The discussion focused on a proposed Declaration of the CBFP as a ‘type 2’ partnership, which while is not in the position to impose decisions on states, does have an influence over discussions and negotiations at the international level which relate to the region – UNFCCC and CBD in particular.
The Federal Republic of Germany facilitates the Congo Basin Forest Partnership in 2020-2021
Berlin, Germany - 14 February 2019 The Federal Republic of Germany has agreed to take over the Facilitation of the Congo Basin Forest Partnership (CBFP) for the period 2020-2021. It is thus honoured and very pleased to be able to take over this role and to continue the initiatives and work undertaken by the previous CBFP Facilitators: the Kingdom of Belgium, the European Union, Canada, France and the United States.
Dr. Christian Ruck, has been appointed by the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany to assume the role of CBFP Facilitator for the next two years. Dr. Ruck is a seasoned, high-level politician with proven expertise and a keen interest in the Congo Basin. He has worked both at the German and international level, representing his country in numerous international fora and has accepted several important mandates.
Dr. Ruck was officially installed as CBFP Facilitator of the Republic of Germany on 14 February 2020 at BMZ Berlin during a solemn ceremony presided over by Dr. Gerd Müller, Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development, Member of the German Federal Government. This ceremony marked at the same time the official launch of the activities of the German Facilitation. It brought together Ambassadors of Central African countries, Ambassadors and diplomatic missions of donor countries, German parliamentarians and sectoral ministries concerned with the topic as well as national and international organizations.
"It is both an honour and a challenge for me to lead an initiative such as the CBFP" said the new facilitator, who was, among others, from 1990 to 2013, Member of the Bundestag, German Federal Parliament, from October 2002 to November 2009, Chairman of the Working Group on Economic Cooperation and Development of the CDU/CSU Parliamentary Group and from November 2009 to 2013, Dr Ruck was Vice-Chairman of the CDU/CSU Parliamentary Group and responsible for Economic Cooperation and Development, Environment and Energy. In 2013, Dr Ruck assumed the position of Director of the KFW office in Cameroon, with a broad portfolio, including the forestry sector. More recently, he was with KFW in Tanzania covering the green sector portfolio.
"It is essential for the Federal Republic of Germany and the other CBFP partners to support the efforts that Central African countries are striving to implement for the conservation and sustainable management of their natural resources and the fight against poverty. The sustainable development of the magnificent forests that these countries are home to is one of the keys to their future development. The preservation of their unique biodiversity and the control of the carbon stocks they contain are also global challenges that call for global solutions. Thus reflecting the importance and global responsibility of humanity in the preservation of its forests, natural resources and biodiversity capital. But above all the positive impact that the conservation and sustainable management of these forests have on people's livelihoods and on the global climate. For these solutions to emerge, stakeholders need to come together and suggest relevant and effective strategic directions. This is why the CBFP is important, given the multiple pressures that threaten the integrity of its ecosystems and whose causes are diverse and linked to, among others, the resource and policy governance framework, the security situation, socio-economic development and the effects of climate change".
"What can the Congo Basin Forest Partnership do? - Our joint partnership can develop or initiate problem analyses and corresponding solutions. It brings together allies, but also parties in conflict in an atmosphere of voluntariness and institutional flexibility. It can initiate, activate and support action programmes and transboundary agreements, and it can try to coordinate and align the multitude of donors, funds and programmes with a single ambition: the protection and sustainable use of the forest ecosystems of the Congo Basin. »
Dr. Ruck, the new facilitator, is pleased that the outgoing facilitator, provided by the Kingdom of Belgium from January 2018 to December 2019, has worked with partners to consolidate the governance of the CBFP, further develop and guide the partnership in the enhanced thematic and policy dialogue among partners.
"The facilitation of the Federal Republic of Germany obviously intends to build on the results achieved by the facilitation.
To this end, the new facilitation intends to propose two priorities to its partners:
- Firstly: to continue the good initiatives of the Belgian facilitation, namely : (1) the sustainable management of transhumance in a context of growing herd sizes, (2) the cross-border fight against organised poaching which has destructive impacts, particularly on certain emblematic species, is threatened and destabilises the living conditions of local populations and constitutes major threats to security in certain cross-border regions of the Congo Basin, (3) and the inclusive dialogue with China.
- Secondly, as a new objective: sustainable uses, which has many facets, including: more effective payment for the ecological services of forest functions; improved management of protected areas with greater benefits for the local population; certification not only of forest concessions, but also of plantations or the exploitation of mineral resources; initiatives for ecotourism and value-added processing of forest products; and support for all initiatives to restore and reuse degraded areas. Emphasizes the Facilitator in his address "Concerted responses are now urgently needed, and the CBFP provides a framework for developing them".
A Facilitation Roadmap of the Federal Republic of Germany is being finalized in consultation with CBFP partners.
It will be communicated to the partners and posted on the CBFP website after its adoption by the parties in the coming weeks.
Note to the editors :
The Congo Basin Forest Partnership (CBFP) was established in 2002 at the World Summit on Sustainable Development held in Johannesburg in response to United Nations General Assembly resolution 54/214, which called on the international community to support the efforts for the conservation and sustainable management of the forests of the Congo Basin, as reflected in the declaration of the Heads of State of Yaoundé 1999.
The Congo Basin Forest Partnership is affiliated with the partnerships of the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development. As a "Type2" partnership, it is a multi-stakeholder partnership allowing member organisations to cooperate on a voluntary basis. The CBFP brings together 115 members, including 10 Central African countries and nearly a hundred partners concerned with the forest ecosystems of the Congo Basin (ECCAS, COMIFAC, partner countries, civil society of the Congo Basin, international NGOs, multilateral organizations, research and training institutions, private sector operators). Cooperation within CBFP aims to support this common vision of the Central African Heads of State, in particular by improving the effectiveness of the measures taken, including technical and financial support, in favour of biodiversity conservation and the sustainable management of forest ecosystems, the fight against climate change and poverty reduction in Central African countries in accordance with the COMIFAC Convergence Plan.
Cooperation and governance structure of the Congo Basin Forest Partnership
In keeping with its non-binding and voluntary nature, the CBFP does not have a formal institutional structure. Instead, it has a set of informal structures: CBFP Meeting of the Parties; CBFP Governing Council; CBFP Colleges; CBFP Facilitation.
The CBFP was initially facilitated by the United States from January 2003 to December 2004, France from January 2005 to October 2007, Germany from October 2007 to September 2010 and Canada from September 2010 to December 12. The United States again assumed the Facilitation from May 2013 to December 2015, the European Union from January 2016 to December 2018. The Kingdom of Belgium from January 2018 to December 2019. The CBFP Facilitation is now provided for the second time by the Federal Republic of Germany for the period 2020-2021.
The Federal Republic of Germany, which has been a member of the Partnership since the launch of the initiative in 2002, was one of the original supporters of the "Congo Basin Forest Partnership" at its inception. Eighteen years after this initial launch, the CBFP continues to flourish, with today 115 members and an average of more than 500 participants in the meetings of the parties. Better yet, the CBFP is, without a doubt, a capital for our actions today and a hope for our future achievements. It represents one of the good examples of the concept of multi-stakeholder partnerships, contributing to intergovernmental, multi-stakeholder engagement.
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CBFP technical and financial partners based in Kinshasa gather around CBFP Facilitator of the Federal Republic of Germany, the Honourable Dr Christian Ruck
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CBFP Facilitator, Honorable Dr Christian Ruck, makes successful entrance into Congo Basin’s diplomatic and political scene
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