Kinshasa (Democratic Republic of the Congo) - 11 December 2020 – the CBFP Council held its eighth meeting. The gathering was chaired by the Honourable Dr Christian Ruck, CBFP Facilitator of the Federal Republic of Germany, co-chaired by His Excellency Mr. Jules Doret Ndongo, Cameroon Minister of Forestry and Wildlife, Acting Chairman of COMIFAC and hosted by: His Excellency Barrister Claude NYAMUGABO BAZIBUHE, Minister of Environment and Sustainable Development of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
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TRANSHUMANCE DAY SIDE-EVENT: Multidisciplinary approach to pacific management of cross-border transhumance aimed at promoting peaceful coexistence
The "Transhumance Day" side event was held on 9 December 2020, in the Kinshasa meeting room of the Congo River hotel. The day was devoted to strategic reflection on the topic of peaceful transhumance and gathered experts from the different geographical blocs established as part of the implementation of the N’DJAMENA Declaration. During the meeting, participants were presented a roadmap and a logical framework, which had been developed during previous working sessions.
There’s a saying in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) that refers to “Article 15,” a nonexistent paragraph of the country’s constitution during the Mobutu Sese Seko dictatorship in the 1970s. It stands for “figure it out yourself” and acknowledges the wide spread of corruption, implying that people cannot rely on the state to survive.
This agreement, which has just been signed by the two establishments, covers the implementation of technical activities relating to tropical timber, its processing and its uses.
The 7th annual STTC conference was held on 19 November on the theme "Holding the line and moving forward: roots for green recovery". The STTC team was delighted with this interactive and stimulating online event and thanks the participants for their presence and the ideas shared.
The Joint Implementation Committee took place on November 25 and 26, 2020 in the conference room of the Ministry of Forest Economy in Brazzaville and was co-chaired by Mrs. Rosalie MATONDO, Minister of Forest Economy and Mr. Raul MATEUS PAULA, Ambassador Head of the Delegation of the European Union in the Republic of Congo.
The Congo Basin Forest Partnership (CBFP) Facilitation of the Federal Republic of Germany in close collaboration with the Central African Forest Commission (COMIFAC) and the Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, hosted the Expert Technical Meeting alongside the 8th meeting of the Congo Basin Forest Partnership (CBFP) Council from 8 to 9 December 2020 in Kinshasa, DRC.
This study provides critical inputs to frame future media campaign messages and, by demonstrating some consumers’ interest in legal timber, to strengthen the domestic legitimacy of policies such as the Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade.
The 3rd ATIBT Think Tank on the theme "What future for certified companies in the Congo Basin" took place on the 2nd and 3rd of November 2020, by videoconference. Since its creation in May 2018, the Think Ttank has been supported by the ATIBT marketing program.
Efeca is currently undertaking a final evaluation review of this phase of CIFOR's Global Comparative Study (GCS) on REDD+ (2016-2020). This is an opportunity for you to express your opinions...
Edible Insects in Africa in Terms of Food, Wildlife Resource, and Pest Management Legislation - Article
As any other foodstuff, insects should be regulated by the government to ensure product quality and consumer safety. The goal of the present paper was to assess the current legal status of edible insects in Africa. For that, corresponding authorities were contacted along with an extensive online search, relying mostly on the FAOLEX database.
Several countries and financial institutions made new climate finance-related pledges, including: the United Kingdom, which pledged to double its climate finance contribution to USD 15.5 billion over the next five years; and the European Investment Bank, which announced a goal of 50% of investments going toward the climate and environment sectors by 2025.
The virtual sessions began with bad news for global biodiversity. The launch of the fifth edition of the Global Biodiversity Outlook, a final report card on progress against the 20 Aichi Biodiversity Targets adopted in 2010 with a 2020 deadline, starkly announced that none of the targets will be met.
In a virtual meeting, representatives of the Global Environment Facility’s 184 member countries moved this week to financially support countries seeking to protect nature and tackle environmental priorities amid the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, and endorsed new approaches to engage with the private sector and confront future zoonotic disease risks.
In December 2015, in Paris, France, nearly 200 countries adopted the Paris Agreement. It was a celebratory and historic moment, marking the end of many years of negotiations.
Experts look to the next frontier of community-led forest monitoring in Africa – Rainforestfoundationuk
At a time when illegal logging runs rampant, the climate is rapidly changing and environment and human rights defenders face increasing threats and attacks, empowering forest communities to speak up to protect their lands and rights is more urgent than ever. This was the central conclusion of the virtual workshop ‘The role of ForestLink and community-based monitoring in improving forest governance’ that RFUK organised from 24 to 26 November alongside our partners in Cameroon, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, Liberia and the Republic of Congo.
Measuring the impact of the EU-MERCOSUR trade deal on land use, forests, and the people who depend on them. – FERN
Ultimately, the impacts of trade agreements reverberate in local communities, in the individual lives of women, men and children, and in the destruction of the unique areas of forest and habitats which surround them.
The European Commission has stated that, “climate action is at the heart of the recently introduced European Green Deal”, including “ambitiously cutting greenhouse gas emissions” and reaching zero emissions by 2050. As part of the plan, the Commission raises the prospect of increased reliance on bioenergy sources.
The Food Systems Dashboard is an interactive tool that allows users to compare and analyze over 150 indicators of food systems at the country level. It aims to support policymakers, researchers, and civil society to examine variables that determine the availability, value, and health consequences of food resources globally.
The World Resources Institute (WRI) and ClimateWorks Foundation have released a report that assesses progress and opportunities to align emissions trajectories with the global average temperature increase of 1.5°C above preindustrial levels. The publication explores global and country-level emissions progress across six key sectors.
The first brief of the Brookings Institution’s ‘City Playbook for Advancing the SDGs’ explores the local governance structure used in Bristol, United Kingdom.
Countries aim to hold global average temperature rise well below 2°C and, if possible, 1.5°C, in line with recommendations from scientists, but their collective emission reduction pledges are far from sufficient. What efforts and disputes have led us to this crisis?
Forests and the livelihoods they provide through ecosystem services are increasingly impacted by infrastructure development and other global trends that undermine efforts to achieve sustainability goals, according to a new study by international experts.
Extraordinary Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biodiversity and the Meetings of the Parties to the Cartagena and Nagoya Protocols
The meeting was formally opened on Monday, 16 November 2020, by the presentation of the draft budget. Parties were given 72 hours to raise any objections in writing. If no objections were raised, the budget would be considered adopted. On Thursday, 19 November 2020, COP 14 President Yasmine Fouad, Minister of Environment, Egypt, announced a brief suspension of the meeting until 25 November 2020 for further consultations among parties to resolve a written objection. After another 48-hour “silence procedure,” on Friday, 27 November 2020, President Fouad announced the successful adoption of the budget and closed the ExCOP by written communication.