For the first time, tropical forest countries gather in the Congo Basin
The main summit outcomes are among others: The Report on the state of forests in 3 basins, the Joint Declaration adopted by Heads of States and the Consensus on the signing of a cooperation agreement during Rio+20 Conference scheduled to hold in Brazil in 2012.
The Summit of the 3 tropical forest basins was organized from 29 May to 3 June 2011 in Brazzaville, Congo. The overall objective of the summit was to enable the establishment of south-south cooperation, on the one hand, and North-South, on the other hand, for a sustainable management of forest ecosystems in the Congo, Amazonia and Borné basins, for a greater contribution to the regulation and the stabilization of global climate, poverty eradication and the economic development of the concerned countries. They specifically include:
♦ To enquire about the current state of forest resources in these basins;
♦ To enable the signing of cooperation agreement between basins as a formal platform for consultation and exchange on forest and climate matters
♦ To adopt a joint declaration on tropical forests, climate and sustainable development, in the framework of negotiations for the future climate agreement in Durban, South Africa, and preparations for the Rio+20 Summit, in Brazil.
The summit was attended by over 500 participants including heads of States (Equatorial Guinea, British Guiana, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, The Republic of Congo, Sao Tome & Principe), vice-presidents (Angola, Tanzania), Prime ministers (Cameroon, Rwanda, Chad), Heads of delegations (Argentina, South Africa, Brazil, Burundi, Canada, China, Spain, France, Gambia, Indonesia, Japan, Mali, UN, Russia, Senegal, Sri Lanka, Venezuela; other organizations and institutions: ACTO, AFD, ASEAN, ADB, CEEAC, CEFDHAC, CEMAC, CICOS, CIFOR, CIRAD, FAO, GEF, GIZ, NEPAD, OIBT, UNDP, PNUE, UNESCO, UICN, African Union, WCS, WWF, WRI, GLOBE and conventions secretariats: CBD, RAMSAR
Three points were on the agenda of the summit of the three Tropical Forest Basins:
♦ Expert meeting (29 May to 1st June 2011);
♦ Ministers conference (2 June 2011), and
♦ Heads of States and of Governments (3 June 2011).
Three (3) main items immerged from the three-Forest-Basin Summit, namely: (i) the report on the state of forests in the three basins, (ii) the Joint Declaration adopted by Heads of States, and (iii) the consensus on the signing of a cooperation agreement during Rio+20 Conference scheduled to hold in Brazil in 2012.
Several parallel events were also organized alongside this important event.
The Situation Of Forests In the Amazonian, Congo And South-East Asia Basins: The three tropical forest basins heads of states gather in Brazzaville from 29 May to 3 June in order to establish new ways of strengthening technical cooperation in forestry. The “Three Tropical Forest Basins Summit” will gather governments and partners who care for these crucial matters in order to improve on the management and the conservation of important forest resources found in the Amazonian Basin, the Congo Basin and in South-East Asia.
FAO and OIBT stresses that the potential value of various goods and services provided by tropical rainforests is much greater than the benefits likely to be derived from almost any other land use. “Following studies carried out recently, for example, the value of services rendered by tropical forests (such as carbon sequestration, biodiversity conservation and soil and water protection) may reach many thousands of dollars per hectare”, said Eduardo Rojas-Briales, Sub-Director General of FAO Forest Department and Emmanuel Ze Meka, OIBT Executive Director, in a recent report launched at the Summit. The situation of forests in the Amazonian Basin, the Congo Basin and in South-East Asia highlights trends in forest resources. To learn more on the Summit (http://www.fao.org/forestry/fr/)
SUMMARY OF PARALLEL MEETINGS