Central African countries' commitments to landscape restoration have the potential to deliver about three times more the climate benefits of all GCF allocations to date… These Central African commitments represent 24% of global commitments and 28% of African countries' commitments under the Bonn challenges...
The German CBFP Facilitation and COMIFAC are preparing for the 2021 Climate and Biodiversity Conferences of the Parties
From 9 to 13 March the COMIFAC Working Group meetings of the Central African Climate and Biodiversity Negotiators took place in Douala, Cameroon. These two meetings were held at the same time and place, with financial support provided by the German cooperation.
Concerning these meetings of both working groups, the following documents are available on the CBFP website:
- Final Communiqué of the 31st Meeting of the Central African Biodiversity Working Group - Central African Biodiversity Negotiators’ Group
- Roadmap of the Central African Biodiversity Working Group
- Final Communiqué of the Climate Working Group
Meeting of the Central African Biodiversity Negotiators’ Working Group - GTBAC- Key points from preparations of Central African countries for COP 15 of the UNCBD
Preparation of Negotiators - From 16 to 18 June a “Sub-regional Focal Points capacity building workshop on international negotiation techniques” will take place in Douala, Cameroon.
Some highlights from the workshop
A sub-regional workshop is planned for July, to develop common positions of the ECCAS / COMIFAC regions on the Global Biodiversity Framework.
A study is being envisaged to assess financial flows geared towards the biodiversity conservation efforts of at least 3 countries with the support of ECOFAC VI and GIZ.
In September 2021, during the 32nd Meeting of Biodiversity Negotiators - GTBAC 32 - Central Africa's common position on the agenda items of COP 15 and related meetings will be prepared.
Participation of Central African countries in COP 15 from 11 to 24 October 2021 (COP-15 CBD, MOP-3 Nagoya Protocol on ABS, MOP 10 Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety)
Some information on COMIFAC Climate related regional projects currently under development:
- development of a strategy to enhance the value of genetic resources and traditional knowledge
- a sub-regional project on enhancing the value of genetic resources (development of ABS value chains, etc.)
- a sub-regional project on managing invasive alien species
- a sub-regional project on preventing biotechnological risks
- development of a strategy for protecting traditional knowledge
To view the Final Communiqué, please follow this link:
Central African Climate Negotiators’ meeting - Key points from preparations of Central African countries for Climate COP 26
Funded by Germany, the workshop aimed to review the achievements of the NDCs in Central Africa.
Some highlights from the climate negotiators' workshop
NDC – National Determined Contributions
- A strong commitment from countries to update their NDCs before 31 July 2021. Only one country is up to date with its NDCs: Rwanda.
- An online coordinating body established online for monthly follow-up of NDC reviews and experience sharing between the countries
Climate Working Group Roadmap
A new roadmap was updated and adopted for the Climate Working Group - CCCWG
Bonn Climate Conference – Climate Intersession - SBI and SBSTA CCNUCC
- A Central African common strategy adopted in view of the Climate Group’s participation in the intersession - Bonn Climate Conference: SBI and SBSTA CCNUCC (31 May - 10 June 2021 Bonn, 2021)
- The President of the AGN (African Negotiators’ Group) was requested to share his agenda and take the countries’ expectations into account.
New programs and projects
Work programs of three COMIFAC projects adopted:
- Congo Basin Climate Action Transparency Hub (COCATH). Cost of project estimated at 600,000 Euro. Implementing Partners: The Initiative for Climate Action Transparency (ICAT).
- The Readiness Regional project to create a pipeline of projects, with a view to creating a REDD + catalytic fund, approved by the Green Climate Fund;
- The project to get more French-speaking countries involved in climate negotiations and in implementing the Paris Agreement, funded by Canada's IDRC.
A new CORDEX program (Coordinated Regional Climate Downscaling Experiment) has been established in Central Africa. CORDEX is a tool that helps assess the future impacts of climate change on different sectors of a country's economic life. A similar tool: Center of Application and Climate Prediction of Central Africa (CAPC).
Three COMIFAC projects under development:
- Concept note of the UNDP-led Regional REDD + Project, to be submitted to the Green Climate Fund;
- Concept note of the Regional Institutional Capacity Building Project on REDD + in Africa with the AfDB
- Readiness Program for Implementing LULUCF aspect of the NDC and accessing Climate Funds to be submitted to the Green Climate Fund;
Other decisions / recommendations:
- Facilitate the accreditation of Central African institutions to the Green Climate Fund at the national and sub-regional levels in the COMIFAC region. This is a major challenge.
- Greater involvement of civil society in the implementation of various projects is required.
- It is incumbent on the States to strengthen national teams to participate in conferences and negotiations
- States are encouraged to enhance mobilization of public resources for financing.
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The Central African Forests Observatory (OFAC) presents an updated assessment of the state of protected areas in the ten member countries of the Central African Forests Commission (COMIFAC). Join us on 29 June 2021, 11:00 AM dans Bruxelles for the launch of this publication. Interpretation English-French will be available.
