In a world emerging from the COVID-19 pandemic, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Conservation Congress successfully highlighted the dual existential crises the planet faces: climate change and biodiversity collapse.
When will there be billions for the Congo Basin in its major and crucial role in global climate regulation and its ecological services?
In the race to mobilize resources, the result of the "One Planet Summit" for Africa, with a large-scale mobilization for the Great Green Wall, is to be welcomed.
January 11, 2020 - good news for the Great Green Wall - € 11.8 billion commitment
One of the major results of the "one planet summit" is the revival of the gigantic planted forest "Great Green Wall" which should limit the advance of the desert, create millions of jobs and strengthen the resilience of Sahelian communities.
13-Mar-2019-Great harvest for the Sahel Climate Commission in the framework of the donors' roundtable. Commitment US$3.41 billion
Sahel Climate Commission Donor Roundtable - The One Planet Summit pledge complements US$3.41 billion in commitments for Sahel financing related to funding the Climate Investment Plan for the Region (CIP-RS 2018-2030), and the Priority Program to Catalyze Climate Investment in the Sahel (PPCI 2020-2025). This is the strategic program of the Sahel Climate Commission. One of the three climate commissions of the African Union. The African Development Bank co-chaired this roundtable of donors on the financing of the Climate Investment Plan for the region. The Sahel Commission covers the geographical area from the Atlantic Ocean to the Horn of Africa. The other two climate commissions in charge of managing climate issues in the regions are i) the Congo Basin region, chaired by the Republic of Congo and ii) the Island States, whose commission is chaired by the Seychelles. The creation of these three commissions was endorsed by the 28th General Assembly of the African Union held on January 30 and 31, 2017. This Program is "the translation of the commitments of our States through the Paris Agreement on global warming", and its overall objective is to contribute to the global effort to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions and increase the adaptation and resilience capacities of the Sahel Region to climate change.
Biodiversity: The "One Planet Summit" re-launches the "Great Green Wall" mega-project in Africa
In order to see concrete progress in the Great Green Wall project, commitments have been made by the partners in favor of biodiversity. Thus, 11.8 billion euros have been promised by 2025 for the 11 countries concerned, namely Burkina Faso, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sudan and Chad. The Great Green Wall: A gigantic forest planted between Dakar and Djibouti that should limit the advance of the desert and create millions of jobs. Africa played a particularly central role in the discussions, notably thanks to the "unprecedented acceleration", in the words of President Emmanuel Macron, of the "Great Green Wall" project.
13-Mar-2019- The African Development Bank supports the Sahel region in mobilizing resources for climate change resilience.
In the aftermath of the first conference of the Heads of State and Government of the member countries of the Climate Commission for the Sahel Region, held on February 25, 2019 in Niamey, Niger, the African Development Bank co-chaired a donor roundtable on the financing of the Climate Investment Plan for the Region (PIC-RS 2018-2030), and the Priority Program to Catalyze Climate Investments in the Sahel (PPCI 2020-2025) :
The financial contributions recorded are broken down in the order of the announcements as follows:
- World Bank: US$1.5 billion;
- European Union: 750 million euros;
- France: 250 million euros;
- AfDB: US$1.3 billion, including US$500 million for the PPCI
- IFAD: US$200 million;
- Swiss Cooperation: US$75 million.
Given the risks posed by current climate shocks - and the even greater challenges posed by future climate change - the gap between actual needs and the flow of resources required to build the continent's resilience to an increasingly hostile climate is alarming. Current levels of funding for adaptation in Africa are estimated at about US$3 billion per year. According to figures from the World Bank and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the expenditure needed to adapt Africa to a 2°C warming is estimated to be around US$5-10 billion now, up to US$20-50 billion by mid-century, and close to US$100 billion if temperatures rise by 4°C.
This Business Plan for Climate in Africa is the World Bank's contribution to closing this financing gap by deploying technical expertise, mobilizing financing from a variety of sources, and facilitating stakeholder engagement for climate action. The Plan emphasizes adaptation, which is consistent with the relative priorities expressed by Africa in its Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs).
