattias Broman, of Sweden. “The Fund appreciates its record-setting support received from 16 different contributors in 2021, which will go to helping reach even more vulnerable countries with concrete adaptation solutions.”
The IPCC is now in its sixth assessment cycle, in which the IPCC is producing the Sixth Assessment Report (AR6) with contributions by its three Working Groups and a Synthesis Report, three Special Reports, and a refinement to its latest Methodology Report. The Working Group I contribution to the Sixth Assessment Report, Climate Change 2021: The Physical Science Basis was released on 9 August 2021. The Working Group II contribution was released on 28 February 2022. The Working Group III contribution will be released in early April 2022. The Synthesis Report will be the last of the AR6 products and is scheduled to be released in September 2022.
Many of the impacts of global warming are now simply "irreversible" according to the UN's latest assessment. But the authors of a new report say that there is still a brief window of time to avoid the very worst. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change says that humans and nature are being pushed beyond their abilities to adapt. Over 40% of the world's population are "highly vulnerable" to climate, the sombre study finds. But there's hope that if the rise in temperatures is kept below 1.5C, it would reduce projected losses.
The IWC was set up under the International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling, which was signed in Washington DC, US, on 2 December 1946. The preamble to the Convention states that its purpose is to provide for the proper conservation of whale stocks and thus make possible the orderly development of the whaling industry.
The CBFP Facilitator of the Federal Republic of Germany, Honorable Dr. Christian Ruck participates in a meeting to re-launch the Consultation Circle of Partners of MINFOF and MINEPDED (CCPM) in Yaoundé
On Tuesday 25 January 2022, between 11:00 and 13:00, a meeting was held at the Hotel La Falaise in Yaoundé between Partners of the forest and environment sector in Cameroon. Organised by KfW on the occasion of the mission of the CBFP Facilitator of the Federal Republic of Germany, Honorable Dr. Christian Ruck in Yaoundé, the meeting consisted of the re-launch of the Consultation Circle of the Partners of MINFOF and MINEPDED (CCPM).
Meeting between CBFP Facilitator, Honorable Dr. Christian Ruck in Cameroon and His Excellency Mr Jules Doret Ndongo, Minister of Forests and Wildlife, MINFOF and Chairman of the COMIFAC Bureau
The meeting between the two distinguished personalities took place on Monday 24 January 2022, at the Ministry of Forests and Wildlife of Cameroon and focused on; Debriefing of COP 26 - Next steps; MoP: a) COMIFAC's assumption of the co-chairmanship of the MoP: date, theme and structure of the MoP; b) Letter of Invitation to the MoP for COMIFAC Ministers by the COMIFAC President; c) Letter of Invitation to the MoP by the current COMIFAC President to Ministers...
Press release: The Republic of Angola joins Comifac to protect the world's largest carbon sink - COMIFAC
Yaoundé, Cameroon, 13 January 2021 - The Republic of Angola becomes the 11th member state of the Central African Forest Commission (COMIFAC), a common organization for the countries of the sub-region in charge of coordinating actions for the conservation and sustainable management of forest ecosystems, announces the accession of the Republic of Angola to the institution as its eleventh member state. The letter of accession of Angola was signed on October 20, 2021 by its President, João Lourenço, after a vote in the Angolan National Assembly.
The resumed fifth session of the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA-5.2) takes place online and in Nairobi on 28 February – 2 March 2022. The overall theme for UNEA-5 is “Strengthening Actions for Nature to Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals”. This highlights the pivotal role nature plays in our lives and in social, economic and environmental sustainable development.
Human-induced climate change is causing dangerous and widespread disruption in nature and affecting the lives of billions of people around the world, despite efforts to reduce the risks. People and ecosystems least able to cope are being hardest hit, said scientists in the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report, Climate Change 2022: Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability
We renew our commitment to promote sustainability in agriculture by eliminating deforestation in relation to agricultural commodities, and by working in partnership with consumer and producer countries and with all actors along the supply chains to this end. We will take further action both nationally and as a group and will also collectively promote and support strengthened and ambitious action at European level to achieve sustainable and deforestation-free agricultural commodity supplies and thereby contribute to sustaining forests and their ecosystems globally.
