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.
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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.