From the World Leaders’ Summit that opened the conference to discussions around coal, carbon trading and finance, the Glasgow Climate Conference COP26 saw an unprecedented focus on forests

Announcements came thick and fast from both public and private actors and was met by scrutiny and debunking by civil society.

Key points included:

  • The Glasgow Leaders’ Declaration on Forests and Land Use, pledging 137 countries to conserve and restore forests, but criticised for being yet another non-binding declaration with a distant target.
  • Billions of dollars in new finance for forests – but little clarity on how they will be spent and who will get to decide.
  • New rules on carbon trading, which fuel concerns about the potential role of carbon markets as a get-out-clause to emitters.
  • Greater recognition of the crucial role of Indigenous Peoples’ and local communities – a positive step that must now translate into meaningful involvement in decision making.


Read our full forest-focused round up of COP26 to find out more about what it all means for forests and the people who live in them.

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New editions of book Central African Forests Forever in English, French and Chinese downloadable for free

17 new chapters about opportunities and solutions for conservation and sustainable use of the Congo Basin rainforest. Including: The China Responsible Forest Products Trade and Investment Alliance (China RFA) supports Chinese timber companies in sustainable forest management in the Congo Basin. Responsible Cobalt Initiative wants to improve the lives of artisanal miners. Transition to sustainable forest management in Gabon. Sedentary farming ends slash and burn agriculture near Salonga National Park in DRC. Printed copies are available. Review first edition: “A masterpiece.” Minister Philip Ngwese Ngole of Forests and Wildlife in Cameroon.

Nouabalé-Ndoki National Park - Monthly Newsletter, October 2021

SUMMARY: A successful vaccination campaign for rangers and key frontline staff was successfully launched, ensuring protection against a range of transmissable diseases such as rabies and tuberculosis. Sabine Plattner’s African Charities opened an early learning and maternal education centre in Bomassa village, the opening of which was assisted by NNNP staff. The school will work with the Park on environmental education. 5 rangers received advanced first aid training in Brazzaville. They will now act as medics for the Park’s rangers.

Fern Information note: Building alliances for equitable climate action for people and the planet

In 2021, CARE France, Coordination Sud, GRET and Fern organised a series of webinars to discuss civil society’s role in implementing climate action that protects biodiversity and local communities. These meetings provided an opportunity to explore concrete actions, and increased collaboration between Northern and Southern civil society groups to strengthen their impact on Nationally Determined Contributions. In this briefing we explore some of the key contributions made during these webinars.

COP 26 - COMIFAC Congo Basin Initiatives Pavilion: AWF Side Event : To introduce the Africa Protected Area Congress (APAC)

AWF hosted a well-received and vibrant side event in the COMIFAC pavilion in partnership with CBFP.  The event sought to bring visibility for the upcoming Africa’s  Inaugural pan African Congress aiming to develop an African Vision for the Management of Africa’s Protected Area Estate, to position P&CAs within the broader goals of economic development and well-being, and to establish the vital role they play in the conservation of biodiversity and in providing vital life sustaining ecosystem services.  

Do you have confidence in us to build the Great Green Wall, young people ask leaders - UNCCD

A high-level ministerial event on the African led Great Green Wall initiative took place Monday, 8 November at the Climate Change COP26 to identify critical elements to help the public and private sectors to make best use of the billions of dollars pledged this year, and bring to fruition 8,000km of green projects, stretching right across Africa.

Keep calm and COP out: 26th UN Climate Conference offers promises instead of action - Fern

The United Nation’s 26th Climate Conference (COP26) - “our best last chance on climate” - is over. We were promised increased ambition, more cash for those most affected by climate change, and movement towards the Paris Climate Agreement’s aim of keeping global heating to 1.5 degrees. So what did we get, and how does a COP work?

From the World Leaders’ Summit that opened the conference to discussions around coal, carbon trading and finance, the Glasgow Climate Conference COP26 saw an unprecedented focus on forests

Key points included: The Glasgow Leaders’ Declaration on Forests and Land Use, pledging 137 countries to conserve and restore forests, but criticised for being yet another non-binding declaration with a distant target.

Put your money where your mouth is: CIDT calls for the international community to provide sustainable support for citizen led monitoring of forest related climate change commitments – CIDT

CIDT was honoured to be involved in the international climate change summit – COP26 in Glasgow, Scotland. Through its collaboration with the Central African Forest Commission (COMIFAC) and Congo Basin Forest Partnership (CBFP), CIDT organised a panel discussion entitled – Saving Africa’s Congo Basin Rainforest, People and Biodiversity. The panel discussion was held on 11th November 2021 in the COMIFAC pavilion.