The Congo Basin, the « poor cousin » “Parent pauvre” of desertification/land degradation funding
Please find a review in terms of financing on Adaptation (Climate) starting from the climate summit in December 2020 and the one planet summit. The major theme in terms of financing has been land degradation, desertification and drought. The Congo Basin is currently a "poor cousin" Parent pauvre in terms of funding (Confirming the now well-established tradition), just as the Congo Basin itself is not benefiting from the pledgings of the last two months in terms of funding. For your information on the $738 million of the Adaptation Fund (since it inception in the framework of Kyoto protocol), the Congo Basin has benefited about only ca. 6%. From a discussion I had during COP 21 in Paris with the Director of the Adaptation Fund, he pointed out the difficulty of the French language to work with the region. Rwanda is therefore the country that currently has a country project of about US$34 million.
World Climate Summit - 5th Anniversary of the Paris Agreement and Climate Ambition Summit 2020
Adaptation Fund Raises Nearly US$ 116 Million in New Pledges for Adaptation Action in Most Vulnerable Countries:
Germany has donated 50 Million Euro and is the largest donor to the Adaptation Fund. Announcement made by the BMU Secretary of State in December at the Climate Summit. “In announcing Germany’s new EUR 50 million pledge to the Fund, Mr. Jochen Flasbarth, State Secretary for Germany’s Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety, said developing countries have been hit incomparably harder by COVID-19 amid increased climate change vulnerabilities and already weakened health systems. As the Fund’s largest contributor, he said Germany is grateful for the Fund’s tremendous support, vision and inspiration. “Already before the COVID-19 crisis, the Adaptation Fund was well-placed to fighting the roots of zoonotic diseases such as COVID-19 through making communities more resilient to external shocks by project interventions that reduce water and food dependencies and increase disaster risk preparedness,” he said.
Coinciding with the 5th Anniversary of the Paris Agreement and Climate Ambition Summit 2020, pledges and contributions to the Fund included those from Germany (EUR 50 million), Italy (EUR 30 million) and Sweden (US$ 15.2 million, a quarter of its four-year pledge made last year), as well as Belgium’s Walloon Regional Government (EUR 3.8 million) and Brussels-Capital Regional Government (EUR 185,000) — totaling an equivalent of nearly US$ 116 million.
One planet summit – 11 january
Great Green Wall receives over $14 billion to regreen the Sahel – AdDB, GCF, France, World Bank listed among donors – UNCCD
AfDB: African Development Bank President Adesina named a champion of Africa’s Great Green Wall climate-adaptation initiative. During the forum, Adesina announced that the Bank would mobilize up to $6.5 billion over the next 5 years for the Great Green Wall Initiative, joining multilateral development institutions, governments and development partners that have pledged over $14 billion. The World Bank, for instance, pledged over $5 billion in funding to advance land restoration and degradation issues and to address challenges around Lake Chad.
The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) summit ended in Marseille on Friday, September 10, 7 days after its inauguration. A number of ATIBT members participated, sometimes with a stand. It was above all a return to direct meetings between many people who had only seen each other through screens for many months!
Dubai WoodShow has been the leading trade show for the wood and woodworking machinery sectors since 2005. The show has established its position in the Middle East region as the most dynamic platform for the wood and woodworking professionals.
Deforestation continues at a worrying pace worldwide, except in temperate and boreal countries. It is caused by the race for land, underpinned by population growth and rising global demand for “deforestation-prone” products. Moreover, with climate change, mega-fires are now posing unprecedented threats to forests.
The Marseille Manifesto aims to capture a limited number of key messages that are globally and currently relevant and which relate to the Congress proceedings, including any notable and important commitments and announcements that emerged from Congress events. The focus is on the post-Covid recovery, the biodiversity crisis and climate emergency.
Following four busy and inspirational days of work, the Forum concluded its deliberations. During another bustling day, participants attended thematic sessions and high-level dialogues during the morning. In the afternoon, seven thematic plenaries outlined the main take-home messages from the Forum’s discussions, followed by the official Forum closing plenary.
While 2019 saw a general rise in all types of financial assets, 2020 turned out to be a tumultuous year. The coronavirus pandemic triggered sharp falls in February- March, followed by a sharp rebound from the end of March to the end of August, thanks to unprecedented monetary and fiscal support from the world’s major central banks and governments. The second wave of Covid-19 permitted further corrections in September and October, before a year-end upturn linked to excellent news on the vaccine front.
We hereby invite you to join the ceremony online. Due to the current German restrictions related to Covid-19, participation is made possible virtually. Please use the following link to follow the ceremony online on September 7th, at 10:00 a.m. CEST....
