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Newsletter 08/2019

Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, 12 June 2019:  A high-level Policy Dialogue was held between the members of the CBFP Regional College (Member states, COMIFAC and ECCAS) and the technical and financial partners of the CBFP Donors’ College. 

The Congo Basin Impact Program of $ 57.2 million represents approximately 11% of all impact programs approved at the GEF Governing Council... The four Impact Programs together account for $495.5 million – or over 57 per cent - of the work program...

Malabo (Equatorial Guinea) 13 June 2019 - Sixth CBFP Council Meeting.  The High-Level Policy Dialogue was chaired by His Excellency Mr. François-Xavier de Donnea, Minister of State, CBFP Facilitator of the Kingdom of Belgium. The meeting was graced by politicians, Ministers of Forests/Environment of Central African countries and senior representatives of ECCAS, COMIFAC, OCFSA and GVTC.

Experts representing countries engaged in REDD+ in Africa, meeting in Abidjan on 13 and 14 of August 2019, at the international workshop on the formulation of REDD+ project investments in Africa...

The workshop to determine the scope of socio-cultural evaluation of ecosystem services provided to indigenous people and local communities in BSB Yamoussa and TNS was held from 14 to 16 August 2019 in Douala, Republic of Cameroon. The purpose of the workshop was to take stock of he socio-cultural services the complex ecosystems of the BSB Yamoussa and TNS protected areas provide to their indigenous people and local communities.

With this second Community report we would like to update you on the progress of the action points identified at the Libreville Gabon meeting in June 2019 and general developments. If you have information, views or opinions that you want to share in this quarterly report please do not hesitate to send us your content.

This article takes stock of the current process of institutionalising forest certification in the Congo Basin and analyses current interactions between the FLEGT process and certification. The article highlights the limitations of the VPAs concluded between the Congo Basin countries and the EU, and proposes a new distribution of roles between public and private instruments, namely the FLEGT/EUTR combined apparatus and certifications, and a mechanism of financial incentives based on differentiated forest taxation to support certified companies and encourage new ones to follow suit.

Since we opened registration for the 2019 Business of Conservation Conference, the response has been overwhelming and spots are filling up very quickly! We hope you are as eager as we are to power Africa’s wildlife economy together. At BCC2019, we aspire to bring together doers who are actively driving benefit to both nature and people.  If you are such a doer, you may be wondering: “How can I actively participate in the event and tangibly build relationships?” There are 5 concrete ways you can do this…

On the fourth of June two thousand and nineteen, the Commission room of the National Assembly in Yaounde hosted a “Knowledge sharing workshop for Parliamentarians and experts on implementing a legal framework for access to genetic resources and the fair and equitable sharing of benefits arising from their use (ABS) in Cameroon).

This paper sought to examine how Agriculture, Forestry and Other Land Use (AFOLU) activities and their contributions are represented in the post 2020 climate change commitments of African countries and assess the necessary conditions for their successful implementation. Secondary data on Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) was collected from 52 African countries whereas primary data was obtained from Madagascar, Democratic Republic of Congo, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire and Burkina Faso.

Brazzaville, Republic of Congo, 04-06 June 2019. The 9th consultation workshop of the COMIFAC National Coordination Units took place at the Mikhael’s Hotel.The meeting’s overall objective was to strengthen the capacities and performance of the COMIFAC National Coordination Units in the discharge of their mission in line with national, regional and international agendas in the forestry and environmental sectors.

Submit your Expression of Interest to attend the Global Landscapes Forum NYC 2019 on 28 September in New York City. The United Nations has issued a massive global ‘call to action’ to mobilize the political and financial support necessary to restore the world’s deforested and degraded ecosystems over the coming decade to support the wellbeing of 3.2 billion people around the globe. More than 2 billion hectares – an area larger than the South American continent – stand to be restored.

Libreville, Gabon 13 June 2019_ the Environment enthusiast Lee White, a British-born Gabonese national, told the media at the close of the first Ministers’ Council that his appointment was a call for better governance and sustainable management of Gabon’s forests which are under threat.

On Sunday evening, 12 May 2019, the 49th session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC-49) adopted the Overview Chapter of the 2019 Refinement to the 2006 IPCC Guidelines for National Greenhouse Gas Inventories (2019 Refinement) and accepted the underlying report.

In only four years, GCF has allocated over USD 5 billion of the USD 7 billion received from contributors. As a result, its Board launched the first GCF replenishment in October 2018. In a competitive global landscape, the announcements of Germany and Norway that they will double their national currency contributions have given a head start to the replenishment, sending a strong signal for others to follow.

