COMIFAC - GTBAC 12: Central Africa adopts a common position at the first Intergovernmental Committee meeting for Nagoya Protocol


Apart from this common position, GTBAC 12 assesses the implementation of GTBAC 11 recommendations and GTBAC 2011 roadmap concerning NTFPs promotion. It identifies actions to undertake for the implementation of MOP5 decisions of Cartagena Protocol and needs for the transfer of Central African countries APA experiences to those of West Africa and finally formulates 9 strong recommendations. These are the main results of the eleventh GTBAC meeting.


Please, download the Final Communiqué of GTBAC 12


From 28 to 31 May 2011, the twelfth GTBAC meeting held in Douala (Cameroon) on the implementation of the decisions of the Tenth Conference of Parties (CdP10) at the Convention on Biological Biodiversity and the fifth meeting of parties to the Cartagena Protocol on the prevention of Biotechnological risks (RdP5) and the next meeting of the NTFPs Sub-Work Group.


docs/news/nov-dec2009/photos-de-famille-gtbac-10.jpgThe following COMIFAC member countries attended: Burundi, Cameroon, Congo, Gabon, Equatorial Guinea, CAR, DRC, Chad and Sao Tome & Principe, Representatives of international organisations and of the civil society (FAO, ICRAF, UICN, REFADD, RAPAC), the representative of GIZ support project to COMIFAC, members of COMIFAC Executive Secretariat and CBFP Facilitation representatives.  The workshop was organized by COMIFAC Executive Secretariat with the financial assistance of GIZ support project to COMIFAC, the Initiative for capacity building in the area of access to Biological/genetic resources and the just and fair sharing of benefits derived from their use (APA) for Africa and of FAO. (Family Photo GTBAC 10).


Two of the main objectives of GTBAC 12 were, (1) To make an appraisal of APA-related activities in the different COMIFAC countries in order to see how to build capacities for the implementation of APA protocol at national level; (2) To organize GTBAC members in thematic groups to ensure the implementation of APA Protocol and of all COP10 decisions at sub-regional and national levels; (3) To identify actions to undertake for the implementation of Cartagena Protocol MOP5 decisions; (4) To evaluate the implementation of GTBAC 11 recommendations and GTBAC 2011 roadmap; (5) To prepare the first Intergovernmental Committee meeting on APA Protocol which shall hold from 6 to 10 June 2011 in Montréal, preceded by a consultation meeting from 4 to 5 June and by an African meeting on 3 June.


During four days punctuated by many plenary communications, participants listened to exposés built around eight points, namely: (1) To evaluate the implementation of GTBAC 11 recommendations and 2011 roadmap; (2) Status report of APA process in countries. (3) Activities related to the exportation of Prunus Africana (4) Objective of the participation to Senegal APA Focal Point GTBAC 12 (5) Domestication of NTFPs (6) Status report of GTBAC roadmap concerning NTFPs promotion (7) Restitution of results of GTBAC participation in CBFP regional consultative committee in Bujumbura (8) Preparation of action and media days on biodiversity in Central African forests.


Following intense plenary and group discussions, participants adopted a final communiqué. In general, GTBAC 12 evaluates the implementation of GTBAC 11 recommendations and GTBAC 2011 roadmap concerning NTFPs promotion. It identifies actions to undertake for the implementation of MOP15 decisions of Cartagena Protocol and the needs of transferring Central African countries APA experiences to those of West Africa and eventually formulates 9 strong recommendations. These are the main results of the eleventh GTBAC meeting.


In conclusion, constructive discussions and concrete results of this 12th meeting confirmed the important contribution desired by GTBAC in order to guarantee the implementation of Nagoya recommendations in Central Africa.


For a better understanding of the stakes of this meeting, please download: 


Final Communiqué


NTFPs Sub-Work Group in Central Africa: Status report of GTBAC roadmap in the domain of NTFPs promotion


ICRAF: NTFPs Domestication

Presentation of GTBAC and other COMIFAC Work Groups results from the 9th CCR-CBFP meeting held in Bujumbura (Burundi) from 25 to 27 May 2011


Read GTBAC 11 conclusions again


To learn more, please contact Mr NCHOUTPOUEN CHOUIBOU –

Go back


Unenvironment-African Ministers of the environment agree to accelerate action through effective mechanisms for sustainable development

Durban, 15 November 2019 – In a ministerial declaration issued today at the closing of the 17th Ordinary Session of the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN), African governments agreed to make the Conference the forum for making regional environment policies with effective mechanisms for implementation.

Read more …

First GCF Green Champions to be announced at COP25

The GCF Green Champions Awards was launched in August this year to recognise and promote the most noteworthy and successful efforts to fight climate change in developing countries. The nominees, which include outstanding individuals and organisations driving climate transformation, are among the prime examples of initiatives that exemplify environmental, social and business-led commitments to combat climate change.

Read more …

Thegef-The next challenge for business: adapting to climate change

The private sector must begin preparing for climate change and the ensuing disruption to operations and services with new approaches. The future success of the private sector may not only depend on how successfully it can mitigate, but also on how it can adapt to climate change. Extreme weather events are already causing havoc to operations, supply chains and commerce all over the world.

Read more …

GEF to showcase power of partnerships at Madrid climate summit

As financial mechanism of the UN climate convention (UNFCCC), the Global Environment Facility (GEF) will play a central role in Madrid in helping advance negotiations on topics such as finance and technology transfer, and in highlighting examples of where climate change action is bearing fruit, where it can be scaled up, and where more work must be done, especially in least developed countries.

Read more …

Adaptation Fund at COP25

The 25th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP25), as well as CMP15 and CMA2 will be held from December 2-13, 2019 in Madrid, Spain. The conference was originally scheduled to take place in Santiago, Chile, but the venue was changed due to the difficult situation the country was undergoing. However, Chile remains as the COP25 Presidency with Spain stepping forward to host this conference of “action”, demonstrating the spirit of cooperation and partnership in the fight against climate change.

Read more …

Rwanda and Republic of Congo receive project funding approved during Adaptation Fund Board meeting - Adaptation Fund Board Approves US$ 63 Million in New Projects, Including First Innovation and Scale-Up Grants

The new grant window projects approved by the Board include small innovation grants for Armenia (through its NIE, EPIU) and Chile (through its NIE, AGCID), and one project scale-up grant for Rwanda through its NIE, the Ministry of Environment…Through its concrete project funding process, the Board approved six concrete adaptation projects totaling over US$ 52 million in Congo, El Salvador, Georgia, Malawi, the Republic of Moldova, and a regional project in Djibouti, Kenya, Sudan and Uganda

Read more …

GCF-Green Climate Fund Board commits an additional USD 407.8 million to combat climate crisis

No mobilization for Central Africa during the 24th GCF Board meeting which allocates USD 407.8 million, raising GCF's total portfolio to USD 5.6 billion. The Board 24th approved 13 new projects. Similarly, for Central Africa no projects were approved under the Simplified Approval Process (SAP) as well as accreditation during the 24th GCF Board meeting…

Read more …

AF-Adaptation Fund’s New E-Learning Course on Direct Access Designed to Help Countries and Stakeholders Unlock Climate Finance

Washington, D.C. (November 27, 2019) — The Adaptation Fund has enhanced its suite of knowledge products with the launch of an interactive new learning tool aimed at helping developing country organizations improve access to adaptation finance.

Read more …

CBFP News Archive


Adaptation Fund at COP25
BCC 2020 Save the Date!
Forest Watch October 2019
World Bamboo Day
China goes green again!
GEF Newsletter | June 2019
The Cafi Dialogues
Forest Watch April 2019
Forest Watch March 2019