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.
Sharm El-Sheikh, 14 November 2022 - Ministers from COMIFAC, Germany, the United Kingdom and senior officials from several governments, CBFP partners and COMIFAC countries launched a Fair Deal Task Force at COP27 to develop key elements for the policy debate on long-term sustainable financing of the ecological services of the Congo Basin's forests and peatlands - in line with the "COMIFAC Declaration" of September 2021 in Berlin (the so-called Fair Deal).
The Task Force launch meeting was co-chaired by H.E. Jules Doret NDongo, President of COMIFAC (host) and H.E. Sts. Jochen Flasbarth, State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development BMZ. This important meeting was attended by: Lord Zac Goldsmith, UK Minister of State for Overseas Territories, Commonwealth, Energy, Climate and Environment and Prof. Lee, Minister for Water, Forestry, Marine and Environment of Gabon. These illustrious ministers delivered opening speeches in support of the Task Force.
The meeting was moderated by Honourable Dr. Christian Ruck, CBFP Facilitator of the Federal Republic of Germany,
The following took part in the meeting:
COMIFAC Executive Secretariat;
CIFOR-ICRAF, Central Africa hub (CIFOR, Representative of the scientists)
Co-chair of the CBFP Donor College
Germany (CBFP Facilitation of the Federal Republic of Germany, GIZ/KfW)
France (Incoming French CBFP Facilitation, AfD)
Experte Gabon (incoming CBFP Co-facilitation)
Development Bank (MFI, World Bank, AfDB)
Central African Forest Initiative (CAFI)
Some information on the context and objectives of the creation of the Task Force
On the proposal of COMIFAC's Acting President Jules Doret Ndongo, Secretary of State Jochen Flasbarth of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, and the Head of the French delegation Philippe Lacoste at the closing panel of MOP 19 on 8 July 2022 in Libreville, the CBFP General Assembly plenary decided to set up a Task Force to develop key elements for the political debate on a concept for long-term sustainable financing of the ecological services of the forests and peatlands of the Congo Basin - in line with the "COMIFAC Declaration" of September 2021 in Berlin (the so-called Fair Deal).
More specifically, it will aim to:
Propose a medium- and long-term vision on how to coordinate and implement the principle of sustainable financing of countries' policies and action programmes;
Propose a "Fair Deal" mechanism for payments for ecosystem services from Central African forests, which would be permanent and would provide an equitable share of the funding and political commitment for Central African ecosystems. This mechanism should facilitate the mobilisation of public, private and philanthropic funding, and facilitate the absorption, modalities and procedures for accessing and operating such funding.
Thus, the Task Force should work to answer the following open questions on
Opportunities and solutions for intact or high integrity forests
Mobilising private capital
Exploring opportunities under the UNFCCC
And a more effective framework and coordination of international cooperation.
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