Summary of Proceedings IFIA Workshop for Dialogue

The "Workshop for Dialogue between Economic Operators in the Forestry Sector", organised on May 22 2008 in Libreville (Gabon) by the IFIA (under the auspice of the Commission for Central African Forests COMIFAC and with the support of the German Facilitation to the Congo Basin Forest Partnership) has known great success.

Participants dearly appreciated the initiative and welcomed the strong feedback from private companies, national and international NGOs and development partners operating in the sub-region. All these actors' presence was generally considered as a strong indicator proving that the meeting responded to a real need for dialogue sensed by all of the partners.

For further details on debates and viewpoints, please feel free to download the summary of the proceedings and the presentations (original titles).

Dialogue between IFIA and Asian operators in the Congo Basin Forestry Sector

"Evolution récente de la gouvernance pour la gestion durable des ecosystèmes forestiers dans le Bassin du Congo" -Christophe BESACIER, Regional forest advisor, French Embassy, Libreville.

"L' initative FLEGT" - Alain PENELON, Regional consultant FLEGT/COMIFAC

"Guide on Sustainable Overseas Silviculture by Chinese Enterprises" - Dr. Liu DAOPING, Departement of Afforestation, Chinese State Forestry Administration

"IFIA Interafrican Forest Industries Association" - Hervé Bourgignon

OLAM Gabon SARL - Corporate Presentation

SINOPEC - Présentation des pratiques de protection de l'environnement de SINOPEC Overseas Oil & Gas Ltd SIPC

"The Central Africa Forest and Trade Network (CAFTN/Réseau Forêts et Commerce d'Afrique Centrale: une initiative du WWF" - Nathalie NYARE, Forest Officer WWF Gabon

"European Timber Trade Action Plan TTAP" - Germain YENE YENE, TTAP Project Officer

Photo: Workshop participants

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