Congo Basin Forest Partnership : Civil Society Declaration

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DECLARATION

  • Dear Ministers ;
  • Chair of the Economic Commission of Central African States;
  • Facilitator of the Congo Basin Forest Partnership;
  • Executive Secretaries of ECCAS Implementing Bodies;
  • The  Ambassador, Representing the European Union Delegation for Gabon and Sao Tome and Principe;
  • The  Country Representative of the African Union Commission;
  • Distinguished guests, dear participants and Civil Society Colleagues, all protocols observed.
  • Given civil society’s commitment to protecting the Congo Basin forests for the well-being of its populations and all humanity;

We, the members of the CBFP Civil Society College represented by CEFDHAC and its affiliated networks (REPAR, REFADD, REJEFAC, REPALEAC, ReRaC, SEEAC, RECEIAC, RECTRAD), and ROSCEVAC, are honoured to release this "Declaration" endorsing the conclusions of the Civil Society College held on 07 July 2022 at the Radisson Blu hotel in Libreville, Gabon, in preparation for the pre-COP 27 common position note, and recommend the following:

To the States

  • Accelerate Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) reform processes and increase civil society and other stakeholders’ involvement in their implementation;
  • Promote gender mainstreaming in all decision-making processes;
  • Recognize, respect, promote and strengthen the rights of women, indigenous peoples, youths, local communities, and other vulnerable groups in the sustainable management of Congo Basin forest ecosystems;
  • Involve the Civil Society College and other stakeholders in developing and implementing climate change mitigation and adaptation programs;
  • Involve the Civil Society College and other stakeholders in developing and implementing Mitigation, Adaptation and Reduction of Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+) programs;
  • Involve the Civil Society College in developing and implementing programs to align NDC mechanisms with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

 

To the CBFP

  • Renew its focus on its core objectives and its role in raising funding for local communities;
  • Conduct an audit of the Congo Basin Forest Partnership (CBFP) with Civil Society College participating as an observer to assess its work and impact over the last twenty years;
  • Review the direction taken by the European Union’s (EU) new “zero deforestation” policy;
  • Foster the sharing of experiences and best practices for natural climate solutions and other offsetting initiatives;
  • Support the participation of organizations from the Civil Society College in Conferences of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Conference on Biodiversity (CBD) and Conference on Desertification.

To the Civil Society College

  • Foster governance, transparency, participation and inclusion of all member organizations in all processes;
  • Raise funding for Civil Society Organizations (CSOs);
  • Consolidate its position as a source of proposals and citizen monitoring

Considering :

  • The demonstrated interest in new challenges facing the region to which ECCAS, COMIFAC and the CBFP are seeking solutions and which are once more up for discussion at the 27th annual UN climate conference in Egypt in November 2022, following the conference of ECCAS Heads of State and Government due to hold on 25 July 2022 in Kinshasa;
  • The latest IPCC report showing that we are unfortunately not doing enough to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions and that global warming is on the cusp of exceeding 3°C with irreversible consequences for humanity, thereby pressing the States Parties to present their second roadmap on their contributions towards the goal of reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
  • The 2020 United Nations report showing that Africa has heated up faster than the world average, land and oceans combined, ranking between the third and eighth warmest year ever recorded on the continent, hence the resurgence in natural disasters and erosion experienced in the Central African sub-region.
  • Other catastrophes such as worsening food insecurity, poverty and displacements of people, the issue of human-wildlife conflicts, coastal erosion, landslides, chaotic urbanization, etc.

In the face of these pressing issues, the next COP27 is expected to come up with decisions to bolster the countries’ ambition to work to present their low-carbon development strategies by 2050, as well as their plans to reduce greenhouse gases by 45%.

 

This is the perfect time to pay a well-deserved tribute to the Heads of State of the Economic Community of Central African States for speeding up the ECCAS reforms spearheaded by His Excellency Ali BONGO ONDIMBA, President of the Republic of Gabon and implemented by the Current Chair of ECCAS, His Excellency Denis SASSOU NGUESSO, President of the Republic of Congo, and Current Chair of  the ECCAS Commission, His Excellency, Antoine Félix TSHISEKEDI TSHILOMBO , President of the Democratic Republic of Congo and currently run by His Excellency Ambassador Gilberto Da Piedade VERISSIMO.

 

To this end, we convey to the Chair of the Economic Commission of Central African States, the heartfelt gratitude of the CBFP Civil Society College organizations for decisions n°10 and n°12/CEEAC/CCEG/XIX/ 21 of July 30, 2021, establishing CEFDHAC and ROSCEVAC as Implementing Bodies.

Done in Libreville, 07 July 2022

The participants

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