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:

 

 

  • 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:

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

  • 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.

 

Please download for more information:

Final Communiqué of the Climate Working Group

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