Subject: CBFP Flash News 05/2021

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Newsletter 05/2021

The announcement was made by the Federal Government of Germany due to the COVID-19 pandemic which has caused delays in the implementation of the Federal Republic of Germany’s CBFP Facilitation roadmap.

On 13 April 2021, The Federal Republic of Germany Facilitator of the Congo Basin Forest Partnership (CBFP), Honorable Dr. Christian Ruck, and several international and regional NGOs, including Centre for International Development and Training, Fern, Foder and World Resources Institutes, met virtually to discuss the threats facing forests in Central Africa.

As replacements for outgoing statutory executives, the Extraordinary Council of COMIFAC Ministers have tapped the following as the new statutory executives: Executive Secretary: Mr. Hervé Martial MAIDOU from the Central African Republic; Deputy Executive Secretary-Technical Coordinator: Mr. Chouaibou NCHOUTPOUEN from the Republic of Cameroon; Administrative and Financial Director: Mr. François DAYANG from the Republic of Chad.

The Congo Basin’s forests and peatlands are a major component of Earth’s life-support systems, and it is a key supplier of vital minerals needed to build a low carbon economy. The case for the people of the Congo to benefit from not exploiting these resources is irrefutable.

"The Congo Basin, thanks to its forests and peat bogs, is the second lung of the world. Since the deforestation of the Amazon, the world can count on our equatorial forests to fill the lack of oxygen on the planet. And that oxygen is African." Excerpt from the inaugural speech of the President of the Republic, Head of State of the Republic of Congo, at the swearing-in ceremony....

The first edition of the Steering Committee of the Regional Support Program for biodiversity and weakened ecosystems in Central Africa launched its proceedings on Tuesday, 4 May 2021 in Douala, Cameroon. Experts in the sub-region will spend three days, starting Tuesday, 4 May 2021, taking stock of progress and identifying prospects for the future.

An international study coordinated by researchers from IRD and CIRAD reveals the composition of the tropical forests of Central Africa and their vulnerability to the increased pressure from climate change and human activity expected in the coming decades.

The Timber Trade Portal (TTP) is an answer to the numerous questions timber traders have when it comes to legal timber trade, due diligence, country requirements and export. It serves as a central information point, with country profiles on both timber industry and legislation of producer countries, mainly located in tropical Africa, Asia and Latin America.

WWF will help the Divisional Directorate for the Promotion of Indigenous Peoples of the Sangha build campaigns to popularize Law No. 5-2011 of 25 February 2011 and related legislation on promoting and protecting the rights of indigenous populations.

The report makes 22 recommendations for governments and stakeholders. For example, it recommends that governments link fiscal incentives to independent third-party certification. One approach explored is a “bonus–malus” mechanism in which a lower tax rate for certified operations (the “bonus”) is funded, at least partly, by the increased rate for uncertified products (the “malus”).

This statement summarises the views of civil society organisations (CSOs) from Asia and the Pacific, the Americas, Europe, and West and Central Africa. These organisations help address the key challenges threatening forests around the world, including the ongoing trade in illegal timber and commodity-driven deforestation, by proposing lasting solutions that work for people and the planet. If the EU follows these recommendations, it will help to strengthen forest governance, and protect and restore forests globally...

The commitment of the EU and Germany (through KfW and GIZ) to Cameroon requires the implementation of the most effective instruments. The 2nd generation Forest Information Management System (SIGIF2), developed in Cameroon since 2015, should have been a crucial step in the implementation of the Voluntary Partnership Agreement on Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (VPA FLEGT), an international agreement signed 11 years ago between the EU and Cameroon, on the instruction of the Head of State, and ratified by the European and Cameroonian parliaments.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) is pleased to announce its 2021 African Elephant Conservation Fund Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO). The proposal submission deadline is 11:59 PM ET, June 25, 2021.

Today, President Biden invited 40 world leaders to the Leaders’ Summit on Climate he will host on April 22 and 23.  The virtual Leaders’ Summit will be live streamed for public viewing.

UN Global Compact Bulletin: Introducing Climate Ambition Accelerator
Press release: Information and Advocacy Workshop for Parliamentarians and Political Decision Makers of Cameroon
PRESS RELEASE: First video-image of the rare Bouvier red colobus
A WWF study points out the responsibility of the European Union in the degradation of tropical forests

Read : Central African forests vulnerable to global change; A WWF study points out the responsibility of the European Union in the degradation of tropical forests; A new statutory team for COMIFAC…

For Fern’s civil society partners in several tropical forest countries, most of the past decade’s improvements in forest governance have been wrested from a reluctant timber sector by the pioneering Forest Law Enforcement and Governance and Trade Voluntary Partnership Agreement (FLEGT-VPA) programme. FLEGT’s insistence on transparency and on prising open decision-making processes previously off limits to civil society organisations (CSOs) has catalysed change, making possible whatever measure of accountability now exists.

As part of the ECOFAC 6 capitalization program, and in order to help improve the sharing of information between researchers, policy makers and protected area managers in central Africa, we propose that you answer a questionnaire on the usefulness of research for conservation.

The EU is the world’s largest aid donor and a major political actor with a strong influence over global policies. The EU recognises civil society as an essential actor in policy making and implementation, specifically in the development sector.

Dzanga Sangha Protected Areas, March newsletter 

From indirect to direct incentives: the two times of forest-related taxation
Creation and composition of an Ad'hoc Committee responsible for managing the transitional period at the Executive Secretariat of COMIFAC

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Job offers

Within the frame of the ECOPRONAT research program (Encouraging the Development of a Pro-Nature Economy), AFD is launching a call for expressions of interest (AMI) for research on the "Mainstreaming biodiversity in economic sectors". This Call for Expressions of Interest is the first phase of the selection process. The aim: Funding one or two research projects which will start in the fourth quarter of 2021. The call is open until May 28, 2021.
The CARN ASPIRE Grant Program provides competitive research grants of up to $5,000 USD for African graduate students and early career professionals working in the areas of biodiversity, conservation and environmental sustainability in the Congo Basin region. Deadline for Applications is July 15, 2021.

The U.S. Forest Service (USFS) may seek the services of a Program Monitoring, Evaluation and Finance Specialist to oversee the implementation of monitoring, evaluation, and learning (MEL) activities and financial advisory support for U.S. government (USG)-funded programs taking place in Cameroon, Gabon, Central African Republic, Republic of Congo and Democratic Republic of Congo. Interested candidates should send a resume and letter of interest to METI with the subject line Program Monitoring, Evaluation and Finance Specialist by May 14th, 2021.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) is pleased to announce its 2021 African Elephant Conservation Fund Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO). The proposal submission deadline is 11:59 PM ET, June 25, 2021.


The appointment will be made on a regular term contract for a period of three (3) years, of which the first twelve months shall be considered as a probationary period. Thereafter, the contract will be for a period of two years renewable, subject to satisfactory performance and deliverables.


Cameroon National Interpretation Public Consultation 19 April 2021 - 18 June 2021. Please submit your observation by sending the attached form to the Technical Secretariat of the National Interpretation of the RSPO standard for Cameroon, latest by June 14, 2021.
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