World Conservation Congress, Marseille, France: Congo Basin mobilizes around its Stand - Congo Basin initiatives
Let's commit together to "save the world's last lung and net positive tropical carbon balance" ... Download your invitation...
Mobilization of the media to cover the participation of the Congo Basin in the World Conservation Congress
High-Level Event on International Engagement for the Protection of the Congo Basin Ecosystems and their vicinity. Theme: · Biodiversity and climate finance for the Congo basin rainforest and their vicinity, as a cost-effective nature-based solution. Date: September 05, 2021. September 5, 2021... Please download the press invitations...
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Third Wildlife Forum to explore best ways to support the post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework implementation – registrations open. -Traffic
The Collaborative Partnership on Sustainable Wildlife Management (CPW) is hosting its Third Wildlife Forum with the aim of exploring how to support the implementation of the post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework ahead of the Fifteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (CoP15) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) to be held in Kunming, China.
Written by a group of experts specializing in conservation in Central Africa, with the financial support of the Organization of African, Caribbean and Pacific States (OEACP) and the European Union (EU), through the BIOPAMA and RIOFAC projects, as well as GIZ, “Protected Areas of Central Africa: Status 2020” follows a first edition published in 2015, which has now become the flagship publication on protected areas in the region.
French Pavilion - "Alliance for the Conservation of Rainforests ": Invitation to a high-level event on 8 September 2021 - IUCN World Congress
The French Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs is pleased to invite you, in person or virtually, to the event organized on Wednesday 8 September at 6.30 p.m. at the French Pavilion on the occasion of the IUCN World Congress in Marseille: "Alliance for the conservation of rainforests".
Invitation - Creation of a Business Forum for Sustainable Value Chains in Africa at the IUCN World Congress
The French Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs, The Gabonese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, The National Group for Rainforests, the French Advisers for Foreign Trade and Africa Business Forum, Institut Choiseul, all supporting the Alliance for the Conservation of Rainforests, request the pleasure of your participation, during the IUCN World Congress in Marseille, to the event they jointly organize on Monday, September 6 at 5pm on the French pavilion, in person and virtually : "Creation of a Business Forum for implementation of sustainable value chains in Africa".
The Tropical Forest Symposium is therefore aimed at policy makers (in Germany and abroad), the German and international (expert) public as well as at tropical forest countries and donor nations. Please find the invitation to the Tropical Forest Symposium, which you can follow online on September 8th, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m CEST.
Indigenous territories in the Bolivian, Brazilian and Colombian Amazon avoid between 42.8 million and 59.7 million metric tons of CO2 emissions per year. To commemorate the International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples, David Kaimowitz explains why it’s time to join forces with indigenous peoples for the good of the planet.
On 17 February this year, Aruká Juma, the last elder of the Juma people in Brazil’s Amazonian rainforest, died of COVID-19. According to NGO Instituto Socioambiental, he is one of more than a thousand indigenous people to have died from the virus in Brazil, where COVID-19 has affected more than 150 native groups.
Ensuring sustainable consumption and production patterns has been one of the greatest global challenges over the past fifty years. With the adoption of Sustainable Development Goal 12, “Ensure sustainable consumption and production,” and rising interest in the circular economy model, there is an opportunity to set systems-wide goals for all societies, recognizing that key drivers and solutions lie in our economic, financial and governance decision-making.
Ninth Meeting of the CBFP Governing Council in Douala: major strides in the implementation of the CBFP and partners' roadmap and new challenges ahead
The 9th Meeting of the CBFP Governing Council was held on Friday 16 July 2021 in Douala Cameroon by video conference at the Hotel La Falaise. This meeting was part of the CBFP's cooperation framework, which provides for the CBFP Council to meet twice a year, and followed Experts Meeting to follow up on the N'Djamena Conference on the development of country investment plans focusing on zoonoses, transhumance, the fight against cross-border poaching, security and sustainable development between the Sahel and the Congo Basin, which was held from 12 to 15 July 2021 at the same venue.
The matter of the Democratic Republic of the Congo taking over the rotating chairmanship of the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) in 2022 was discussed by President Félix-Antoine Tshisekedi Tshilombo and Mr. Gilberto Da Piedade Verrissimo, Chairman of the sub-regional economic organization’s commission on Monday, 2 August 2021 at the City of the African Union.
Videoconference, 30 July 2021 – Convened by His Excellency Denis SASSOU-NGUESSO, President of the Republic of the Congo, Head of State, Current Chair of the Conference of Heads of State and Government of the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS), the XIXth Ordinary Session of the Conference of Heads of State and Government of ECCAS took place.