4 June 2021, Nairobi/Rome - Leaders in global politics, science, communities, religion and culture joined hands today to officially kick off the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration - a rallying call for the protection and revival of millions of hectares of ecosystems all around the world for the benefit of people and nature.
Today's World Environment Day sees the start of the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration, as declared by the United Nations General Assembly for the period 2021 to 2030. It follows the UN Decade on Biodiversity which came to an end in 2020. The goal in the coming decade is to halt the ongoing degradation of ecosystems and begin their restoration. Federal Environment Minister Svenja Schulze will give a video message at a high-level virtual event organised by Pakistan, host of this year's World Environment Day, to mark the launch of the new UN Decade
Biodiversity is under immense threat. According to the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services, 1 million species of plants and animals are facing extinction, many within decades, unless action is taken to tackle the drivers of biodiversity loss (IPBES 2019). Moreover, without such action, the rate of species extinction will accelerate.
New Report Shows How Fiscal Reforms Can Positively Influence Forest Conservation and Ecosystem Health - CIF
Fiscal policies with the right incentives can be a powerful tool to help governments reduce deforestation and forest degradation and promote the sustainability of forests, according to a new report from the CIF Forest Investment Program (FIP) and the World Bank, commissioned by the CIF Evaluation and Learning (E&L) Initiative.
The Green Climate Fund (GCF) has launched a new report on how global finance can be aligned with sustainable development in order to achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement and deliver a COVID-19 economic recovery.
Press release: Joint statement on principles for collaboration under the Forest, Agriculture and Commodity Trade (FACT) Dialogue -UK
Following the first ministerial meeting of the Forest, Agriculture and Commodity Trade (FACT) Dialogue, 24 countries have endorsed a statement committing to working together to protect the world’s precious forests while also promoting sustainable trade.
April was a busy month for the park, with new radio systems installed for security and ranger operations across our field posts, with ongoing checks during the month of May. This new system will permit permanent, voice contact with all our key sites, and even ranger teams in the field!
This year's Carbon Pricing Leadership Report comes as much of the world continues to grapple with the global COVID-19 crisis that has ravaged communities , overwhelmed health care systems, closed borders, and brought economies to a near halt over the past year. As future generations look back at this time, they will see this pandemic as one of humanity's greatest tragedies, but they will also see our resilience.
Leaders from the UN, the private sector, national and local governments, youth and other organizations have called for countries, businesses, cities, and civil society groups to put forward “Energy Compacts” to show how they will contribute to achieving the goal of clean, affordable energy for all by 2030 (SDG 7) and net-zero emissions by 2050.
GEF pledges 2 million USD to support UNCCD Parties reporting on land degradation and desertification – UNCCD
The UNCCD Secretariat and Global Mechanism provide technical advice and capacity building support in this process through a Global Environment Facility (GEF) funded and UNEP (UN Environment) implemented Global Support Programme (GSP). GEF has recently approved two million USD funding to help the countries complete the next reporting cycle in 2021-2022. A new reporting platform planned for the project would ensure that a higher level of accurate assessment and analysis of land degradation trends at national and regional levels is achieved and that policy makers can make informed land management decisions.
...but trade, environmental protection and social justice don’t have to be mutually exclusive, says Chiara Vitali. The doubts about the climate crisis that Boris Johnson used to express in his newspaper columns are a thing of the past.
Report of the last CBFP Scientific College Meeting: The Partnership´s scientific community gathers around the German Facilitator Christian Ruck
The virtual meeting of the CBFP Scientific College was held online on June 26, 2021 from 2:00 to 3:00 pm. After the Co-Leader Richary Atyi welcomed all participants and introduced them to the agenda of the meeting, the floor was given to CBFP Facilitator Dr. Christian Ruck representing the German Facilitation to the partnership. The Facilitator gave a short overview of the activities the Facilitation has pursued since the last virtual meeting of the College. Please download the minutes of the meeting.
invitation to a UNDP online event on “ How to advance the climate agenda in fragile contexts ? Answers from the Central African region”
The event will put a spotlight on how to promote the climate and environment agendas in West and Central Africa region, home to the second largest tropical rainforest in the world, but facing major challenges such as poverty, inequality, food insecurity, weaknesses in governance, institutions and infrastructure.
ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES: Long-term (1990–2019) monitoring of forest cover changes in the humid tropics
Our study suggests that reinforcing actions are needed to prevent the initial degradation that leads to forest clearance in 45% of the cases... This approach can be applied to future Landsat data (from 2020) automatically and is intended to be adapted to Sentinel-2 data (available since 2015) for TMF monitoring with higher temporal frequency and finer spatial resolution.
The African Development Bank and the Association of African Development Finance Institutions are hosting a virtual workshop titled “Mainstreaming Climate Finance Actions in National Development Finance Institutions.”
US, Germany, UK target Africa for increased trade at African Private Equity and Venture Capital Association conference - AFDB
Investor and trade interest in Africa remains strong despite challenges around Covid-19, senior officials from the United States, Germany and the United Kingdom said at the recently concluded annual conference of the African Private Equity and Venture Capital Association.
Thank you for your interest in our webinar series, “Nature-Based Solutions for Climate Change: Reconciling the Good, the Bad and the Ugly.” Recordings of both webinars are now available...