The 17th session of the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF 17) will take place in May 2022 in New York, US. The session will include policy discussions on the implementation of the UN strategic plan for forests 2017–2030, including activities in support of the thematic priorities for the biennium 2021–2022.
Ninth Session of the Plenary of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES-9) – IISD
The ninth session of the Plenary of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES-9) will consider the thematic assessment of the sustainable use of wild species, and the methodological assessment regarding the diverse conceptualization of multiple values of nature and its benefits, including biodiversity and ecosystem functions and services.
UN Multi-stakeholder Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for the SDGs (STI Forum) 2022 – IISD
The seventh annual UN Multi-stakeholder Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for the Sustainable Development Goals (STI Forum) will take place in May 2022, during the 2022 session of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).
When asked to think about natural carbon sinks, what’s the first image that comes to mind? Forests, right? Although their role is hugely significant, the less thought of wetlands are equally, and in many cases, more effective carbon sinks. Coastal wetlands such as mangroves store carbon up to 55 times faster than tropical rainforests. Peatlands, which cover about three per cent of the planet’s land surface, sequester approximately 30 per cent of all land-based carbon – that’s twice the amount than all of the world’s forests combined. Yet, wetlands, from marshes to swamps to coral reefs, are disappearing three times faster than forests.
The Growing Urgency of Funding Off-Grid Solar: Exploring the Multi-Billion Dollar Investment Opportunity in Achieving Climate and Energy Access Goals - NEXTBILLION
In the last decade, the off-grid solar industry has become a key solution to quickly deliver clean energy access to low-income and hard-to-reach communities. It currently serves 420 million people and has helped mitigate over 150 million metric tonnes of CO2e (according to GOGLA estimates), while enabling remote and vulnerable populations to adapt and become more resilient to climate change.
Boost governance in Peru’s secondary forests to enhance landscape restoration - FORESTS NEWS - CIFOR
Assessing the value of secondary forests in Peru is vital for designing policies that recognize the benefits they contribute to sustainable ecosystem management efforts and restoring tree cover in a cost-effective manner, while including livelihood benefits and climate mitigation. Defined as natural forest regrowth after clearance, secondary forests are estimated to make up 13.3 percent of forest cover in the Peruvian Amazon. They provide 63 percent of forest cover in Southeast Asia, and 34 percent across the lowland Neotropics.
A dietary delicacy in some countries in Africa and Asia, the pangolin is also prized for its scales, which are used in folk and traditional remedies to treat various ailments. Although pangolins are protected by international laws under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna (CITES), estimates indicate that more than a million pangolins have been illegally trafficked worldwide since 2013.
Better known outside Africa for shea butter, which is used in chocolate manufacturing, cuisine and cosmetics, the shea (Vitellaria paradoxa) is an evergreen flowering tree found across the African continent, from Senegal in the west to the foothills of the Ethiopian highlands in the east.Scientists like Prasad Hendre from the Center for International Forestry Research and World Agroforestry (CIFOR-ICRAF) and Iago Hale from the University of New Hampshire in the United States have now settled on a solution that may save the tree that also provides millions of households with a highly nutritious cooking oil, as well as a vital source of income, with its supply chain almost entirely controlled by women.
Polar regions attract increasing public interest and attention with respect to climate change, mainly because of the visible effects. Climate-induced changes, such as ice melting, are regularly reported in the media, sometimes accompanied by important information on the significance of the frozen world for the global climate and human socioeconomic development. Environmental changes in the Arctic and the Antarctic are accelerating, affecting local species and ecosystems, and impacting the broader climate and ecological systems far beyond the polar regions.
