CBFP - RDP 19- Final Press Release - Ministerial Session - Tri-national Supervision and Arbitration Committee (CTSA) on the Fight against Poaching (AT-LAB): Cameroon, CAR, Chad
The N'Djamena Tri-national Supervision and Arbitration Committee (CTSA) on the Cooperation Agreement between Cameroon, the Central African Republic and Chad on the fight against poaching (AT-LAB) held its third meeting. The meeting was convened by Mr. MAHAMAT AHMAT LAZINA, Chadian Minister of the Environment, Fisheries and Sustainable Development and Chairman of the CTSA. Please download the documents below:
In the year two thousand and twenty-two, on the seventh day of July, the city of Libreville, Republic of Gabon, hosted the third session of the N’Djamena Tri-national Supervision and Arbitration Committee (CTSA), relating to the Cooperation Agreement between Cameroon, the Central African Republic and Chad on the fight against poaching (AT-LAB). The session was held on the sidelines of the 19th Meeting of Parties to the Congo Basin Forest Partnership (CBFP), and was convened by Mr. MAHAMAT AHMAT LAZINA, Minister of the Environment, Fisheries and Sustainable Development of Chad and Chairman of the CTSA.
Participants included representatives of the Ministers of Wildlife and Protected Areas and experts from Cameroon, CAR and Chad, as well as representatives of Technical and Financial Partners involved in managing the BSB Yamoussa Complex (GIZ, WCS) and the protected area complex of northern CAR.
The opening ceremony featured a single speech.
In his opening speech, Mr. IBRAHIM ABDRAMAN AHMAT, Deputy Secretary General of the Ministry of Environment, Fisheries and Sustainable Development representing the Minister of Environment, Fisheries and Sustainable Development welcomed the delegations from Cameroon, CAR and Chad.
He went on to recall the meeting objectives and called on all the participants to carefully review the items on the agenda. He urged the States Parties to join efforts to form a common front to wipe out the scourge of poaching which is threatening the survival of our wildlife and humans including conservation staff and our poorly equipped park rangers. Finally, he conveyed his gratitude to the Gabonese President, his Government and his people for their warm welcome and hospitality.
Conduct of the proceedings
The meeting unfolded in two parts: presentations followed by discussions.
The presentations covered:
A reading of the summary report of the Experts’ meeting;
the 2022-2023 roadmap;
The ensuing discussions revolved around:
the establishment and operationalization of the tri-national brigade which will be tasked with coordinating AML activities in the tripartite space and running intelligence operations;
the establishment of the Agreement Secretariat the CTSA had tasked OCFSA with setting up in Kinshasa in December 2020;
funding for the operationalization of the AML Tripartite Agreement.
At the close of the meeting, the CTSA took note of the recommendations and made the following resolutions:
allow OCFSA more time to set up the Agreement Secretariat before the next session;
instructed the CTPE to prepare all the necessary documentation to be presented to the German cooperation to request sustainable financing of the tripartite agreement;
Recommended contacting KFW and COMIFAC to request that the incumbent chairman of the CTSA be requested to lobby for the establishment of a trust fund during the next intergovernmental negotiation;
requested that the other partners, including the European Union, be more involved in financing the operations of AT-LAB bodies;
instructed the CTPE to present a quantified assessment of the roadmap at the next CTSA session;
took note of the change of course of the GIZ project, and urged the other partners in the LAB of the tripartite space to provide substantial support for the implementation of the AT-LAB;
took note of the transfer of the rotating presidency from the Republic of Chad to the Central African Republic as provided in the agreement.
In conclusion, the Ministers commended the experts for the highly relevant items they had brought to their attention and deemed that the meeting objectives had been achieved. They heartily thanked the German cooperation for its support over the last few years and expressed the wish that it would renew its commitment by supporting the implementation of the AT-LAB in N'Djamena.
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