Subject: CBFP Flash News 04/2020

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Newsletter 04/2020

Dear Partner, I sincerely hope that by the time you receive this News Flash, you and your loved ones are doing well in this difficult time of Covid-19 Pandemic.  This global crisis affecting our countries, our communities, our families is also having an impact on all CBFP partners in their interventions.

Dr. Christian Ruck is an accomplished, high-level politician with proven expertise and a keen interest in nature conservation and forest management in the Congo Basin and beyond. He has worked both in Germany and internationally, representing his country in numerous international fora and has accepted several important mandates...

The Facilitation´s overarching objective for 2020 and 2021 is to contribute to the preservation and sustainable use of Central Africa´s incredibly rich forest landscapes. Safeguarding their threatened integrity is crucial for the sustainable development of states and populations in the Basin as well as for the fight against global challenges like a declining biodiversity or a changing climate. ... Available for download German Facilitation Road Map which is supported by COMIFAC President in Office Minister Jules Doret Ndongo: The Roadmap of the CBFP Facilitation of the Federal Republic of Germany

The Federal Republic of Germany agreed to take over the CBFP Facilitation for the period 2020-2021. Dr. Christian Ruck, has been appointed by the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany to assume the function of CBFP Facilitator for the next two years.

This research shows that relying on tropical forests is unlikely to be enough to offset large-scale emissions. “There is a lot of talk about offsetting, but the reality is that every country and every sector needs to reach zero emissions, with any small amount of residual emissions needing to be removed from the atmosphere,” said Lewis.

While the three countries concerned by the study, Cameroon, Congo and Gabon, have fairly comparable forest areas, forest taxation generates very different levels of revenue. In countries that still have significant volumes of log exports, the majority of revenues are derived from this raw timber export stream.

A translation of the new forestry law of the People's Republic of China that would come into force in July 2020. The translation was made possible thanks to the support of the "Forest Policy Facility China" project with the help of the Forest Administration (NFGA) in Beijing.  More about the National Forestry and Grassland Administration (NFGA)

As part of the implementation of the FLEGT-REDD CERTIFICATION projects set up by the ATIBT and financed by the European Union, the FFEM and the KfW, the Federation of Timber Industrialists, in abbreviation FIB, conducted a study on the state of play of the actors of the forest and wood sector in the DRC.

 As a result of climate change and deforestation, tropical forests are becoming less and less efficient carbon sinks… Tropical forests losing their ability to absorb carbon, study finds… The Congo rainforest is losing ability to absorb carbon dioxide. That’s bad for climate change….

 The 10 million Euros Financial Assistance and Project Implementation Contract was signed on 11 December 2019 between the Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau (KfW), the Central African Forest Commission and the Fondation Tri-National de la Sangha (FTNS).

NATURE: C02 absorption in the tropical forests of Congo Basin compared to Amazonia

To read: Indonesia cites pandemic to set aside its commitments to FLEGT.. Forest related policy initiatives: How Covid-19 will affect them.. US: Using legislation to address human rights abuses and deforestation…

To read: Gabon-new partnership deals to support high ambitions… FSC & AITBT find common ground in marketing committee… join linkedin group about sustainable tropical timber… your african cases needs to be shown… fsc goes to carrefour du bois 2020…

SUMMARY: Unveiling of the TNS World Heritage of Humanity monument, carried out by UNESCO with the support of WCS and thanks to funding from the European Union...A final evaluation mission took place in the TNS as part of the EU-funded CAWFHI project to strengthen the protection of the outstanding biodiversity of the region through the implementation of the World Heritage Convention.

This important message is to advise you that, effective April 2020, ALL applicants wishing to apply for Financial Assistance (i.e. grants or cooperative agreements) will be required to use Grants.Gov.

From a postcolonial ecocritical standpoint, this essay analyzes the play Le Cri de la forêt (2015) co-authored by Henri Djombo, a cabinet minister from Congo-Brazzaville, and Osée Colin Koagne, a stage director and environmental activist from Francophone Cameroon. Mindful of the rich biodiversity of the Congo Basin where the playwrights originate, the essay interrogates why the forest in the play is screaming and moves on to engage with related ecological questions such as the scapegoating of witchcraft and doubtful traditional beliefs amidst climate change.
IUCN Congress postponed to 7 - 15 January 2021
CIB-Olam is 100% FSC Certified
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Nouabalé-Ndoki National Park Monthly update February 2020

The Open-Ended Working Group on the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework has been tasked with advancing preparations for the development of the post-2020 global biodiversity framework. It is expected that this process will culminate in the adoption of a post-2020 global biodiversity framework by the Conference of the Parties to the CBD, at the UN Biodiversity Conference in 2020 in Kunming, China as a stepping stone towards achieving the 2050 Vision of “Living in harmony with nature".

The Kingdom of Belgium Facilitation of the Congo Basin Forest Partnership (CBFP), in close collaboration with the Central African Forest Commission (COMIFAC) and the Government of the Republic of Cameroon, hosted from 16 to 17 December 2019 in Douala, Cameroon, the Experts’ Meeting for the follow up of the International conference on Security, Poaching, Transhumance Management and the Movements of Armed Groups between the Sahel and Equatorial Africa.

Kigali, Rwanda, February 12-14, 2020- The workshop for the finalization of the Guide of Good Practices for the Management of Laboratories on Genetic Resources in COMIFAC Countries took place at Kim Hotel.