On Tuesday, 22 February 2022, negotiations began in earnest on important yet delicate issues, engendering lengthy debates which lasted long into the night. Delegates met throughout the day in two informal working groups to address four different clusters of issues.
The approval plenary for the Summary for Policymakers (SPM) of the Working Group II (WGII) contribution to the Sixth Assessment Report (AR6) of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) continued throughout Tuesday, with delegates gathering in plenary and contact group sessions.
Over 400 youth-led or youth-serving organizations make up the UN MGCY, a dedicated space for children and youth in the UN to address issues ranging from the environment and human rights to peace and security. Those MGCY organizations that share a focus on the environment and sustainable development can receive UNEP accreditation and engage through the MGCY to UNEP.
We, the Heads of State and Government of the Member States of the African Union (AU) and the European Union (EU) met on 17–18 February 2022 under the Co-Chairpersonship of H.E. Mr. Charles Michel, President of the European Council and H.E. Mr. Macky Sall, President of the Republic of Senegal and Chairperson of the African Union. We recall the 5th AU-EU Summit held in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire on 29-30 November 2017 and the 2nd AU-EU Foreign Affairs Ministerial Meeting held in Kigali, Rwanda, on 25-26 October 2021.
A High Ambition Coalition on Biodiversity beyond National Jurisdiction Protecting the Ocean: Time for Action - European Union - African Union
The Ocean is of vital importance to current and future generations. There is only one Ocean. Every State, every economic player, every community of people and every individual has a responsibility to conserve it and to use it sustainably. We, Heads of State and Government and the European Union, are deeply concerned about the continued degradation of the Ocean from human activities escalating the devastating effects of the climate change and biodiversity crises.
High-Level UN Conference to Support the Implementation of SDG 14 (Second UN Ocean Conference) – IISD
The second UN Ocean Conference was originally scheduled to take place from 2-6 June 2020, in Lisbon, Portugal, but was postponed in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, until “public health conditions allow” in 2022. On 9 September 2021, the UNGA decided that the Conference will take place in Lisbon, Portugal, from 27 June to 1 July 2022. It is co-hosted by Kenya and Portugal. The UNGA mandated the appointment of co-facilitators to lead intergovernmental consultations on the Conference declaration and finalize the organizational arrangements no later than May 2022.
Caroline Duhesme, secretary of the ATIBT Certification Commission, monitors the evolution of certification in recent years. She presents the trends and perspectives of FSC and PEFC/PAFC certification in the Congo Basin. Forest certification developed late and with difficulty in Africa, particularly in Central Africa. The first FSC certificates were issued in 2005 (after an unsuccessful attempt in 1996).
In this story published on the initiative of ATIBT, Nicolas Bayol tells an impressive encounter with an elephant, 20 years ago in Gabon. February 8, 2022, my second birthday: it's been 20 years since an elephant attacked and injured me. I take this opportunity to publish a completed version of the story of this adventure.
The 26th Session of the FAO Committee on Forestry (COFO 26) is scheduled to take place 3-7 October 2022 in Rome, Italy.
The XV World Forestry Congress aims to provide an opportunity for the global forestry community to consider the state and future of world forestry, particularly in the context of the recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, while striving to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. It will be held on the theme, “Building a Green, Healthy and Resilient Future with Forests.”
The 2022 session of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Forum on Financing for Development Follow-up, also known as the FfD Forum, will take place in April 2022.
This Conference comprises the 15th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 15) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the tenth Meeting of the Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety (Cartagena Protocol COP/MOP 10), and the fourth Meeting of the Parties to the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit-sharing (Nagoya Protocol COP/MOP 4).
ATIBT expresses its deepest condolences to his family and friends. Franck Bisiaux did not need any other diploma than his agricultural BTS to lead a brilliant career for more than 20 years in West and Central Africa.