Press Release - Donors pledge $413 million to help most vulnerable cope with climate crisis – GEF

In a show of support for those most at risk from climate change, 12 donor governments have pledged $413 million in new funding for the Least Developed Countries Fund during the COP26 climate summit. The LDCF, hosted by the Global Environment Facility, is the only dedicated source of climate resilience funds for the 46 Least Developed Countries, which have contributed the least to carbon emissions and face some of the highest risks from the effects of climate change.

Landmark $500 million agreement launched at COP26 to protect DR Congo’s forest - Africa-Undp

Glasgow, 2 November 2021: President Félix Tshisekedi of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Prime Minister Boris Johnson of the United Kingdom have signed a joint statement on behalf of the Central African Forest Initiative (CAFI) endorsing an ambitious 10-year agreement (2021-31) to protect the Congo Basin rainforest - the world’s second largest forest.

COP26 IPLC forest tenure Joint Donor Statement: Advancing Support for Indigenous Peoples’ and Local Communities’ Tenure Rights and their Forest Guardianship Glasgow COP26, November 2021.

With reference to the Glasgow Leaders’ Declaration on Forests and Land Use of 2 November 2021 and its commitment ‘to working collectively to halt and reverse forest loss and land degradation by 2030 while delivering sustainable development and promoting an inclusive rural transformation’....

COP26 Congo Basin Joint Donor Statement: Supporting the protection and sustainable management of the Congo Basin forests.

With reference to the Glasgow Leaders Declaration on Forests and Land Use of 2 November 2021 and its commitment ‘to working collectively to halt and reverse forest loss and land degradation by 2030 while delivering sustainable development and promoting an inclusive rural transformation’, we, the Ministers and representatives from the countries and organisations listed below make the following statement, that we...

World of Wood Festival of London, to highlight role of timber in creating a low-carbon future - ATIBT

As Glasgow hosts COP26 in the first two weeks of November, the global timber industry is collectively hosting a "World of Wood Festival". This six-week event about global timber and global forests takes place from 25 October to 3 December 2021 at the Building Centre in Store Street, London, and virtually around the world.

Donors pledge $400 million to the Least Developed Countries Fund - climatechangenews

Twelve donor governments pledged $413 million in climate financing for the Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF) at Cop26 on Tuesday. Representatives of Belgium, the Belgian region of Walloon, Canada, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Ireland, the Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United States were present at a pledging event in the UNFCCC Blue Zone, moderated by Bezos Earth Fund CEO Andrew Steer, where attendees discussed how to enhance timely support for climate adaptation particularly in countries most vulnerable to climate change.

Press Release - New program to transform global food systems across key commodities in 27 countries – GEF

At an event at COP26 in Glasgow, a new $345 million, seven-year program, The Food Systems, Land Use and Restoration Impact Program (FOLUR), will launch projects in 27 countries, targeting the production and value chains of eight key commodities: beef, cocoa, coffee, maize, palm oil, rice, soy, and wheat. FOLUR aims to transform global food and land use systems through a Global Platform and 27 country projects that restore degraded landscapes and intensify sustainable land management practices.

Adaptation Fund Raises Record US$ 356 Million in New Pledges at COP26 for its Concrete Actions to Most Vulnerable - unfccc

Glasgow, United Kingdom (November 9, 2021) — The Adaptation Fund held its annual Contributor Dialogue on Monday at the UN COP26 climate change conference in Glasgow, and received a record-shattering US$ 356 million in new support from contributing national and regional governments announced at the dialogue and over the next days.

EU at COP26: Commission pledges €100 million to the Adaptation Fund -EC.europa

At today's high-level plenary session at COP26, the European Commission announced a new pledge of €100 million in finance for the Adaptation Fund. Speaking in Glasgow, Executive-Vice-President Frans Timmermans said: “We have to scale up international climate finance and provide a predictable framework for its delivery. The Adaptation Fund can play a key role and that is why I am pleased to announce for the first time that the European Commission is committing €100 million to the Fund, to support developing countries.

COMIFAC at CoP26: High-level Session on Central African countries contributions and multilateral financial mechanisms to protect Congo Basin

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.

COMIFAC at CoP26: Private Sector – British Timber Federation, China Timber Association and Central African countries call for global governance of the world’s forests for greater equity.

Co-organised by COMIFAC, German Facilitation of the Congo Basin Forest Partnership (CBFP) and Timber Trade Federation of Great Britain (TTF UK), an important session on private sector took place on 6 November 2021, at the COMIFAC Pavilion at CoP26 in Glasgow, UK, on the theme: "Global Forests Need Global Governance".

Accelerating the “Fair Deal”: Implementation of the COMIFAC Declaration and COP26 Joint Donor Statement on the Congo Basin: High-level representatives of Donor countries in dialogue with Ministers from Central African countries

This high-level event will make the case for a new "climate/biodiversity Fair deal", advocating for a fair share of climate/biodiversity funding and political commitment directed towards the Congo Basin ecosystems equal to their global value in terms of biodiversity and as a carbon sink. The dialogue initiated at this roundtable will serve to catalyse longer-term dialogue and partnerships across the region, and scaled-up ambition on both the part of the donor community and Central Africa’s forested countries.