This document outlines TRAFFIC’s views and advice on some priority issues and proposals on the agenda for CITES CoP18. TRAFFIC believes that policy decisions and recommendation should be informed and guided by credible evidence and impartial analysis and, for many of the issues addressed in this document, we have highlighted recent TRAFFIC reports and other research that could assist Parties in their deliberations.

On Wednesday, June 12, 2019, 22 participants from 15 institutions attending the Congo Basin Forest Partnership (CBFP) Council Meeting and the High Level Dialogue in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, met to discuss a range of issues concerning Wildlife Conservation Capacity Development in Central Africa.  This side event was a follow-on to the November 2019 CBFP Capacity Development Roundtable Discussions in Brussels, Belgium. Participants included Central African and international government agencies, NGOs, private sector and donors. Please download the Document...

The black mamba is the most venomous snake in sub-Saharan Africa. One bite can kill a person in just a few hours. It is also the namesake of the all-female anti-poaching unit that operates in the 56,000-acre private Balule Nature Reserve at Kruger National Park in South Africa.

In only four years, GCF has allocated over USD 5 billion of the USD 7 billion received from contributors. As a result, its Board launched the first GCF replenishment in October 2018. An ambitious and successful replenishment will enable GCF to fulfil its role in channelling adequate and predictable climate finance to developing countries.

In recent years, conflict between herders and farmers for access to increasingly scarce natural resources in Africa’s Sudano-Sahel has escalated. While the problems fueling these tensions are both hyper-local and transnational in nature, one important piece of the puzzle has been overlooked. The real “elephant in the room” is who owns the livestock.

The fourteenth session of the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF14) held technical discussions on implementation of the UN Strategic Plan for Forests 2017-2030 (UNSPF), taking into account the review cycle of the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), and the theme of the 2019 International Day of Forests, “Forests and Education.” As outlined in the current format for the Forum’s two-year thematic cycles, 2019 was to comprise discussions on implementation and technical advice and 2020 will focus on policy dialogue, development, and decision-making.

New impact programs at heart of largest-ever proposed work program. Delegates are arriving in Washington DC for one of the most important Council meetings in the history of the Global Environment Facility (GEF). It is expected to mark a pioneering shift of emphasis for the organization that was established on the eve of the 1992 Rio Earth Summit to help tackle our planet’s most pressing environmental problems.

The United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030) (UN Decade) was established by the UN to provide a common framework for strengthening management of the world’s oceans for the benefit of humanity. The “informal” nature of the UN Open-ended Informal Consultative Process on Oceans and the Law of the Sea (ICP) fosters an open exchange among participants and, for 2019, offered a unique opportunity to provide vital input to planning of the UN Decade.

The Bonn Climate Change Conference was expected to advance work on several issues to facilitate implementation of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and its Paris Agreement, due for completion at the Santiago Climate Change Conference in December 2019.

To read : IPCC Special Report reflects urgency of better land management to combat climate change; From Ridge to Reef: learning from holistic best practice; Three steps to meeting the climate and nature emergency; New commitments to scaling up climate adaptation…

The Africa-China workshop will seek to facilitate a constructive science-policy dialogue between key stakeholders involved in the governance of Chinese forestry investments in Africa. Participants to the workshop will include scientists, policy-makers, local communities, private and non-state actors, and journalists.

The sixth session of the Global Platform on Disaster Risk Reduction (GP2019) took place at the International Conference Center Geneva (CICG), from 13-17 May 2019, and was organized by the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) and the Government of Switzerland on the theme of “Resilience Dividend: Towards Sustainable and Inclusive Societies.”

Mbankomo-Cameroon-03-05 July 2019_ The restricted technical workshop on developing COMIFAC’s knowledge management strategy was launched today at the Dajoli Hotel. It drew close to twenty participants including the Consultant responsible for developing COMIFAC’s knowledge management strategy, Experts from GIZ’s Regional Project to Support COMIFAC, the RIOFAC Project, the COMIFAC Executive Secretariat and the Cameroon CNC representative.

The four-year (2015 to 2018) research effort took an interdisciplinary approach, taking into account not only general benefits -tree cover and carbon stocks-but also economic factors such as opportunity costs of land affected by agricultural production.

Three capacity building and awareness workshops were conducted for the law enforcement officials by the African Union, ENACT, LATF and COMIFAC in Brazzaville from 28 July to 02 August 2019…

Fiction this is not. This is Morocco’s Noor Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) Plant, the largest solar complex of its kind in the world. Located in the southern city of Ouarzazate, the more-than-6,000-acre facility is a stunning display of Morocco’s renewable energy ambitions.

Newsletter of the Central African Forests Commission August 2019

Three capacity building and awareness workshops were conducted for the law enforcement officials by the African Union, ENACT, LATF and COMIFAC in Brazzaville from 28 July to 02 August 2019…

The four-year (2015 to 2018) research effort took an interdisciplinary approach, taking into account not only general benefits -tree cover and carbon stocks-but also economic factors such as opportunity costs of land affected by agricultural production.