According to an article in Le Nouveau Gabon, wood production has doubled in the last 10 years to reach 3.7 million m3 in 2021. Over the past nine years, timber production has doubled in Gabon. According to data from the French Treasury, it has risen from 1.9 million m3 in 2012 to nearly 3.7 million in 2021.
A visit from World Forest ID to the ATIBT gave us an insight into this interesting approach. Tackling global deforestation and degradation requires that the actors involved in global supply chains have the means to accurately verify the identity and geographic source of both timber and deforestation-related agricultural commodities.
The first trainings of the actors of the sector for the year 2022 took place in Gabon from January 12 to 28 with the full satisfaction of the beneficiaries and the government authorities. The two training sessions aimed at providing forestry and wood industry actors with the capacity to better understand the upcoming forestry resource exploitation contexts ended in Gabon on January 28.
In December 2021, the consortium formed by Eticwood and Nature+, both members of ATIBT, was selected for the Technical Coordination of the AFD EU FLEGT Program. Presentation of the Program. This program focuses on eight priority countries (Cameroon, Congo, Ghana, Guyana, Honduras, Liberia, Central African Republic and Vietnam) and will last for a period of 4 years (2022-2025). The main objective of the Program is to contribute to sustainable forest management, with 3 sub-objectives: operationalization of the VPA, capacity building of civil society organizations, and support to the private sector in the implementation of the VPA.
The World Day for Safety and Health at Work is celebrated annually on 28 April to promote the prevention of occupational accidents and diseases globally. It is an awareness-raising campaign intended to focus international attention on the magnitude of the problem and on how promoting and creating a safety and health culture can help reduce the number of work-related deaths and injuries.
EU enforcement is overdue: Destruction of Romania’s Natura 2000 primary and old-growth forests continues - FERN
In a tersely worded reasoned opinion – the step prior to a court referral – the European Commission gave Romania just one month to start implementing EU laws to stop illegal logging and the continued destruction of Romania’s Natura 2000 sites. That was in July 2020. This bold stance has seemingly been followed by not much at all, a delay remarkable enough to warrant an MEP question, in March 2021, as to why progress in the infringement procedure was so limited. And still nothing.
These days, Brazil is not the first country most people would go to for lessons on stopping deforestation and violations of Indigenous Peoples’ rights, but it has perhaps the most impressive deforestation-monitoring system in the world. In December 2021, Fern released a new report looking at what a proposed EU deforestation observatory could learn from Brazil. Just days after its release, Copernicus Sentinel-1B, a very important satellite for observing deforestation, went dark.
Will the EU finally get its forest management incentives right? Today, a great deal of EU public financial support goes to bioenergy production (about €10 billion per year for woody biomass), causing additional logging and harming the climate, nature and forests’ role as a carbon sink. By comparison, public funding for improving forest biodiversity is rarely used and, sadly, a recent EU Court of Auditors found it had little impact on shifting the curve of carbon and biodiversity loss.
The Summit between EU and African Union leaders – postponed from October 2020 to 17 - 18 February 2022 because of COVID-19 – is deemed by EU institutions to be a chance to recreate the bloc’s “partnership” with Africa. But civil society organisations (CSOs) worry that the ongoing dialogue between the EU and Africa will promote business as usual over tackling the unfolding climate and environmental crisis.
Indigenous organisations tell European policy makers to respect their land rights, or new anti-deforestation legislation is likely to fail - FERN
Community leaders of 22 Indigenous organisations from 33 countries have said that the European Union’s landmark anti-deforestation law is likely to fail unless businesses are required to respect land rights. For this, relevant international law and standards provide a more reliable standard of compliance than un-harmonised producer-country rules.
Official handover of equipment to combat COVID-19 in the vicinity of Burundi’s national and transboundary protected areas
On 14 December 2021, H.E. Dr. Déo-Guide RUREMA, Minister of Environment, Agriculture and Livestock of Burundi, presided over the official handover ceremony of COVID-19 control equipment to Health Centres located in the vicinity of the national and transboundary protected areas, to COMIFAC National Coordination of Burundi and to civil society organisations.
