The CBFP Facilitator of the Federal Republic of Germany, Honorable Dr. Christian Ruck co-hosts a press conference with the President of COMIFAC on the Congo Basin’s involvement to the COP26 Climate in Glasgow
A press conference was held on Friday 17 December 2021, at 10 a.m. at the Djeuga Palace Hotel to discuss the involvement of COMIFAC countries and partners in COP 26 in Glasgow, UK.
This press conference was co-hosted by the CBFP Facilitator of the Federal Republic of Germany, His Excellency Dr. Christian Ruck, and the current Chairman of the COMIFAC Council of Ministers, His Excellency Mr. Jules Doret NDONGO, Minister of Forests and Wildlife of Cameroon.
In his speech, Dr. Christian Ruck recalled that the resounding success at the international level of COMIFAC's involvement with the support of the German CBFP Facilitation at COP 26 is historically unique and worthy of celebration today in many ways:
Firstly, because Tropical Forests were at the centre and on the table of the climate finance negotiations at COP 26 in Glasgow and their roles for the climate were appreciated.
Secondly, because the Congo Basin Voice was heard. The desired covenant on the "Fair Deal" has become a reality and a step towards remuneration has been effectively taken through the commitment of donors. This "Fair Deal" means on the one hand good forest governance and on the other hand fair payment for ecosystem services of the Congo Basin forests in the Global Climate Budget.
And finally, because for the first time in the history of Conferences of the Parties, Central African countries have received a financial commitment from donors in the framework of the "Fair Deal" to accelerate the implementation of the COMIFAC Declaration adopted under the leadership of Minister Jules Doret NDONGO, COMIFAC's current President.
The US$1.5 billion (2021-2025) is just the result of all this and materialises the commitment of the 11 countries including Germany and the Bezos Foundation to protect Central African forests of the Congo Basin.
The resounding success at the international level of COMIFAC's involvement with the support of the German CBFP Facilitation at COP 26 was historicallyalso due to the major events held in the COMIFAC Congo Basin Initiatives Pavilion namely:
Holding of five high-level political dialogue events mobilising some fifteen ministers from COMIFAC countries and ministers from donor countries and senior international officials from multilateral financial mechanisms in the COMIFAC Congo Basin Initiatives Pavilion.
Holding of some sixty parallel events. These sixty parallel events brought into the pavilion a thousand participants.
Two very high-level political events with the visit of the DRC’s President Felix Antoine Tshisekedi, President of the African Union and the visit of H.E. Denis Sassou-Nguesso, President of the Republic of Congo.
In addition to the $1.5 billion for the Congo Basin, there were other funding opportunities that would fit into the next round of “Fair Deal” advocacy to support an equitable distribution, a good portion of which would be effective for the Congo Basin. These include the additional international funding announced at COP 26, especially the US$1.7 billion for the sustainable improvement of the living conditions of indigenous peoples and local communities; US$413 million in climate finance for the Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF) and US$356 million in new pledges for the Adaptation Fund.
Based on all these achievements, the German CBFP Facilitation intends, in synergy with COMIFAC and the countries of Central Africa, to continue the implementation of the “Fair Deal”, in particular by:
Working now not only to obtain more clarification on the financial commitments of each donor partner in the Glasgow Commitment, but also discussions on the modalities and mechanisms of its financing.
Strengthening the coordination of partner funding in order to achieve a better division of labour between partners, and thus avoid duplication of employment and duplication of effort by partners in the interventions.
Working during 2022 to advocate for the "Fair Deal", fair financing, payment for ecosystem services for the Congo Basin forests, during international conferences in 2022, including the EU-AU Summit (February 2021, Brussels), the first African Protected Areas Congress in March 2022; at COP 15 in May 2022 on Biodiversity in Kunming (China), the World Forestry Congress in May 2022.
The 19th Meeting of the Parties of the Congo Basin Forest Partnership (CBFP) is planned to take place at the end of June 2022. During this Meeting of the CBFP Parties, the implementation of the COMIFAC Declaration and the joint Glasgow Declaration of the Congo Basin donors will be accelerated. The aim is to make progress on the "Fair Deal" for transformational change towards a sustainable future for the Congo Basin forests and Peripheries, their people, flora and fauna. To this end, the 19th Meeting of the CBFP Parties will ensure that decisions resulting from the 2021/2022 international events are decoded, appropriated and internalised.
"Our work and our common efforts consist in advocating and mobilizing for a payment, a fair financing for the ecosystem services of the green lung of the planet and to ensure on the other hand the protection and the sustainable management of forests in the framework of the "Fair Deal"." The CBFP Facilitator of the Federal Republic of Germany, Honorable Dr. Christian Ruck.
"This unprecedented pledge of funding represents a huge hope for Africa's forests. I would therefore like to express my sincere thanks to our partners who are committed to working with us. I also encourage our governments and local organisations to continue their efforts to move towards green development, protect biodiversity, local people and especially women and children. We, African countries, must lead by example and we need more than ever the commitment of our partners to realise our ambitions. For this issue goes far beyond Central Africa borders. The current President of COMIFAC, Mr. Jules Doret NDONGO.
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