Landmark USD 500 M Agreement Launched at COP26 to Protect the DR Congo’s Forest -CAFI

Glasgow, 2 November 2021: President Félix Tshisekedi of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Prime Minister Boris Johnson of the United Kingdom on behalf of the Central African Forest Initiative (CAFI) today endorsed an ambitious 10-year agreement (2021-31) to protect the Congo Basin rainforest – the world's second largest.

Agricultural Commodity Companies Corporate Statement of Purpose - UKCOP26

Recognising the important role of agricultural commodities to address climate change as well as achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, notably promoting economic development, reducing poverty, underpinning food security and improving the livelihoods of billions of people; Recognising also the shared responsibility of the agri-commodity sector, including traders, processors, manufacturers, retailers and consumers, as well as governments...


COMIFAC at COP26: For a stronger commitment of the international community to Congo Basin

Glasgow, Scotland, 31 October 2021 - This Sunday marked the procedural opening of negotiations at the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference of Parties (COP26). Representatives of 196 countries and organisations, including His Excellency Minister of Forestry and Wildlife of Cameroon, Jules Doret Ndongo, current President of COMIFAC, attended the official launch of technical and political exchanges on the issue. Cop26, as recalled by scientists, is a decisive moment for humanity, which will allow us to avoid catastrophic global warming.

International Wood Manifesto Launches in Advance of COP26 - PPAC

Earlier today, the wood industry’s COP26 International Partners Advisory Body launched its wood manifesto entitled “Growing our Low Carbon Future: Time for Timber”. Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) has been a leading partner in this collaborative global effort to profile the key role timber and wood use in construction can play in our move to a net-zero carbon economy.

International financial flows to support nature protection and sustainable forest management in Central Africa - OFAC BREIF

This publication analyses the funding flows over the last decade in support of nature conservation and sustainable management of the Congo Basin, presents various themes covered by the current financing and identifies possible imbalances.

Publication of the Study Package: Letter from the CBFP Facilitator

I want to thank the authors for their dedicated and high-quality work that went into the production of these studies, as well as UNIQUE consulting for their tireless and engaged support, which made all of them possible. The studies provide valuable and urgently needed insights into some of the most pressing issues in central African forest policy. But they also show up opportunities and solutions for the future of the beautiful tropical forests of the Congo Basin, which are of such immense value, as the second great green lungs of the world, to all of humanity

Sub-regional forum of traditional chefferies and local actors of the transfrontal transhumance in favour of the construction of a dialogue (Nigeria, Central Africa, Chad, Cameroon), Rey-Bouba (Cameroon) from 25 to 28 October 2021

The GIZ Support Project to the BSB YAMOUSSA complex, in collaboration with the Lamidat of Rey Bouba, proposes to organize a sub-regional forum of direct local actors of transboundary transhumance and traditional stakeholders from the grassroots communities, with a view to exchanging, sharing experiences and reflecting on the construction of dialogue in favour of a peaceful transhumance.

42 NGOs alarmed at the EU for possibly abandoning the fight against illegal logging and failing forested countries - FLEGT

In this letter to the Slovenian and French Presidencies of the EU, 42 civil society networks and organisations from countries across Africa, Asia, Europe, and South America call on the European Union (EU) to strengthen support to the Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) Regulation and its Voluntary Partnership Agreements (VPAs), the EU’s key legal instruments to fight illegal logging, and the associated trade.

Global Forest Watch: perspectives from the developed (Northern) and developing (Southern) countries

This is a second polite reminder to let you know we are conducting an anonymous evaluation funded by the World Resources Institute (WRI) of forest monitoring information and tools, and their usefulness, with a particular focus on Global Forest Watch (GFW), and stakeholder perspectives.

CBFP Study Package - Publications available for download

The German CBFP Facilitation has commissioned a package of 6 thematic studies on pertinent issues in Congo Basin forest politics (namely REDD+ in the Congo Basin, Land Use Planning, Transhumance, Ecotourism, Sustainable value chains, China´s role in Central African forestry) as well as an overarching synthesis study. Each study consists of a full study report as well as a short policy brief. Please download the CBFP Study Package…

Protecting the forests of the Congo Basin: Synthesis report of studies conducted during the German Facilitation of the CBFP in 2021

...In addition to this effort at the global policy level, the facilitation commissioned six thematic studies related to specific opportunities and challenges for the forests of the Congo Basin and the people who depend directly on the products, biodiversity and ecosystem services the forests provide. The six studies and a policy brief for each study were prepared between December 2020 and August 2021. They focus on the following topics...