Covid-19 pandemic control – Support to the fight against Covid-19 pandemic in the vicinity of SENA-URA National Park in Chad
On 20 October 2021, a ceremony was held in Ndjamena, Chad, to handover health equipment to strengthen the technical platform for the care and preservation of COVID-19 in the surrounding areas of SENA-OURA border park. COMIFAC, supported by the German Technical Cooperation through GIZ Regional Support Project for COMIFAC, has through this action affirmed its willingness to accompany member states in their conservation efforts.
Last week, Le Commerce du Bois presented the results of a study conducted by Jean-Marc Mornas on the evolution and prospects of the wood decking market in France: "2017-2022 evolution, 2021 estimate and 2025 prospects". ATIBT proposes here a focus on the tropical wood decking market.
The commissions are back with liveliness at this beginning of 2022. The "timber and standardisation" commission was held on Monday 17, the "certification" commission on Thursday 20, the marketing commission on Thursday, January 27. This week, we are also dedicating an article to the launch of the carbon commission, which also took place on the afternoon of Thursday 20.
The G7 Leaders' Summit 2022 is expected to take place in June 2022 in the Bavarian Alps. Germany will take over the G7 Presidency on 1 January 2022, and will host the Summit.
Launch of the ATIBT carbon commission: making the link between forest operators and carbon market actors-ATIBT
The carbon commission was launched on January 20 and complements the five other ATIBT commissions on a subject that, due to its complexity, requires a specific working group.
The ATIBT ordinary general assembly, which was held on Friday 28 January, ratified the appointment of Françoise Van de Ven as the new president of the ATIBT
She succeeds Olman Serrano, whose term of office was coming to an end. On the same day, an extraordinary general assembly allowed for certain modifications to be made to the statutes of our association. The new statutes will soon be available on the ATIBT website.
2022 will be a significant year for governing the 2030 Agenda and other global frameworks on protecting the environment. While 2020 was anticipated as a super year for nature, and 2021 was considered all the more crucial for biodiversity after the pandemic froze many global discussions, 2022 now holds the cumulative need for high-level negotiations driven by renewed political will to adequately tackle environmental issues. It also inches the world closer to key deadlines for human and planetary wellbeing.
The fifteenth session of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD COP 15) was originally expected to take place in the final quarter of 2021. Due to the global pandemic, the Bureau decided to reschedule it to take place between May and October 2022.
Despite taking place online “for reasons that we would have preferred to avoid,” as Executive Secretary Ibrahim Thiaw noted, the UN Convention to Combat Desertification’s (UNCCD) Committee for the Review of the Implementation of the Convention (CRIC) made good use of the opportunity to share experiences on issues to be addressed at the next session of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention (COP 15).
The President of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) outlined priorities for the remainder of the 76th session (January-September 2022). Among the high-level meetings convening in the coming months, he noted the ‘Moment for Nature’ that will take place in July.
New research from IISD highlights what could be at stake for climate action as negotiators continue discussions on modernizing the Energy Charter Treaty. As one of the world’s most controversial international investment agreements on energy cooperation is put back under scrutiny this week, new research from the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) highlights what could be at stake for climate action.
The UN’s High-level Group for Partnership, Coordination and Capacity-Building for Statistics for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (HLG-PCCB) met to review implementation of the Cape Town Global Action Plan for sustainable development data, in light of needs for capacity development and financial resources for national statistical offices (NSOs).
London (CNN Business)When protests swept Kazakhstan earlier this month, they were fueled by frustration with the ruling elite and entrenched inequality. But the unrest was sparked by a specific catalyst: an end to a government subsidy.The cost of liquefied petroleum gas — which most people in the western part of the country use to power their cars — doubled overnight after the government lifted price caps. The ensuing turmoil, which saw thousands of protesters take to the streets, resulted in a Russian-led military intervention, the resignation of the government and the deaths of more than 200 people.
