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.