Final Communiqué of the Extraordinary Session of the Council of Ministers of the Central African Forest Commission of 20 August 2020 by Videoconference.

At the invitation of Mr. Jules Doret NDONGO, Cameroon Minister of Forestry and Wildlife, current President of the Council of Ministers in charge of Forestry and/or Environment of COMIFAC member countries was held on 20 August 2020 by videoconference.

The final communiqué of the session can be downloaded here...

The Ministers in charge of Forestry and/or Environment of the following countries were present: Cameroon, Congo, Gabon, Equatorial Guinea, Democratic Republic of Congo, Sao Tome and Principe and Chad. Representatives of the following member countries also took part: Burundi, Central African Republic, Rwanda and Angola, the latter having participated as an observer. Representatives of the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS), COMIFAC, and the Federal Republic of Germany's Facilitation of the Congo Basin Forest Partnership (FRG/CBFP) were also in attendance.

 

The solemn opening ceremony, chaired by Mr Jules Doret NDONGO, with the presence of Mr HELE Pierre, Minister of Environment, Nature Protection and Sustainable Development of Cameroon, was marked by two speeches delivered by Dr Christian RUCK, the Federal Republic of Germany’s Facilitator of the Congo Basin Forest Partnership (CBFP), Mrs Chantal MFOULA, Deputy Secretary General of the ECCAS, followed by the Opening Speech by the current President of COMIFAC.

 

The Facilitator thanked COMIFAC for inviting him to take the floor during this important extraordinary session of the COMIFAC Council of Ministers. He outlined the main actions of the CBFP roadmap which is aligned with the COMIFAC Convergence Plan. These mainly concern support for the implementation of the Ndjamena Declaration, the strengthening of dialogue with China, the consolidation of governance within the CBFP, and the facilitation of the implementation of common positions of the Congo Basin Countries. He also urged the Congo Basin Countries to adopt common positions in the presentation of their efforts in sustainable forest management, which will help call the shots of the international community. He concluded by indicating that several partners stand ready alongside to support the CBFP’s initiatives towards the sustainable management and restoration of forest landscapes.

 

The press release of the session can be downloaded below:

FINAL COMMUNIQUE OF THE EXTRAORDINARY SESSION OF THE COMIFAC COUNCIL OF MINISTERS HELD BY VISIOCONFERENCE ON THURSDAY 20 AUGUST 2020.pdf (2.9 Mb)

 

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