Countries are increasingly using their NAP processes to realize gender-responsive climate action and act on the Gender Action Plan (GAP) under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.
Building Peace and Climate Resilience: Aligning peacebuilding and climate adaptation in fragile states-IISD
It can be difficult to make the case for climate adaptation planning in contexts defined by fragility and violence. However, a failure to integrate climate adaptation considerations into peacebuilding plans and post-conflict development agendas can undermine the long-term viability of both. This article was originally published on the Ecosystem for Peace – A compendium of ideas website, hosted on medium.com, and is reprinted below with permission.
The Timber Trade Federation is changing its name to Timber Development UK.
We relay below the press release from Bureau Veritas announcing this first training session. We inform you of the imminent holding from March 28 to April 1, 2022 of the first training session for auditors on the PAFC Congo Basin certification scheme in the sub-region. The organization of this training is the result of the collaboration between Bureau Veritas and the organizations that are PEFC International, PAFC Congo Basin, ATIBT and PPECF.
The Fair&Precious brand, which supports the FSC and PAFC-PEFC certification schemes, intends to better interact with civil society actors, who will convey the 10 Fair&Precious commitments in the Congo basin and in Europe. These two spokespersons are joining the Fair&Precious program at the beginning of 2022: we welcome Edwige EYANG EFFA and Norbert GAMI, whom we introduce below.
Remarks by IPBES Executive Secretary Anne Larigauderie at Fondation Prince Albert II of Monaco Awards Ceremony-IPBES
This prize is a tribute to the entire IPBES community. It recognizes and rewards the efforts of the thousands of scientists and holders of indigenous and local knowledge from all regions of the world who have volunteered their time and expertise to IPBES over the past 10 years.
The recent Dakar meeting of the Eighth Ministerial Conference of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) 2021 marked a significant step in collaborative efforts to combat illegal wildlife trade and develop nature-based solutions to support an African green economy and tackle climate change.
A TRAFFIC report highlights threatened species are still commercially traded in open bushmeat markets despite legal protection in Cameroon and the Republic of the Congo. The report suggests that less protected animal substitutes may be at risk of overexploitation in the future as a result.
Chengdu, China, December 2021 - Chinese online platforms should consider implementing anti-money laundering (AML) ‘follow the money’ approaches to prevent traffickers from exploiting their services for illegal wildlife trade and help catch the wider criminal networks negatively impacting species and ecosystems across the globe.
If waste is dumped far enough from land it cannot cause harm, it was believed for hundreds of years. This led to people using the ocean as a dumping ground for millions of tonnes of waste each year until the 1970s.
The UN General Assembly has designated 2022 the International Year of Sustainable Mountain Development. All governments, international organizations, and stakeholders are invited to use the Year to increase awareness of the importance of conserving and sustainably using mountain ecosystems.
The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) announced the 2021 winners of the Champions of the Earth award, which recognizes environmental leaders from government, civil society, and the private sector.
In this edition of the TFU we report on the outcomes of the most recent session of the International Tropical Timber Council, which concluded in early December 2021. Most crucially at the session, Ms Sheam Satkuru, a Malaysian national and the first woman to win the position, was appointed by consensus as ITTO’s next Executive Director. Ms Satkuru is a lawyer by training and has considerable experience in international negotiations and the tropical timber trade.
Antalya, Turkey – The workshop “Development of Project Proposal to Combat Desertification in the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) region” took place on 14-16 December 2021, organized by the Republic of Turkey, the General Directorate of Combating Desertification and Erosion, and the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO). The workshop brought together countries ECO region including Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan, as well as the representatives of the UNCCD and FAO.
