Best wishes for 2020!

The Minister of State François-Xavier de Donnea, outgoing Facilitator of the Kingdom of Belgium of the CBFP and Honourable Dr Christian Ruck, Facilitator of the Federal Republic of Germany of the CBFP wish you happy end-of-year celebrations 2019 and express their best wishes for the new year, 2020! Find out more...

 

CBFP News

Forests play a key role in tackling climate change

This briefing note from Coordination SUD and Fern analyses the issues we need to address to ensure forests help deliver tropical forested countries’ Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs). This includes respect for communities’ rights and preserving their livelihoods, protecting and restoring biodiversity, and improved forest governance. Tackling these challenges will require effective civil society participation.

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Cbd-Zero Draft of the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework published by the Secretariat

The Open-Ended Working Group on the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework has been tasked with advancing preparations for the development of the post-2020 global biodiversity framework. It is expected that this process will culminate in the adoption of a post-2020 global biodiversity framework by the Conference of the Parties to the CBD, at the UN Biodiversity Conference in 2020 in Kunming, China as a stepping stone towards achieving the 2050 Vision of “Living in harmony with nature".

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Ecozona-The Screaming Forest: An Ecocritical Assessment of Le Cri de la forêt

From a postcolonial ecocritical standpoint, this essay analyzes the play Le Cri de la forêt (2015) co-authored by Henri Djombo, a cabinet minister from Congo-Brazzaville, and Osée Colin Koagne, a stage director and environmental activist from Francophone Cameroon. Mindful of the rich biodiversity of the Congo Basin where the playwrights originate, the essay interrogates why the forest in the play is screaming and moves on to engage with related ecological questions such as the scapegoating of witchcraft and doubtful traditional beliefs amidst climate change.

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FERN: Five EU forest trends to watch out for in 2020 & Save the Date - February 2020 (Brussels)

In 2019, forests and forest peoples’ rights rose up the global political – and spiritual - agenda, and the EU made high profile commitments to protect forests abroad and at home as part of their European Green Deal.  But will 2020 see such commitments turned into action? Here are five questions we hope to give positive answers to at the end of the year...

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Overview and analyses of key national policies, strategies and action plans relevant to deforestation, child and forced labour, and smallholder inclusion in Cameroon

The overarching objective of this study is to identify laws and policies on deforestation, child labour, force labour and smallholder inclusion in Cameroon, and analyze how these policies support the private sector to align with the sustainable production of timber, palm oil, cocoa and rubber. This review clearly demonstrates that both government and private sector can achieve targets of curbing deforestation and ensuring effective respect of human rights along the supply chains of the selected commodities.

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Statement on the situation of wildlife in the Congo Basin (and in Cameroon in particular) - Resolving Conservation Conflicts in West/Central African Protected Areas

The statement is the outcome of a meeting of various CBFP partners at the Congo Basin Institute in Yaounde:  ...We are a group of scientists, including faculty members from respected universities in Cameroon and abroad, representatives of protected areas management units, law enforcement organisations (LAGA), rangers, and international organisations (TRAFFIC, WWF). In October 2019, we met in Yaoundé to assess the current status of conservation in the country and discuss ways forward to solve what we consider to be a conservation crisis...

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Final Communiqué of the Experts’ Meeting to Follow up on the N’Djamena Conference on The Sahel-Congo Basin Roadmap on the Operational Implementation of the N'Djamena Declaration Synthesis

The Kingdom of Belgium Facilitation of the Congo Basin Forest Partnership (CBFP), in close collaboration with the Central African Forest Commission (COMIFAC) and the Government of the Republic of Cameroon, hosted from 16 to 17 December 2019 in Douala, Cameroon, the Experts’ Meeting for the follow up of the International conference on Security, Poaching, Transhumance Management and the Movements of Armed Groups between the Sahel and Equatorial Africa.

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CAFI and EU join forces for the future of Central African Forests

Brussels, 4 November:  As part of growing commitments from donors to Central African forests and people, matching growing concern about accelerating forest loss of Earth’s 2nd lung, the  European Commission signed a15 million euros (16 million dollars) funding agreement to the Central African Forest Initiative (CAFI) Trust Fund.

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Upcoming Events

FGF 2020 Applications Now Open !

Job offers

Rainforest Alliance-Senior Associate, Gender & Social Protection

The Senior Associate, Gender and Social Protection will be mainly responsible to promote the role of women and youth (especially young women) as agents of development and change in the WHC through women’s participation in the Landscape Management Boards (LMBs), strengthening gender equity during land management planning and deliver technical support to the LMBs, Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) and Community Based Organisations (CBOs) on gender mainstreaming and equity in their interventions.

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Call for Applications: 2020 Global Youth Biodiversity Summit in Miyazaki

The purpose of this notification is to inform you of the 2020 Global Youth Biodiversity Summit in Miyazaki that will be held from 20 to 26 April 2020 in Miyazaki City, Miyazaki Prefecture, Japan, and to invite you to encourage youth from your country/organization to apply to participate.

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Regional Communication & Knowledge Management Officer Global Water Partnership-Central Africa (GWP-CAf)

To effectively and efficiently support its partners and CWPs in their work, and help expand GWP-CAf partnership base and implementation capacity, GWP-CAf is recruiting a Communications and Knowledge Management Officer who will be based at the GWP-CAf regional secretariat in Yaoundé. Applications must be submitted electronically no later than 5 pm (Cameroon time) on 31st January 2020.

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Assessment of training needs in the field of natural resource management

In collaboration with Queen's University in Canada, International Forest, & Environmental Development - IFED is in the process of finalizing its 2020 Africa professional training and capacity building plan for technicians, engineers and administrative officers working in the fields of environment and natural resources management. It is in order to take better into account your real training needs that this survey was designed and submitted to your assessment.

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CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: Climate Governance, Diplomacy And Negotiations Leadership

The overall objective of the Program is to build and strengthen African climate leaders and to improve their knowledge and negotiation skills to enable them to engage effectively in international climate change policy discourse as well as contribute to the successful implementation of climate actions at regional and national levels.

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AFORPOLIS Save the Date – Call for Abstracts

The African forest policies and Politics (AFORPOLIS) organisation, TROPENBOS International (TBI) and TROPENBOS Ghana (TBG) are organising the second social sciences conference on “African forest-related policies and politics” (AFORPOLIS conference 2020). Please submit your abstract by January 15th, 2020.

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WWF-TDR: Strategic and operational capacity building of partner civil society organizations (CSOs)

 The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) is seeking a consultant to provide strategic and operational capacity building to CSOs in Gabon. Complete applications must be submitted by 6 January 2020.

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CIFOR-Junior Communications Consultant for Central Africa

The Junior Communications Consultant for Central Africa will support the implementation of CIFOR’s communication strategy in the Congo Basin. He/she will work closely with CIFOR’s team in Central Africa to maximize the visibility of CIFOR’s activities in the region. Please send a copy of CV (two pages maximum) and motivation letter (one page) in either English or French, before the 10 of January 2020.

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