FAO to undertake state of the art assessment of drivers of deforestation and degradation in Central Africa – FAO
New project will support CAFI and its six partner countries to inform priorities and develop investment frameworks to boost the sustainable use of Central African forests.
25/06/2020 The Executive Board of the Central African Forest Initiative (CAFI) approved a USD 1.2 million project aimed at assessing the recent drivers of deforestation and forest degradation in 6 countries of Central Africa.
Deforestation and forest degradation are complex transboundary processes with many direct as well as underlying causes. A good understanding of why and where forest disturbances occur is instrumental for the development of targeted policies and actions aiming to reduce the loss of forests and the associated carbon emissions.
However, the lack of updated data reflecting the recent trends on tree cover loss and gaps in technical capacities for managing and processing satellite images, make reaching a consensus on the main direct drivers and agents of deforestation and forest degradation in Central Africa challenging.
Cameroon, Central African Republic, Republic of Congo, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Equatorial Guinea and Gabon will be supported in the use of cutting-edge cloud-computing and open-source tools to map disturbances and quantify direct drivers of deforestation and forest degradation in the region.
The project will be implemented by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in close collaboration with national and regional forestry institutions as well as technical partners, such as the Congo Basin Forest Partnership Scientific and Academic College, the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission, l’Observatoire des forêts d’Afrique centrale of COMIFAC, the Rainforest Foundation United Kingdom, Réseau de Recherche sur les Forêts d’Afrique Centrale, the Wildlife Conservation Society and the World Resources Institute.
"The project will build on a collaborative approach, in which national experts, global research institutes and civil society will work together and join resources and data to provide technical evidence and reach a common view on the direct drivers of forest disturbances," says Astrid Agostini, REDD+/National Forest Monitoring Cluster Coordinator.
Academia and civil society will be actively involved at all stages of the assessment design and will play a significant role in conducting the spatial and historical analysis of direct drivers, utilising data on land cover and land use activities such as commercial logging, mining, agribusiness, infrastructures but also protected areas or community forestry.
The project will focus on capacity building to produce a robust and transparent methodology for monitoring deforestation and degradation and provide a common basis to support land use planning.
A transboundary approach to conserving Central African forests
Central Africa is home to the second largest tropical rainforest in the world and, although its forests are physically located within the territories of several sovereign states, their environmental role extends far beyond these borders. Covering 240 million ha of land, Central African forests play a crucial role in combatting climate change at a global level, as they represent a carbon sink equal to 6 years of global greenhouse gas emissions.
However, Central African forests are under increasing pressure from various drivers of deforestation. Among them are agricultural expansion, mineral extraction, infrastructure development, commercial logging as well as charcoal and biofuel production. A better understanding of these drivers at the regional level can help countries consolidate their efforts towards reducing and reversing forest loss.
The CAFI initiative is a joint collaboration between UNDP, FAO, the World Bank, six Central African countries and a coalition of donors, including Norway, France, Germany, Korea and the United Kingdom that aims to support governments in the region as they implement reforms and enhance investments to address such challenges as poverty, food insecurity and climate change. The project will support the initiative to use a data-driven approach to informing CAFI priorities and developing investment frameworks to support the sustainable use and conservation of their forest resources.
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The report draws on a thorough review of the available literature. It is complemented by 21 semi-structured anonymous interviews with key REDD+ experts. The authors conducted the interviews between November 2020 and February 2021. Interview partners include represent-atives of Congo Basin countries, donor states, academia, NGOs and independent technical experts. Instead of going to lengths in elucidating the entire range of options for reducing deforestation and forest degradation, the study report lists concrete courses of action which might be pursued in the future.
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