To Read: Global Commons Alliance to help tackle threats to health of the planet;  GEF CEO Statement on the IPBES Global Assessment Report; President of Peru joins call for sustainable production of agricultural commodities...

On Friday, participants to the Trondheim Conference on Biodiversity heard presentations on communication, outreach, and the role of stakeholders with regard to the post-2020 global biodiversity framework, as well as on key cross-cutting issues, including capacity building, resource mobilization, and research needs.

CBFP Wildlife Conservation Capacity Development Working Group - Opportunities and Resources- May/June 2019 : Upcoming Opportunities and Training Resources...

On August 12, 2012, the inaugural World Elephant Day was launched to bring attention to the urgent plight of Asian and African elephants. The elephant is loved, revered and respected by people and cultures around the world, yet we balance on the brink of seeing the last of this magnificent creature.

The Board allocated USD 266.9 million in GCF resources for climate action in developing countries. With co-financing the projects will channel over USD 1,451.6 million for low-emission, climate-resilient development. GCF now has a portfolio of over USD 5.23 billion with 111 projects in 99 developing countries.

Join leaders and policy makers from across Africa, scientists, representatives from corporate and finance sectors, indigenous communities, youth and women’s groups, global media, and tens of thousands around the world participating in the GLF Digital Edition. WHEN: October 29 - 30, 2019. WHERE: AICC, Accra.

The Biodiversity and Protected Areas Management Programme (BIOPAMA) has launched the first call for proposals under the “Action component”, concerning medium grants in order to transform knowledge into actions. Applications can be submitted in English or French by 21 September 2019 at 23:59 (Brussels date and time), via the online application portal.

---So says a new report from the World Resources Institute (WRI), which recommends wide-ranging changes. Among them, reducing deforestation and restoring abandoned and unproductive land.

The Working Group also agreed on a package of measures, also known as the growth plan, which simultaneously adopts the revised Standard Material Transfer Agreement (SMTA) and the amendment of Annex I. Negotiations continued on the draft revised SMTA. Consensus was reached on several provisions, with genetic sequence data (also addressed as digital sequence information) and rates for benefit-sharing payments remaining as the main outstanding issues.

Governments have approved programmes and projects worth almost $1 billion to tackle growing threats to the natural world - and to help some of the Earth's most vulnerable people adapt to climate change - at two consecutive Global Environment Facility (GEF) meetings in Washington DC this week

Inputs had been received on the 10 thematic chapters that had been selected for the second edition of the State of Protected Areas, and the meeting aimed to review the inputs against guidelines that had been given to the authors.

Civil society, academics, donors, governments of the Central African region and development partners strategize and coordinate activities for Central African rainforests at events hosted by GIZ and BMZ...

This publication, which was written by a team of experts, distils that information in a clear, concise guide aimed at helping forest-health practitioners and forest managers – especially in developing countries – to implement successful classical biological control programmes. It provides general theory and practical guidelines, explains the “why” and “how” of classical biological control in forestry, and addresses the potential risks associated with such programmes. It features 11 case studies of successful efforts worldwide to implement classical biological control.

REN21 is an international policy network of experts from governments, inter-governmental organisations, industry associations, NGOs, and science and academia. It grows from year to year and represents an increasing diversity of sectors. REN21 provides a platform for this wide-ranging community to exchange information and ideas, to learn from each other and to collectively build the renewable energy future. This network enables the REN21 Secretariat to, among other activities, produce its annual flagship publication, the Renewables Global Status Report (GSR), making the report process a truly collaborative effort.

REDD+ is vital for global efforts to combat climate change. The Paris Agreement, adopted in 2015 and entering into force in 2020, treats forests as an integral part of the climate solution, and highlights REDD+ as key intervention to achieve the new ambitious global target.

The 56th meeting of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council adopted the largest-ever Work Program for the GEF Trust Fund, totaling USD 865.9 million and comprising 31 projects, seven programs, and three multi-trust fund projects. The Work Program features four Impact Programs (IPs), designed to deliver transformational change, covering: food systems, land use, and restoration (FOLUR); Amazon forests; Congo Basin forests; and dryland landscapes.

(CNN)Fires are raging at a record rate in Brazil's Amazon rainforest, and scientists warn that it could strike a devastating blow to the fight against climate change...The European Union's satellite program, Copernicus, released a map showing smoke from the fires spreading all along Brazil to the east Atlantic coast. The smoke has covered nearly half of the country and is even spilling over into neighboring Peru, Bolivia and Paraguay.