The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) announced the 2021 winners of the Champions of the Earth award, which recognizes environmental leaders from government, civil society, and the private sector. The selected Champions’ projects are expected to reinforce the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration (2021-2030). UNEP notes that neither the SDGs nor the Paris Agreement on climate change can be achieved without reviving ecosystems.
The Adaptation Fund has launched a new USD 10 million pilot small grants programme (Adaptation Fund Climate Innovation Accelerator, AFCIA) to foster innovation in adaptation in developing countries at the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP25) in Madrid. Two of the Adaptation Fund’s accredited Multilateral Implementing Entities (MIEs), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), have been selected as implementing entities of the AFCIA. The Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN) works in conjunction with UNEP, receiving USD 5 million to administrate and aggregate 25 micro-grants projects (up to USD 250,000 each).
Rwanda is set to host the regional headquarters of Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) following a presidential order signed by President Paul Kagame and issued in the national gazette. Founded in 1895, Wildlife Conservation Society is an NGO with headquarters in New York with the aim to conserve the world's largest wildlife and wild places in 14 priority regions home to more than 50 percent of the world's biodiversity.
Researchers consider the benefits of conservation retreat: smaller reserves and focused funding – Anthropocene magazine
Decades of declining herbivore populations in central African national parks have conservation scientists arguing that smaller reserves might be better for wildlife. As conservationists press for a major expansion of protected habitat around the world, scientists with years of experience in central Africa say new evidence calls for just the opposite in the region.
At the beginning of this year, we learn that Ben Gunneberg is leaving his position as CEO after 22 years at PEFC. ATIBT wishes him the best for the future.
ClientEarth launches this month a consultation on women's rights in the forestry sector in Gabon and the Republic of Congo
This mission will focus on the status of women's rights in the forestry sector legislation applicable in Gabon and support to Gabonese and Congolese civil society through capacity strenghting and gender inclusion.
ATIBT has conducted numerous press actions throughout 2021 mainly around Fair&Precious brand. A look back at these advocacy activities for a sustainable trade of tropical timber.
The year 2021 ended with excellent news for the Congo Basin PAFC project: the scheme is now recognized by the PEFC Council!
For decades, Fern and partners have campaigned to strengthen the rights of forest peoples and protect and restore forests. There have been locust years, when things went backwards, and harvest years, when plans come to fruition. Gratifyingly, 2021 was a year in which the forest movement achieved outstanding successes and we enter 2022 energised and ready to defend and build on them.
UN Biodiversity Convention to host series of webinars prior to the resumed sessions of its two subsidiary bodies and working group on post-2020 global biodiversity framework.
New paper Paul Scholte et al. : Conservation overstretch and the long term decline of wildlife and tourism in the Central African savannas
When in 2010 the world's governments pledged to increase protected area coverage to 17% of the world's land surface, several Central African countries had already set aside 25% of their northern savannas for conservation. To evaluate the effectiveness of this commitment, we analyzed the results of 68 multispecies surveys conducted in the 7 main savanna national parks in Central Africa (1960-2017).
ITTO appoints Executive Director, sets new priorities to increase economic contribution of tropical forest sector while reducing deforestation and increasing resilience
YOKOHAMA, JAPAN, 20 December 2021: The International Tropical Timber Council appointed Ms Sheam Satkuru as the new Executive Director of the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) at its virtual 57th session concluded in early December 2021 and also endorsed a strategic action plan to set the Organization’s path for the next five years.
The CBFP Facilitator of the Federal Republic of Germany, Honorable Dr. Christian Ruck, Goodwill Ambassador of the COMIFAC Declaration, wishes you a happy holiday season 2021 and all the best for 2022
in this holiday season marking the end of 2021, I wish to express my appreciation and gratitude to you. Your rich and various contributions and your proactive and dedicated involvement have enriched and enhanced the efficacy of our joint partnership. Our fruitful and close collaboration was an overwhelming success internationally and most tangibly during the CoP 26 in Glasgow, UK.