Still Only One Earth: Lessons from 50 years of UN sustainable development policy. Over-exploitation of natural resources harms the health of ecosystems and the wellbeing of people. In the face of environmental crises and growing inequality, we need to act, including developing extended producer responsibility and supply chain legislation, guaranteeing green public procurement, supporting technical innovation to enhance resource circularity, and adopting decision-making processes that include and respect women, Indigenous Peoples, and local communities.
The Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes, the Africa Union Commission and the African Tax Administration Forum will launch the 2021 Tax Transparency in Africa (TTIA) report on 26 May 2021 at 9:00 GMT.
Former U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has spoken of the multiple disasters the world is currently facing, which have only been accentuated by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Ensuring corporate accountability for environmental impacts in the upcoming EU directive on sustainable corporate governance. As the European Union develops its future sustainable corporate governance directive, a number of civil society organisations published a briefing that outlines why and how environmental protection must be integrated into companies’ due diligence requirements alongside respect for human rights.
The International Energy Agency's Net Zero Plan threatened by the 'false climate solution' of bioenergy, say scientists and NGOs – Fern
The International Energy Agency (IEA) today published a new energy scenario. It models for the first time how the world can achieve carbon neutrality by 2050 and limit global warming to 1.5ºC. A group of environmental and social NGOs campaigning to stop the EU burning forests for energy says this is a step forward; but they also criticise the IEA for relying heavily on bioenergy to meet climate goals and for failing to halt the use of land for energy production. Bioenergy is a false climate solution that adds emissions to the atmosphere, exacerbates biodiversity loss and negatively impacts food security.
Here, we report responses of structurally intact old-growth lowland tropical forests inventoried within the African Tropical Rainforest Observatory Network (AfriTRON). We use 100 long-term inventory plots from six countries each measured at least twice prior to and once following the 2015–2016 El Niño event.
The CEO of the Global Center for Adaptation (GCA) contends that “climate disasters have doubled” during the last 20 years, CNBC reported Wednesday. Patrick Verkooijen, who runs the GCA, which describes itself as a “solutions broker to accelerate, innovate and scale adaptation action for a climate-resilient world,” told CNBC the coronavirus pandemic had been a “wake-up call” for the world.
China’s tourism industry commits to strengthening its efforts in tackling wildlife trafficking - Traffic
China, 23rd April 2021: Global leaders from China’s tourism industry have pledged their commitment to tackling the illegal trade of wildlife by signing the Tourism Industry’s Illegal Wildlife Trade Convention created by the World Tourism Federation (WTA) and China Wildlife Conservation Association (CWCA), at a dedicated event hosted by TRAFFIC’s China office.
Vietnamese consumers urged to lead an active lifestyle and only use proven medicines to curb demand for tiger products on Endangered Species’ Day
HANOI, 21 May 2021 – Today, TRAFFIC is urging consumers to adopt active lifestyles and only use proven medicines as alternatives to tiger bone glue, in a bid to reduce demand for tiger products in Vietnam.
Mount Nyiragongo in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) erupted on Saturday killing at least 22 people and sending thousands of others fleeing to neighboring Rwanda.
International Day for Biological Diversity... Message by UNCCD Executive Secretary Mr. Ibrahim Thiaw
The pandemic has reminded us how much we depend on each other. How much we depend on nature. How much our fate depends on our relationships with nature. How much we need a good political will, combined with collective action, and sustained investment. When these come together, we can make a difference.
There has been intense criticism of the European Union (EU) Renewable Energy Directive (RED) for leading to adverse impacts on forests in Europe and beyond. To tackle these concerns, the EU developed sustainability criteria that forest biomass must meet to be counted towards EU renewable energy targets (and therefore be eligible for subsidies).
Land is the foundation of our societies and is a cornerstone to global food security and environmental health, zero hunger, poverty eradication and affordable energy. It underpins the success of the entire 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Developmen, and yet this finite resource is under existential threat. On 14 June event will be broadcast live on UN WebTV and streamed to UNCCD Facebook page 14.00-17.00 and 19.00-22:00 GMT.
This journey for ELYX, the UN’s Digital Ambassador, begins on World Bee Day, 20 May 2021, with more stops ahead – the International Biodiversity Day on 22 May and World Environment Day on 5 June, and finally a celebration of Desertification and Drought Day on 17 June
On 18 May 2021, the Wilson Center organized a discussion focused on the role of the Green Climate Fund in scaling up finance for climate action. Ambassador Mark Green, the President of the Wilson Center, opened the discussion with a call to action : “the climate crisis is already here, and so is our opportunity to respond. The world will face huge costs in adapting to climate change, up to $500 billion per year by 2050.” He then raised the biggest unanswered question in climate finance : why does adaptation currently attract only 20% of all climate finance?
Payments for Ecosystem Services: ATIBT publishes three opportunity studies of these services for forestry companies
The studies aim to assess the possibilities for remuneration of environmental and social services provided by certified sustainable forest management companies in the Congo Basin, according to the Vertdeep platform (© Venturexpert) based on the sale of positive impact certificates.