A consultation workshop was held on 15 and 16 July 2019 in Brazzaville, Republic of the Congo, on the implementation of pilot initiatives of the Sangha ri-National (TNS) to support of the Regional GIZ COMIFAC Support Project for Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities (PACL) in Central Africa.

Abidjan-Marcory, 16 - 17 May 2019. A sub-regional workshop brought together five Central and West African countries namely: Ghana, Cameroon, Gabon, Liberia and Côte d’Ivoire, the host country.

Douala, Cameroon, 07 - 11 May 2019 A workshop to present the pilot support initiatives of the regional GIZ project to support COMIFAC and Indigenous People and Local Communities (IPLC) and the 4th REPALEAC general assembly (network of Central African indigenous and local communities) took place at the Sawa Hotel.

Kigali-Rwanda, 27-28 June 2019- The Chez Lando hotel hosted the “Sub-regional evaluation workshop on the implementation of the AFRICA_TWIX platform (Africa Trade in Wildlife Information eXchange) in the COMIFAC region. Organized by the Central African Forest Commission (COMIFAC) with the technical and financial assistance of TRAFFIC, the workshop was chaired by the COMIFAC Executive Secretary, Mr. Raymond NDOMBA NGOYE.

Congolaise Industriel du Bois (CIB) will receive its FSC® Forest Management follow-up audit of its 4 concessions in the Sangha Department in order to maintain its certificates (4 FM/COC) according to the Forest Management requirements of the Forest Stewardship Council®. It is planned to carry out the evaluation audit on September 9 to 23, 2019.

The EU has opened the door to regulating supply chains to minimise the risk of deforestation associated with commodity imports to the EU. Fern welcomes this long-awaited move with cautious optimism and looks forward to working with the next European Commission on developing such a regulation, provided it pays equal attention to human rights. Fern believes actions, not words, will determine whether the EU is serious about tackling the impact it has on forests, and the millions of people that directly depend on them.

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GIZ- COMIFAC: Call for internal and external applications for the recruitment of a Technical Advisor to support RIFFEAC
The COMIFAC Support Programme of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ/COMIFAC) is seeking a Technical Adviser to support RIFFEAC. Application deadline 28 August 2019

The Technical Advisor on Biodiversity will be responsible for: Implementing biodiversity-related pilot initiatives: In this regard, he/she will carry out the following duties: Pilot initiative 1: Help harness local and indigenous knowledge, innovations, practices in managing the PNL, TNS and BSB Yamoussa protected areas....

The Technical Advisor on Forest Governance will be responsible for: Implementing forest governance pilot initiatives; Supporting the development, validation and implementation of a mechanism for experience sharing among IPLCs on community and communal forest management...

The Programme to support COMIFAC of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ/COMIFAC) is seeking a Technical Adviser to implement the ABS regulatory and institutional framework and conduct the following activities in accordance with the highest quality standards...

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The Nordic Climate Facility (NCF) offers grants between EUR 250,000 and 500,000 for innovative climate change projects in 21 developing countries. This year’s call for proposals is open until 5 September 2019. Send us your best project idea!

The Biodiversity and Protected Areas Management Programme (BIOPAMA) has launched the first call for proposals under the “Action component”, concerning medium grants in order to transform knowledge into actions. Applications can be submitted in English or French by 21 September 2019 at 23:59 (Brussels date and time), via the online application portal.

We are looking for a dynamic and committed for the position of Head of Conservation who will ensure that WWF DRC’s vision is implemented by attaining its conservation objectives. Closing date  15 September, 2019.

For our country programme office in Cameroon, we are looking for a dynamic and committed People & Culture Manager who will ensure WWF Cameroon applies the highest standards in the area of people & culture (P&C) management and fosters a culture based on network citizenship and the 4 ways of working in order to support the achievement of the conservation goals and objectives as laid in the Strategic Plan, in compliance with WWF People & Culture policies and standards. Closing date 31 August, 2019.

WWF Gabon is seeking to recruit an international consultant to analyse of the consistency between the legal standards of Gabon, China and the European Union on sustainable forest management. Applicants should submit their proposals no later than 26 August 2019.

The objective of this consultancy is to carry out an analytical study on bribery and corruption in the environmental sector of Cameroon. The consultant is expected to demonstrate competence and experience with policy, institutional and methodological considerations that govern anti-corruption works that can be used to combat corruption in natural resource management in Cameroon.

WWF CCPO seeks to recruit an English to French translator in the framework of the Central Africa Wildlife Crime Programme.All applications should be sent to and subject should read “Translation of RSGR” not later than 20th May 2019.

To conduct a Training Needs Assessment that will serve as the foundation for a capacity building program that focuses on strengthening the skills, professionalism, and abilities of middle management across all departments in Garamba National Park, Haut-Uele, Democratic Republic of Congo.
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