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic and after careful consideration, the European Commission’s Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development has decided to postpone the 14th edition of the European Development Days.

Drilling in one of the greatest carbon sinks on the planet could release greenhouse gases equivalent to Japan’s annual emissions, experts warn. The world’s largest tropical peatlands could be destroyed if plans go ahead to drill for oil under the Congo basin, according to an investigation that suggests draining the area would release the same amount of carbon dioxide as Japan emits annually.

COVID-19 crisis tells world what Indigenous Peoples have been saying for thousands of years - nationalobserver
A sustainable global economy must arise once COVID-19 pandemic is reversed, UN chief tells G-20 summit - UN
Join us in the fight against COVID-19! - INTERHOLCO
China’s Belt and Road Initiative could pose increased risk to endangered wildlife, EIA warns UK MPs - EIA

Last week, at the Virtual Skoll World Forum event, EcoAgriculture Partners and Tech Matters presented a session introducing '1000 Landscapes for 1 Billion People'. We were delighted to have hundreds of participants from over 24 countries and it is thanks to you that this session became a fruitful 90 minutes of exploration, discussion and impactful engagement. 

The study points out also that currently the sequestration is bigger in Central Africa than in Amazonia. It stressed that in Central Africa, the sequestration capacity is going down. The study predicts that by 2030, the African jungle will absorb 14 percent less carbon dioxide than it did 10 to 15 years ago. That's bad for climate change. Showing that the situation is urgent in Central Africa and call for action to save the Congo Basin rainforests.

In light of recent developments in France linked to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), IUCN and the Government of France are in close discussion about the impacts on the IUCN World Conservation Congress 2020. Together, we are carefully considering any decisions that might need to be taken.​​​​

Outcomes Statement - Restricted meeting of the Food Crisis Prevention Network (FCPN) - 2 April 2020 Members of the Food Crisis Prevention Network (FCPN) call for immediate action to help the 17 million people affected by food and nutrition crisis and the 50 million people currently under pressure and who are likely to tilt into crisis by June - August 2020. There is an urgent need to harness energies to support countries in the implementation of their national response plans.

The twenty-fourth meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA-24) will now be held 25 to 30 August 2020; and the third meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Implementation (SBI-3) will take place 1 to 6 September 2020. Both meetings will be held in Ottawa, Canada.

CAFI-Central African Forests : 5 Key Takeaways from the UN Secretary General Climate Action Summit

Kinshasa, 5 December : Under the presidency of the Minister of Finance and with the participation of his counterparts for the Environment, Land use planning, Land tenure, Agriculture and Energy, of the Norwegian and French Ambassadors and Congolese civil society, today the DRC National REDD+ Fund Steering Committee approved the “Programme for the Sustainable Management of Forests" (often referred to by its French acronym, PGDF).

The overarching objective of this study is to identify laws and policies on deforestation, child labour, force labour and smallholder inclusion in Cameroon, and analyze how these policies support the private sector to align with the sustainable production of timber, palm oil, cocoa and rubber. This review clearly demonstrates that both government and private sector can achieve targets of curbing deforestation and ensuring effective respect of human rights along the supply chains of the selected commodities.

CAFI’s latest meeting in Geneva marked by enhanced South-South learning. In a new and much appreciated effort to foster South South exchanges and learning, the 14th CAFI Executive Board meeting was the first time that country-dedicated sessions were open to other countries. The Governments of Gabon, Republic of Congo, DRC, Central African Republic and Equatorial Guinea joined in.

Structurally intact tropical forests sequestered about half of the global terrestrial carbon uptake over the 1990s and early 2000s, removing about 15 per cent of anthropogenic carbon dioxide emissions. Climate-driven vegetation models typically predict that this tropical forest ‘carbon sink’ will continue for decades. Here we assess trends in the carbon sink using 244 structurally intact African tropical forests spanning 11 countries, compare them with 321 published plots from Amazonia and investigate the underlying drivers of the trends.

The European Commission’s Green Deal can help solving the international climate and biodiversity emergencies by shaping stronger and more sustainable partnerships with tropical forested countries. But this will only succeed, if it reconciles environmental sustainability, climate resilience and inclusive development.  

The 16 March 2020 article on the COMMODAFRICA website shows that log imports into China have decreased and that sawn timber imports into the European Union are increasing for the second consecutive year.

How an oil project linked to the Republic of Congo’s corrupt rulers was obtained by one of Africa’s richest men in questionable circumstances — imperilling climate-critical peatland forests. This report is based on a joint investigation by Global Witness, Der Spiegel and Mediapart, in conjunction with the European Investigative Collaborations (EIC) media network.

This briefing note from Coordination SUD and Fern analyses the issues we need to address to ensure forests help deliver tropical forested countries’ Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs). This includes respect for communities’ rights and preserving their livelihoods, protecting and restoring biodiversity, and improved forest governance. Tackling these challenges will require effective civil society participation.

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For our Country Programme Office in Cameroon, we are looking for a dynamic and committed Senior Field Programmes Coordinator who will promote and ensure the highest standards of conservation delivery at field level in line with WWF- Cameroon Conservation Strategy and the WWF Practices’ priorities. Deadline for applications: Wednesday, 8thApril 2020

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