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COMIFAC at CoP26: High-level Session on Central African countries contributions and multilateral financial mechanisms to protect Congo Basin
COMIFAC Pavilion, Glasgow, UK, 05 November 2021
The Panel during the High-Level Political Dialogue in the COMIFAC Pavilion
Chaired by H.E. Jules Doret NDONGO, Minister of Forests and Wildlife of Cameroon and current President of COMIFAC, a high-level session on the commitment of Central African countries and the Multilateral Financial Mechanisms for the protection of Congo Basin was held today, 05/11/2021 in the COMIFAC Pavilion at the COP26 Conference Centre in Glasgow, UK.
This session, co-organised by COMIFAC, German Facilitation of Congo Basin Forest Partnership (CBFP) and Central African Forest Initiative (CAFI), brought together in a high-level political dialogue, HE Jules Doret NDONGO, Minister of Forests and Wildlife of Cameroon, current President of COMIFAC, Honorable Dr. Christian Ruck, CBFP Facilitator of the Republic of Germany, Dr. Christ DIKINSON, Senior Specialist Ecosystem Management Division, GEF, and Mr. Paul MARTINEZ, Senior Climate Specialist, GCF and Mrs. Berta PESTI, Director General of CAFI Secretariat, who intervened online. This important session was moderated by Dr. Dany POKEM, CBFP Facilitation.
About thirty participants in person and many others online took part in the session. The dialogue started with introductory remarks by Dr. Christian RUCK, CBFP Facilitator for Federal Republic of Germany, who presented the history of the highly participatory and inclusive process that led to the SINGLE Declaration of Central African countries at the Berlin Symposium, which called on the international community to "FAIR DEAL" for the protection of Congo Basin, given its crucial importance in helping the world to face the dual crisis of climate and biodiversity. According to him: "All stakeholders have actively participated in the process for 18 months, Governments of Central African countries, civil society organisations, parliamentarians and local elected representatives, donor countries, international organisations and institutions, technical and financial partners, research institutions, private sector, etc. "This Declaration, commitment of the COMIFAC member countries, led to the result we have today: the Glasgow Declaration, and the commitment of donors coalition to finance the protection of forests and peatlands of Congo Basin of 1.5 billion US dollars... "FAIR DEAL” is not just a donation, Central Africa countries have something very valuable to sell, not just climate service, but also biodiversity service.” ... “We are moving in the right direction, as leaders of Coalition, Great Britain and Germany, have said, but it is a beginning, because we need sustainable funding for Congo Basin, 10 times more than what is promised now and an investment plan," he continued. Finally, he called once again on Central African countries to coordinate their efforts and actions.
According to Dr. Christ DIKINSON, Senior Specialist Ecosystem Management Division, GEF, and Paul MARTINEZ, Senior Climate Specialist, GCF, following the Glasgow Declaration on Congo Basin Finance, they presented, each for their own organisation, the current situation of financial commitments through projects in the sub-region and the perspectives.
Dr. Christ DIKINSON, stated that GEF is in cycle 7 of its financing, in which Congo Basin has 64 million US dollars, as a contribution to sustainable management of forests for the benefit of 6 countries among which: Cameroon, Congo, Gabon, Equatorial Guinea, CAR, DRC. Within this framework, five of the seven projects submitted by these countries have been accepted and are about to start.
In terms of prospects, eleven major programmes are in progress in the new cycle starting in 2022, with the largest one focusing on protection of primary forests in the Amazon, Congo Basin and South-East Asian Basin. The central component of this funding is dedicated to Congo Basin. This major programme will extend assistance to protected area management, livelihoods and alternative development for indigenous and local people in protected areas periphery, REDD+, payment for ecosystem services and Nature+ policies.
"We have a GEF 7 and GEF 8 coordination platform within GEF, and we wanted a political cohesion and a strengthened partnership with Central African countries.
"In early 2022, we will know which amount is allocated to a country and the purpose. It is necessary for countries to have a common voice and a coherent and harmonised investment plan to be effective, through multi-country, multi-sectoral and inclusive projects.
Referring to the natural wonder represented by forests of Congo Basin, Dr Christ DIKINSON, highlighted the role of Congo Basin in global rainfall and water resources (30% of global rainfall comes from Congo Basin... Congo Basin is not just vast expanses of forest, but also water. To this end, we need to intervene in Congo Basin to support the fight against climate change, deforestation and forest degradation.
In terms of perspectives, he proposed a step-by-step approach and to develop strong leadership, with projects to prepare countries readiness, as has been the case in other basins, to develop models that allow the development of sustainable agriculture, to fight against fires... "There is an urgent need to have a strategic framework and multi-country projects, a necessary coalition and a single goal", he insisted.
In her speech online, Mrs. Berta PESTI, Director General of CAFI Secretariat, gave an update on CAFI status commitments in Central Africa, with an envelope of 800 million US dollars. These commitments have been materialised through the signing of agreements with partner countries. British Prime Minister Boris JOHNSON signed, here at CoP26, a financing agreement of 500 million US dollars with President Felix TSISEKEDI of Democratic Republic of Congo, and two years ago the French President, Emmanuel MACRON, signed a financing agreement with President Denis SASSOU NGUESSO of Republic of Congo. These projects concern sustainable agriculture, wood and sustainable forest management, forestry, etc. "According to CAFI, it is a matter of sensitising donors and Central African countries, so that projects are developed and meet political needs of countries and their populations", ... “Agreements are there, but they must be implemented," she said. CAFI does not yet have a financing agreement with some countries such as Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea and Central African Republic, and we hope that by CoP27, we shall be able to sign agreements for these countries”.
After a question-and-answer session following these opening statements, HE Jules Doret NDONGO, Minister of Forests and Wildlife of Cameroon and current President of COMIFAC, concluded the session by giving the following key points (i) The entire international community is today unanimous with the fact that Congo Basin forests are the most important in the world, first net carbon sink and last bastion of human survival; (ii) Donors have clearly expressed their willingness to mobilise financial resources for the protection of this important basin; (iii) Although financing mechanisms exist, they are still difficult for our countries in Central Africa; (iv) It is therefore a matter of searching together, with technical and financial partners, mechanisms that best respond to realities of our countries; (v) COMIFAC has modern and diversified means of communication that can be used to communicate widely on different mechanisms that exist, which are very often ignored or poorly exposed.
Meeting in person for the first time since the COVID pandemic began, the Global Environment Facility’s governing body approved the final tranche of its seventh funding cycle and endorsed record donor contributions for the coming four years as the partnership rallied around the need to invest in improved planetary health.
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Registration for field trips for the CBFP MoP19 has been prolonged until Sunday, 26 June 2022 at 6pm CEST. These exclusive field Trips will kick-off the diverse and ambitious technical and political discussions that will take place during the MoP19. They will offer great scenery and expert inputs on a variety of relevant themes. Field trips will take place before the beginning of the official meetings, between July 02 and 04, 2022.
Firstly, the European Commission (EC) published its breakthrough proposal for a EU Regulation on deforestation-free products, which Fern and allies have been working towards for years. We also came together with partner NGOs and civil society groups from around the world to successfully campaign to stop the EU from discarding Forest Law Enforcement Governance and Trade Voluntary Partnership Agreements - its best weapon to fight against illegal logging.
To kick off the diverse and ambitious technical and policy discussions that will take place during the conference, we are pleased to offer several field trip opportunities exclusively for MOP19. These will include beautiful landscapes and tours led by experienced experts on a variety of topics. The field trips will take place prior to the start of the conference, between July 02-4, 2022.
The Congo Basin Forest Partnership (CBFP) MOP19 will be held in Libreville, Gabon from 5-8 July 2022. If you have been accepted to attend the CBFP MOP19 and related meetings, please download the list of hotels selected for MOP19...
We are pleased to hereby inform you that exhibition registration for the CBFP MoP19 is open. The exhibition space offers your organization the opportunity to present your work, initiatives, projects and expertise to the participants of the MoP19. Exhibitors are able to rent a stand package at set prices with options for customization and additional equipment. To register as Exhibitor at the 19th Meeting of Parties of the Congo Basin Forest Partnership (CBFP), please fill out this form online before June 10, 2022.
At the COP26 climate summit, U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson and President Féelix Tshisekedi of the Democratic Republic of Congo announced a $500 million aid package to protect forests in the Central African country. Part of the Glasgow Leaders’ Declaration on Forests and Land Use, the announcement was one of the top headlines at the summit.
ATIBT had launched on February 15, 2022 the 2021 Timber Market Survey. This collection ended on May 9, 2022. The data is now being analyzed by the Probos Foundation and the results will be presented at the end of September 2022. We warmly thank all ATIBT members who have completed the Themis portal.
Bonn/Ventotene 26 May 2022 – Visualizing how migratory animals connect continents, countries, sites and habitats is the result of an international scientific effort under the aegis of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS), in developing the first atlas of bird migration across three continents. CMS, an environmental UN treaty, will launch the Eurasian-African Bird Migration Atlas today at the Museum of Migration on the Italian island of Ventotene, as the first part of a broader initiative to develop a global atlas of animal migration.
Save the Children signs deal to lead on climate change adaptation in the Pacific where children bear the brunt of extreme weather
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“At no other point in modern history has humanity faced such an array of familiar and unfamiliar risks and hazards interacting in a hyper-connected and rapidly changing world,” said Ibrahim Thiaw, the executive secretary of the U.N. Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), in a statement on the launch of the second Global Land Outlook report (GLO2).
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Relaunch of the National Forest Stewardship Standard development process in the Democratic Republic of Congo – ATIBT
FSC's Principles and Criteria set out the global requirements for responsible forest management. Chamber-balanced standard development groups (SDG’s) adapt the International Generic Indicators at the regional or national level to reflect the diverse legal, social and geographical conditions of forests in different parts of the world. The resulting adjustment is incorporated into a National Forest Stewardship Standard.
19th Meeting of the Parties (MOP) July 5-8, 2022, in Libreville, Gabon: Registration has been extended to June 01, 2022!
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With just over a week to go before the ATIBT Forum, we are sharing an updated version of the conference and roundtable program.This program will be regularly updated on the ATIBT website page dedicated to the Forum.
PeaceNexus is launching a call for proposals on embedding conflict sensitivity in environmental organisations. Environmental organisations are at the forefront of addressing the triple planetary crisis of climate change, pollution and biodiversity loss. In doing so, they grapple with conflict dynamics, face risks to their staff and partners, but also provide opportunities for divided groups to work together around issues of common concern. The deadline for application is Tuesday 21st June 2022.
19th Meeting of the Parties, July 5-8, 2022, in Libreville, Gabon: Registration is closing on May 20, 2022!
This is a reminder that registrations for the 19th Meeting of Parties (MoP) of the Congo Basin Forest Partnership in Libreville, Gabon, from 5 to 8 July 2022 are CLOSING IN 2 DAYS. Please note, that you can only attend with a completed registration. Please register here...
Mongolia flood defence project shows the way for urban adaptation. The project incorporates infrastructural upgrades with the formation of community action groups to improve the capital’s flood resilience . A project in Mongolia, which incorporates a wide range of initiatives and aims to build the resilience of high-risk communities, is directly confronting the burden of urban climate impacts.
Home to the only biosphere reserve of argan in the world, Morocco is facing a unique challenge. It must preserve its argan forests as a barrier to climate-induced desertification while helping the communities, that depend on these forests for a living, adapt and preserve their cultural heritage.
The 32nd meeting of the GCF Board is taking place in person in Antigua and Barbuda from May 16-19. The meeting, one of four scheduled this year, follows on the heels of the first Board meeting where USD 187.7 million was approved for new climate projects and major changes to GCF’s accreditation framework were approved. The changes aim to accelerate climate finance for developing countries and include strengthening the existing accreditation model and introducing the project-specific assessment approach (PSAA).
The proposed EU Regulation on deforestation-free products aims to ensure goods cannot be placed on the EU market if they have caused deforestation, forest degradation, or violated producer country laws. The Commission released a draft proposal of the Regulation on 17 November 2021, and now the European Parliament (EP) and the Council must agree on their positions. On 24 March 2022, the EP rapporteur Luxembourgish Member of the European Parliament (MEP), Christophe Hansen of the centre-right European People’s Party (EPP), released his draft response.
As world leaders, the private sector, and experts met for the final day of the 15th World Forestry Congress on Friday and the United Nations Forum on Forests begins today, fulfilling funding promises made during UNFCCC’s CoP26 to tackle the illegal timber trade and accelerating the implementation of sustainability strategies must be at the top of the agenda says TRAFFIC.
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The UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) has issued the second edition of its flagship report titled, ‘Global Land Outlook: Land Restoration for Recovery and Resilience’ (GLO2). The publication outlines various future land scenarios, and highlights the potential contributions of land restoration investments to climate change mitigation, biodiversity conservation, poverty reduction, and human health, among other SDGs.
Delegates at the 15th meeting of the World Forestry Congress (XV WFC) called for immediate action to protect forests, forestry, and forest stakeholders as providers of nature-based solutions to climate change, biodiversity loss, land degradation, hunger, and poverty. They encouraged “actions for a green, healthy and resilient future with forests” as a contribution to the SDGs, the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration, the post-2020 global biodiversity framework, and a green recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has launched its biennial flagship report on the state of the world’s forests (SOFO), which explores three intertwined forest pathways to achieve green recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic while tackling climate change and biodiversity loss, among other “multidimensional planetary crises.”
A high-level panel marked Desertification and Drought Day 2020 with a discussion focused on the Day’s theme, ‘Food. Feed. Fibre,” and the question, “Is it time for a new social contract for nature?” Ministers and agency heads offered recommendations for addressing vulnerabilities for land management that have been exposed by the COVID-19 pandemic and options for building back better.
Convening under the theme “Building a Green, Healthy and Resilient Future with Forests,” the Fifteenth meeting of the World Forestry Congress (XV WFC) sought to define the role of forests in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and other major agreements, including the Global Forest Goals, the Paris Agreement on climate change, and the post-2020 global biodiversity framework.
At the end of the XV World Forestry Congress held in Seoul from May 2 to 6, 8 ministers signed a text calling for the production and consumption of sustainable wood. Sustainable production and consumption of wood promotes forest conservation, enhances the value of forests and mitigates climate change. Building and living with wood responds to an increased demand for renewable materials and provides impetus for green recovery.