CBFP Facilitation Mandate of the Federal Republic of German extended till end of 2022 and Facilitator meets with private sector in Libreville

As the CBFP announced on its website, it will be managed until 2022 by the Facilitation team of the Federal Republic of Germany with Honourable Dr Christian Ruck serving as Facilitator, assisted by the Co-Facilitator, Minister Raymond Mbitikon of the Central African Republic. The Facilitation’s mandate was originally scheduled to end in 2021.

The Facilitation’s main aim from 2020 to 2022 is to help preserve and sustainably use the incredibly rich forest landscapes of Central Africa. Safeguarding their endangered integrity is crucial for the sustainable development of Congo Basin countries and populations, and tackling global challenges such as declining biodiversity or climate change.

The German CBFP Facilitation aims, among other things to:

  • Consolidate dialogue with China
  • Implement the N'Djamena Declaration on transhumance
  • Encourage countries of the Congo Basin to speak up with one voice at major climate and biodiversity summits in 2021, so that the Congo Basin can receive a fair share of benefits as compensation for its efforts to preserve and sustainably manage its forest resources.

 

As explained by Dr Christian Ruck, “it is important not only for the voice of governments to be heard, but also that of populations, scientists, leading figures, companies, organizations ... all these stakeholders are represented within the 7 CBFP colleges and are working on a Joint Declaration of the Congo Basin. "

 

To achieve its objectives and implement its roadmap, the CBFP Facilitation of the Federal Republic of Germany will build on the important work done by members of the CBFP Partnership but also on the achievements of Previous Facilitations.

 

CBFP Facilitator meets Gabon's private sector in Libreville

 

Following a trip to Cameroon in early May, the CBFP Facilitator visited Gabon to meet with CBPF members. Hence, last Thursday, May 12, members of the CBFP private sector college in Gabon were received at the German Embassy in Libreville. The visitors included representatives of several companies (Olam, Woodbois), professional associations (UFIGA, ATIBT) and sustainable forest management certification organizations (FSC and PEFC-PAFC).

 

Having presented the CFBP’s three current strategic axes, Dr Ruck explained that following intensified deforestation in Brazil, the Congo Basin had become the planet’s largest "lung" in terms of CO2 absorption capacity, with Brazil placing second in this regard.

 

The strategic axis to strengthen dialogue with China is supported by a GIZ-led project, which plans to organize a series of workshops on the topic:  "How can we shape the international tropical timber market?".

 

The strategic axis focusing on the Congo Basin’s common voice at climate discussions and negotiations (the CBFP Declaration) should help in clinching a deal to preserve forests in exchange for climate funds. A conference will be organized during which representatives of administrations, technical and financial partners and the private sector (forest permit managers) will discuss all the actors’ roles and responsibilities, and the corresponding reallocation of funds.

 

Members of the private sector then shared their views on the following topics:

  • The need to recognize the role of certified logging companies or those in the process of obtaining certification, in preserving forests, and related ecosystem services and local development;
  • The importance of the FLEGT action plan and the need to expand the surface area of ​​certified forests to fight illegal logging and unfair competition in the timber market;
  • The need to avoid “profiling” certified companies and find financial tools to enable them to continue investing;
  • The need for technical and financial partners to help States rehabilitate and expand sustainable infrastructure (railways, rivers);
  • The need to find investors to shore up the value of wood-related products and waste. Presently in Gabon only 30% of forest products is exported;
  • The potential role of agroforestry in areas surrounding forest concessions in the fight against forest degradation and in contributing to local development.

 

Images: Photo Jacqueline and Merline Touko T

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