CBFP Facilitation holds interactive session with Cameroon’s civil society

Monday, 19 October 2020, Hotel La Falaise, Yaoundé - the CBFP Facilitation team led by the Honorable Dr. Christian RUCK, the CBFP Facilitator of the Federal Republic of Germany held discussions with civil society.

The meeting aimed on the one hand to discuss civil society members’ roadmaps and top fieldwork concerns and, on the other hand, provide an update on preparations ahead of the CBFP’s Civil Society Day, due to hold alongside the 8th CBFP Council in December in Kinshasa and lastly, discuss the Congo Basin’s participation in upcoming international meetings on climate and biodiversity.

 

Speaking to close to twenty participants representing coordinators and presidents of regional civil society networks, the Honorable ESSOLA ETOA Louis Roger who was also the meeting chair, thanked the CBFP Facilitation for honoring Civil Society with the gathering and recalled the expected outcomes of the meeting.

 

The CBFP Facilitator of the Federal Republic of Germany was pleased to meet with civil society. He recalled the CBFP’s mission and strategic axes. He reassured the audience that civil society’s concerns would be factored into the finetuning of the Facilitation’s roadmap. He touched on the CBFP’s other missions, which include dialogue with China on sustainable development, the implementation of the Ndjamena declaration, and the need to speak with one voice at major summits in 2021 so as to ensure that the Congo Basin gets fair compensation for its conservation efforts.

 

It is important not only for the voice of governments, but also that of people, scientists, public figures, companies, organizations ... all actors to be heard within CBFP colleges” He underscored.

 

In closing, Dr Christian RUCK described Cameroon as a second homeland where he had formed habits and grown familiar with unique landmarks. He also chatted about his weekend football games with his team and his football jersey emblazoned with his name. With this friendly story, the floor was opened for contributions.

 

 

Notable speeches, among others, included those of the traditional chiefs who do not feel very involved in the CBFP’s activities and called for greater involvement of traditional authorities in decision-making and forest preservation at village level.

 

“If we are equipped, we can provide great services to society. We will be the perfect whistleblower.”  said the traditional chiefs’ representative.

 

The local civil society network called for better visibility and consideration within the CBFP and requested feedback on the network's wish to join the CBFP.

 

The RECEIAC Secretary, Jérôme NGUEFACK highlighted the meagre budget and low priority   given to communication in programs and organizations. His question touched on the strategic place of communication within the CBFP’s strategy and RECEIAC’s failed attempts to sign an MOU with COMIFAC.

 

 

The CBFP Co-Facilitator H.E. MBITIKON Raymond, previously the Executive Secretary of COMIFAC, reaffirmed COMIFAC’s and the CBFP’s support for regional institutions and organizations. He stated that the acceptance of new members, the signing of MOUs and other agreements are done in compliance with applicable procedures. He noted that communication is gradually being taken into account by decision-making bodies.

 

The Facilitator highlighted civil society’s key role within the CBFP. He lauded the participants’ contributions which he said accurately reflected the responses received to the CBFP’s online surveys. He affirmed the Facilitation’s desire to find multifaceted and innovative high-impact solutions to the problems of all CBFP actors.

 

The Honorable ESSOLA presented the Civil Society Day as a great forum for consensus-building and for finetuning civil society’s voice.

 

The Youth Network and Women's Network coordinators presented the activities their respective networks had conducted throughout the year, and reiterated their gratitude to the CBFP for its support and planned rerun of the Civil Society Day in December in Kinshasa.

 

The meeting ended with a group photo as well as recommendations to continue the civil society discussions by e-mail.

 

Go back

Partners News

Local community engagement, strong policy signals and long-term financing key ingredients for forest restoration – WWF Panda

New report shows the long-term benefits of restoring forests outweigh the costs. The long-term benefits of restoring forests outweigh the costs, and this is a key factor in driving the implementation of forest landscape restoration (FLR) in many countries, a new WWF and IUFRO study finds.

Taking stock of three years of implementation of payments for environmental services in Côte d’Ivoire - EU REDD Facility

Payments for environmental services (PES) are at the heart of Côte d’Ivoire’s REDD+ and forest policies, which aim to restore and conserve the country’s forest cover up to 20% of the country’s land area. The EU REDD Facility has analysed the experience and lessons learnt from two innovative pilot projects, which tested several PES models aimed at restoring forest cover in cocoa landscapes. I have the pleasure of sharing with you the results of this analysis.

Getting the incentives right. Why partnership agreements should be at the heart of EU efforts to end deforestation – FERN

The publication comes on the heels of the European Parliament’s report An EU legal framework to halt and reverse EU-driven global deforestation, adopted on 22 October. Such a regulation will only be effective if accompanied by action to tackle the drivers of forest loss and human rights violations on the ground. Getting the incentives right suggests that the EU negotiate partnership agreements with major producers of forest risk commodities.

The november CBFP Flash News is available! Please check it out...

Read: CBFP Facilitator, Honorable Dr Christian Ruck, makes successful entrance into Congo Basin’s diplomatic and political scene; CBFP Facilitator, the Honourable Dr Christian Ruck, in audiences with high-ranking political leaders in Cameroon; 16 October 2020 – Implementation of N’Djamena Declaration in West Bloc gets major boost following visit of CBFP Facilitator of the Federal Republic of Germany, the Honourable Dr Christian Ruck…

PRESS RELEASE - OFAC launches its new analysis portal on Central African forest ecosystems

Yaoundé, Cameroon, 29 October 2020 - In order to encourage informed decision-making for sustainable forest management, conservation and responsible use of biodiversity in Central Africa, the Observatory of Central African Forests (OFAC), a technical unit of the Central African Forest Commission (COMIFAC), has set up a new analysis platform with key indicators of regional, national and local policy trends and their impacts on forest ecosystems.

CBFP technical and financial partners based in Kinshasa gather around CBFP Facilitator of the Federal Republic of Germany, the Honourable Dr Christian Ruck

Kinshasa, 12 October 2020 - A meeting of technical and financial partners based in Kinshasa was held at the Pullman Hotel in Kinshasa with close to twenty participants, including: Donors, Technical and financial partners, The private sector,  Research institutions.

16 October 2020 – Implementation of N’Djamena Declaration in West Bloc gets major boost following visit of CBFP Facilitator of the Federal Republic of Germany, the Honourable Dr Christian Ruck…

The meeting of the West Bloc Coordination Platform will hold on 26 January 2021. Such was the conclusion of the meeting of partners and countries of the West Bloc Coordination Platform for monitoring the implementation of the N’Djaména Declaration.

Two new programmes in Gabon – CAFI

Gabon is pursuing a low-carbon development strategy that optimizes economic goals while preserving forests and their ecosystems. The country has therefore committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 50% within 2025 through sustainable land-use. Tackling forest degradation, often a result of illegal logging, is essential to reducing Gabon's carbon emissions, as such degradation accounts for 50-80% of the country's total emissions.

Enhancing transparency and accountability – CAFI

GENEVA, 7 October 2020 – Revising the operating procedures of the Central African Forest Initiative (CAFI) is an endeavour that started earlier this year and has just received valuable recommendations from a new report by Transparency International (TI). Acknowledging the work achieved on transparency and integrity while identifying areas for improvement, the report released today by TI provides useful input into the process.

The brand Fair & Precious is celebrating its third anniversary and keeps on developing! - ATIBT

All ATIBT members, regardless of their status, are reminded that they can become partners of the brand simply as members of the Association.Created in November 2017 at the initiative of the International Tropical Timber Technical Association (ATIBT), and with the support of AFD and KfW, Fair&Precious is a collective and collaborative brand.

VPA FLEGT Gabon: UFIGA works for the resumption of vpa flegt negotiations between Gabon and the European Union - ATIBT

Within the framework of the FLEGT-Certification program of ATIBT, the UFIGA requested and directed the realization of a review of the situation of the VPA FLEGT process in Gabon in order to contribute to an effective resumption of negotiations of the VPA FLEGT process.

White Paper: Build back better in a post-COVID-19 world – Reducing future wildlife-borne spillover of disease to humans

This white paper aims to provide Northern and Southern Development partners and decision- makers with a better understanding of: a) why spillover of disease from wildlife to humans occurs, and why these zoonotic disease outbreaks can spread and become epidemics and pandemics such as COVID-19; b) what they can do to prevent, detect and respond to future spillover events, with a special focus on priority interventions at the human–wildlife–livestock interfaces.

Final Reports: United Nations Biodiversity Summit

The Summit focused on the theme “Urgent Action on Biodiversity for Sustainable Development,” to highlight the urgency of action at the highest levels in support of a post-2020 GBF that contributes to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (2030 Agenda) and places the global community on a path towards realizing the 2050 Vision for Biodiversity, “Living in harmony with nature.”

The Evolving War on Illegal Wildlife Trade - IISD

Illegal trafficking and unsustainable trade in wildlife are causing unprecedented declines in some species. They can also potentially lead to the spread of zoonoses, such as SARS-CoV-2, which causes COVID-19. While the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora has been in force since 1975, there are growing calls to build a stand-alone international instrument to address illegal wildlife trade and crime.