We are pleased to inform you that INTERHOLCO's headquarters are moving to a new office in Baar. Effective Monday, 23 August 2021, our new business address will be as follows: Neuhofstrasse 25, 6340 Baar, Switzerland. Business hours and telephone numbers will stay the same. Please update your contact book.
State of Central Africa's Protected Areas 2020: A New report a new report proposes avenues to improve their effectiveness – OFAC
Central Africa currently has more than 200 protected areas covering a total of 800 000 km², or twice the size of Cameroon. Across the 10 countries of the region, the number and size of protected areas have doubled in the last 20 years.
Congo Basin Forest Partnership looks to help the Congo and Congo Basin Climate Commission prepare for COP 26 in Glasgow
The Minister of Environment, Sustainable Development and the Congo Basin Arlette SOUDAN-NONAULT, granted an audience to Dr Christian RUCK, Facilitator of the Congo Basin Forest Partnership (CBFP) on Tuesday, July 13, 2021.
The Working Group I contribution to the Sixth Assessment Report is the most up-to-date physical understanding of the climate system and climate change, bringing together the latest advances in climate science, and combining multiple lines of evidence from paleoclimate, observations, process understanding, and global and regional climate simulations.
Please download the July newsletter of the Dzanga Sangha Protected Areas. This month, some good news. On the one hand, no cases of COVID 19 have been detected in the region and the possibility of reopening the Park to tourism is being considered.
Slated to hold from 3 to 5 August 2021 in Brazzaville (Congo), the workshop will gather agriculture and forestry experts from the 11 ECCAS member countries, representatives of the African Union, COMIFAC, NEPAD, civil society organizations, and development partners (UNESCO, FAO, UNDP, BDEAC, CIFOR), among others.
Berlin, August 05, 2021, Sweden has officially joined the Congo Basin Forest Partnership (CBFP). In this connection, Sweden believes its activities in Africa fall in line with the principles outlined in the cooperation framework of CBFP members and COMIFAC’s convergence plan with which it has familiarised itself, aimed at promoting sustainable management of ecosystems and conservation of biodiversity in Central Africa.
Germany - COMIFAC Cooperation: German Ambassador to Congo, alongside parliamentarians, women and youth, for a sustainable management of Central African forest ecosystems
Brazzaville, the capital of the Republic of Congo, hosted a series of three workshops from 14 to 25 June 2021 at the Hotel PEFACO Maya Maya. The first workshop focused on the planning and consultation of the Network of Young Leaders for the Sustainable Management of Central African Forest Ecosystems (REJEFAC), the second on the Network of Parliamentarians for the Sustainable Management of Central African Forest Ecosystems (REPAR) and the third on the African Women's Network for Sustainable Development (REFADD).
Countries and sub-regional institutions concerned with N’Djamena Declaration jump start its implementation in Douala, Cameroon - Towards continuous collaboration between the Sahel and the Congo Basin
The Honourable Dr. Christian Ruck, Federal Republic of Germany CBFP Facilitator gives a new impetus to the implementation of the N'Djaména Declaration - Douala (Cameroon) - 12 to 15 July 2002, an Expert follow-up meeting to the N’Djamena Conference was held to develop country investment plans geared towards transboundary transhumance, zoonoses, the fight against transboundary poaching, security and sustainable development between the Sahel and the Congo Basin. The Country Expert Meeting was held with the financial support of the Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and the technical support of the Federal Republic of Germany CBFP Facilitation and the German Technical Cooperation (GIZ), GIZ BSB Yamoussa Project. The Press Release, the proposed political / institutional support, the roadmap for country investment plans and N’Djamena 2 and the task force specifications are available for download on the CBFP website...
On 19 July 2021, during its 44th session, the World Heritage Committee decided to remove Salonga National Park (Democratic Republic of the Congo) from the List of World Heritage Sites in Danger due to improvements in its state of conservation.
The human-wildlife conflict report: “A future for all: the need for human-wildlife coexistence” was published on July 8, detailing the complex nature of human-wildlife conflict, its impacts and how to address them so that people and animals can coexist peacefully. This pack raises awareness of the report, its significance and encourages people to raise greater awareness on the issue.
Results of the work of the geographical block WEST. Please download the Document here below:
Results of the work of the geographical block WEST. Please download the Document here below: