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Newsletter 07/2020

On May 29, 2020, about thirty participants representing the members of the CBFP's Scientific and Academic College took part in a virtual meeting convened by the College's Leaders CIFOR and IRET. The agenda of the meeting focused on introducing the road map of the current CBFP Facilitation as well as the ongoing participative consultation process.

The Prime Minister, Head of Government, by Decree N°2020/3216 of 14 July 2020, authorised the gazetting of a 68,385 hectare portion of the State's Private Estate as a Forest Management Unit known as FMU 07 006. This decision puts a final stop to the debate on this issue which has generated a vast misinformation campaign.

On 04 June 2020, the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) organized a first meeting of the CBFP Donor College. The meeting was held virtually.

Berlin, 14 July 2020. Africa Nature Investors Foundation (ANI) joined the membership of the Congo Basin Forests Partnership (CBFP). As part of the accession process, Africa Nature Investors Foundation (ANI) submitted the required documents...

Libreville (Gabon), July 15, 2020 - Experts from member states of the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) are in virtual conclave since this morning to decide on the possibility of jumpstarting phase II of the Support PACEBCo from the ashes of PACEBco I.

The Framework Agreement signed Monday between these two partners has as main objective the sustainable management of the Congo Basin forest ecosystems.

Following the workshop on the prospects for implementing CEFDHAC reform, which took place in Douala from 21 to 22 May 2008 and following the Kigali CEFDHAC meeting, it became clear that there was a need to organize general assemblies for the youth, women...

 21July 2020, Rome - FAO launched today the most comprehensive forestry assessment to date in an innovative and easy-to-use digital format. Available for public viewing, the Global Forest Resources Assessment report (FRA 2020) and its first-ever online interactive dissemination platform...

...To defeat COVID-19 through greater solidarity and cooperation, and to highlight an even stronger China-Africa community with a shared future, we, Chinese and African leaders, convened an Extraordinary China-Africa Summit on Solidarity Against COVID-19 via video link on 17 June 2020.

WASHINGTON, D.C. JULY 8, 2020: In the most comprehensive report to date on the economic implications of protecting nature, over 100 economists and scientists find that the global economy would benefit from the establishment of far more protected areas on land and at sea than exist today.

In particular, most communities clear forests for agriculture and related subsistence activities – such as charcoal making and artisanal logging – to make a living. These are today among the top drivers of forest disturbance.

The COVID-19 pandemic is a powerful reminder of the inextricable link between humans, wildlife and the environment. Most epidemics of zoonoses have their origins in a breakdown in this relationship, resulting from unsustainable exploitation of nature (1).

During the High-Level Segment of the fourteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 14) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the Governments of China and Egypt, together with the Secretariat of the CBD, launched the Sharm El-Sheikh to Kunming Action Agenda for Nature and People.

In this excerpt from Nature's article titled, "The biodiversity leader who is fighting for nature amid a pandemic", Executive Secretary of the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity, Elizabeth Maruma Mrema, discusses the need for countries to build back better, given the  challenges presented by the coronavirus pandemic.

The National Coalition for the Fight Against Illegal Logging (CNCEIB) which recently established and formalized cooperation ties with the Industrial Timber Federation (FIB), published a press release on 13 May 2020, denouncing the presence of a thousand illegal timber logs docked at Kinkole ports during the COVID-19 pandemic.

To address urgent, complex and intertwined problems like climate change, deforestation and global inequality policymakers need to learn from various attempts to transform these “super wicked” challenges – and to put that learning into practice, fast.

Uganda has become the first African country to submit REDD+ results to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), paving the way to potential results-based payments.

The Cameroon government has sent out an appeal for national unity around biodiversity. Deforestation and poaching have not yet reached alarming levels in the country which harbors the Congo Basin’s second largest forest expanse. However, nature is being damaged due to natural or human causes.

The Bonn Challenge responds to the urgent issue of land degradation that currently affects over 3 billion people globally, and, by conservative estimates, close to 30% of arable land.

The Incubator Fund for Clean Cooking in DRC aims to support companies to access knowledge, technologies and finance that can help them become increasingly profitable, reliable, viable and capable of providing innovative solutions to reduce wood energy consumption and boost local socio-economic development in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Deadline for submission of your application: 31 July 2020 at 17:00 GMT+1 (Kinshasa, DRC time).

Sustainable palm oil seeks breakthrough in China – China Dialogue
Impacts of COVID-19 on wildlife and wildlife economies in Africa – Sowcalueducation
Adaptation Fund Board Accredits United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization as Fund’s 51st Implementing Entity- Adaptation-Fund
European Ombudsman: Commission must answer questions over failure to consider environmental, social impacts of South American trade deal - Fern

On 1 July, China’s newly amended forest law came into effect, marking the first revision of the law in over twenty years. The law comes with a number of significant improvements, aiming to better protect China’s forest resources, promote sustainable development and contribute to the national policy of...

SUMMARY Despite the Covid-19 pandemic and the national restrictions in place to protect health, significant progress has been made on many ongoing Park projects, including at the craft market, the restaurant at the base of the Park base, and on staff housing in Bomassa and Makao.

The draft scoping report for the transformative change assessment (thematic assessment of the underlying causes of biodiversity loss and the determinants of transformative change and options for achieving the 2050 vision for biodiversity) is open for external review: 3 July 2020 – 28 August 2020 (8 weeks).

The City of Montréal has developed six briefing sheets on an equal number of concrete biodiversity initiatives : ecosystems management in large parks, conservation of wildlife trees, renewed and improved wildlife observatories, urban wildlife passages, environmental action days and coexistence with coyotes.

The impact of pandemic control measures have hit West African timber producers across the region hard , coming as it has at a time when demand in the traditional markets, especially in Europe, were already under pressure from lower consumptions, changes to other materials and over production of some species.

This report takes a step back and considers the root causes of the emergence and spread of the novel coronavirus and other ‘zoonoses’ diseases that are transmitted between animals and humans.

The City of Montréal has developed six briefing sheets on an equal number of concrete biodiversity initiatives : ecosystems management in large parks, conservation of wildlife trees, renewed and improved wildlife observatories, urban wildlife passages, environmental action days and coexistence with coyotes.

The renewal of the development plans, is for tomorrow – ATIBT
30 Years - 1990-2020 Dzanga Sangha: Dzanga Sangha Protected Areas Newsletter June 2020
Reducing the risk of future emerging infectious disease outbreaks by changing social norms around urban bushmeat consumption and stopping its commercial trade – WCS
Links between ecological integrity, emerging infectious diseases originating from wildlife, and other aspects of human health - an overview of the literature – WCS
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A new Green Climate Fund (GCF) project to increase the resilience of marginalised communities in flood-prone areas of Bangladesh comes at a critical time. Project activities launched by GCF’s partner, the Palli Karma-Sahayak Foundation (PKSF), will strengthen the adaptation capacity of those most at risk, particularly female-led households, just as monsoon season threatens.

2020 is a critical year for raising NDC ambitions and was supposed to culminate at COP 26 this November. However, the Covid-19 pandemic is devastating human lives and economies worldwide and has also led to postponement of COP 26 to November 2021.

As part of the activities of the FLEGT REDD project, financed by the FFEM, ATIBT with the support of Form International updates and animates the website. The country fact sheets are currently being revised and translated and will be available in French...

The National Coalition to Combat Illegal Logging (CNCEIB), with which the Federation of Timber Industrialists (FIB) recently built and formalized collaboration, issued a press release on May 13, 2020 to decision-makers denouncing the 1,000 illegal logs at the ports of Kinkole during this period of COVID 19.

On Monday evening, top climate diplomats decided the intersessional meeting which happens every year between UN climate summits in Bonn, Germany, where UN Climate Change is headquartered, would not be able to take place on the proposed dates of 4-12 October.

The Executive Board of the Central African Forest Initiative (CAFI) approved a USD 1.2 million project aimed at assessing the recent drivers of deforestation and forest degradation in 6 countries of Central Africa.

SCALA responds to the urgent need for increased action to cope with climate change impacts in the agriculture and land use sectors. The twenty million euro programme will support at least twelve countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America to build adaptive capacity and to implement low emission priorities.

Soils as Keystone for Food Security and Ecosystem Restoration – IISD
IIDS Report - Innovating Climate Change Adaptation through Agroecology
Louise Baker is the new Managing Director of UNCCD Global Mechanism - UNCCD
The Board of Directors and the General Assembly of the ATIBT were held on 25 June – ATIBT

To conceptualize such a mitigation policy, we propose a two-step approach, combining the works of Schlosberg, Fraser, and Sen. We argue that, to start with, it is important to identify relevant forms of exclusion, and then, in turn, to identify opportunities for ‘parity of participation’ of women in the mitigation policy cycle.

Building on the UN Secretary-General’s report “Shared Responsibility, Global Solidarity,” the UNCCD secretariat has been recalibrating its 2020-2021 work programme to reflect the realities of the COVID-19 crisis, address the current needs and priorities of UNCCD Parties and continue to deliver on decisions taken at UNCCD COP14.

Rwanda became the first African country to submit its updated national climate plan under the Paris Agreement this month. The ambitious submission renews hope that 2020 can be “the Super Year for Climate Action.”  

The recently published Environmental and Social Standards (ESS) Guidance document and complementary Q&As outline the steps and safety measures needed to mitigate potential risks and impacts arising from COVID-19 in all FAO projects and programmes...

The Bank has delivered on its goals of reducing poverty and fostering inclusive growth on the continent. We scaled up development support for our 54 regional member countries and recorded remarkable successes in recent years in our renewed push to help deliver life-changing impact to livelihoods.

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Different types of processing for wood and hydraulic wood – ATIBT
EcorNaturaSí and the Mountain Partnership Secretariat to boost rural, mountain, forest and island communities’ livelihoods – FAO
OPINION: After COVID-19: Building back better for sustainable forests – FO
Transforming Food Systems for Affordable Healthy Diets –UN

Across the development and medical community, experts have acknowledged the disproportionate impact COVID-19 has had on women. Many in Africa work in agriculture and the informal sector, both industries facing massive stagnation from closed businesses and closed borders.

AFOLU CoP Relaunches, with Focus on Livestock Sector in Africa – africaledspartnership
CDM Adjusts to COVID-19 Challenges – unfccc
The “High 5s”: A strategic vision and results that are transforming Africa – AFDB
How Rwanda is spurring a generation of women in technology – AFDB

A high-level panel marked Desertification and Drought Day 2020 with a discussion focused on the Day’s theme, ‘Food. Feed. Fibre,” and the question, “Is it time for a new social contract for nature?” Ministers and agency heads offered recommendations for addressing vulnerabilities for land management that have been exposed by the COVID-19 pandemic and options for building back better.
In response to the economic stimulus packages launched in 2020, the campaign advocates for public spending that minimizes impacts on nature, accounts for climate risks, improves social cohesion, and stimulates green innovation.

The ‘Principles for Recovery’ provide a framework for decision making on infrastructure spending for post-COVID-19 recovery and stimulus packages. The Principles call for decisions on infrastructure spending for post-COVID-19 recovery to start with strategic planning...

UN Member States and officials are considering changes to the format of the UN General Debate for the 75th UN General Assembly session and the surrounding high-level meetings in September 2020.

Policy briefs from the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) explain how pre-pandemic progress on the SDGs may be reducing the impacts of COVID-19, and how forests can make a unique contribution to recovery.

This publication is a useful reference of GCF's portfolio, providing an overview of GCF's projects and programmes, geographic distribution, and breakdowns of GCF funding.

This policy brief, written jointly by the International Carbon Action Partnership and the Florence School of Regulation, presents multiple policy options to keep carbon prices in check and achieve zero emissions in time.

2020 Human Development Report to focus on meeting people’s aspirations in balance with the planet – UNDP

Report charts way to better inclusion of forest communities in Congo Basin land use planning processes – Rainforest Foundation UK
Conclusions from the FAO-EcoAgriculture Landscapes RoundTable: Insights on the African Landscapes Action Plan, Phase 3 – Ecoagriculture

This policy brief focuses on the topic of global emergence of infectious diseases and its links with consumption of wild meat, ecosystem disruption, habitat degradation and biodiversity loss.

Mark your calendars from 22-25 June 2020, 12:00-15:00 CET each day. The COVID-19 Forestry Webinar Week will feature a series of virtual sessions in the week in which COFO and the World Forest Week were originally scheduled.

Every single pandemic has a link to wildlife. They are all linked to human, anthropogenic, environmental changes. They emerge through the connections we make to nature. These will happen unless we change our relationship with nature.”

The overall scope of the assessment is to assess the status and trends with regard to biodiversity and ecosystem services, the impact of biodiversity and ecosystem services on human well-being and the effectiveness of responses, including the Strategic Plan and its Aichi Biodiversity Targets.

The co-chairs of the IPBES assessment of the sustainable use of wild species argue forcefully that sustainable use of biodiversity is vital to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.

Why is 2020 a ‘super year’ for biodiversity? This year, the 196 Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity will negotiate a new global framework to safeguard all life on Earth. And there’s more...

Scelerisque facilisis a Building social and ecological resilience in the Durban Port through solid waste reduction – IUCN
42nd Meeting of the Open-ended Working Group of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer (OEWG 42) - enb.iisd
Threats to coastal and marine ecosystems and the need for conservation at scale – IUCN
Threats to coastal and marine ecosystems and the need for conservation at scale – IUCN 

As countries continue to battle the far-reaching impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, the United Nations today called for the inclusion of sustainable forest-based actions in COVID-19 recovery programmes and policies.

UN Climate Change News, 5 June 2020 - To mark World Environment Day, a vast and unlikely alliance of investors, activists, cities and corporates is gathering virtually for the launch of Race to Zero, the global campaign to mobilise leadership and support for a healthy, resilient, zero carbon recovery which creates well-paying jobs, unlocks inclusive, sustainable growth and prevents future threats.

COVID-19 is a zoonotic disease, meaning that it jumps between animals and people, and is therefore closely connected to the lands both inhabit. Human and economic activity is eroding wild spaces, forests and other importan.

During the fifteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity will adopt a post-2020 global biodiversity framework as a stepping stone towards the 2050 Vision of “"Living in harmony with nature".

Nairobi, 8 June 2020 – Seagrass meadows can be a powerful nature-based climate solution and help sustain communities hard-hit by stressors such as the COVID-19 pandemic, but these important ecosystems continue to decline.

We are far from solving the Sahel problem – UNCCD

The High-level Political Forum (HLPF) concluded without adopting the expected ministerial declaration. Mona Juul, President of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), thanked the co-facilitators of the consultations on the ministerial declaration, saying that while an ambitious declaration was emerging...

The new coronavirus pandemic, hopefully leaving us, has brought much of the world to a halt, disrupting entire food systems and the global economy and putting tens of millions out of work. But this is not the only storm humanity is braving.

The African Development Bank has responded swiftly to the needs of its member countries during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The Bank’s operations have continued to run smoothly since the first cases appeared in early March...

Fifty-five people were kidnapped by alleged LRA members during a double incursion on 18 and 19 May in the localities of Bili and Baye, in Bondo territory (Bas-Uele).

ITTO: The report of the International Forum: Together Towards Global Green Supply Chains, held in Shanghai last October, is now online. About 350 actors in the tropical timber sector attended the forum, which ITTO co-organized...

Desertification and Drought Day, a United Nations observance day held on 17 June each year, will in 2020 focus on changing public attitudes to the leading driver of desertification and land degradation: humanity’s relentless production and consumption.

The ITTO Environmental and Social Management Guidelines draw on best practices globally to provide user-friendly guidance on enhancing environmental and social safeguards in ITTO projects.

Join the Paris Committee on Capacity-Building Network - unfccc
For people on the front lines of climate change and conflict, COVID-19 is a new challenge – Un Environment
Leaders Address Key Global Crises at UN Virtual Summit – unfccc
Delivering Climate Finance in 2020 and Beyond– unfccc
The Council of Ministers held its 9th Extraordinary Session by videoconference on 3 and 4 June 2020.

The report assesses entry points for action across existing global agendas and suggests concrete recommendations for how policymakers, development practitioners and donors can advance three inter-related goals: peace and security, climate action and gender equality.

The 2019 Human Development Report’s deep dive into the changing faces of inequality sharpened our thinking and action, including on social protection. With nine out of our ten largest programmes in fragile or crisis-affected countries and a new Crisis Bureau in place, our humanitarian and peacebuilding partnerships deepened.

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The Belgian Trade for Development Centre (TDC) has launched a call for proposals for African Micro, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (MSMEs) and producer organisations active in sustainable production and trade. Applications must be submitted by 10th September 2020.

Rainforest XPRIZET

The Rainforest XPRIZE will accelerate the innovation of autonomous technologies needed for biodiversity assessment and will enhance our understanding of rainforest ecosystems by using rapid data integration to provide new wisdom about the forest as well as inspire new investment and exploration. The Rainforest XPRIZE will reveal the true potential of the standing forest, accelerating the development of new, just, and sustainable bioeconomies.

CIB is inviting you to send your application for the job offer of manager resource planning in Republic of Congo. Within the Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability team, you will be responsible for the implementation of the Sustainable Forest Management systems. You will be heading a team of about seventy people of varied profiles.

IUCN is seeking a highly qualified Chief Rapporteur to oversee the reporting of the Forum segment of the IUCN Congress (8 – 11 January 2021), and to consolidate a summary report for delivery to the Members’ Assembly (12 – 15 January 2021). Proposals must be submitted by Friday 31 July 2020 at Midnight (12:00 AM) GMT +1. Proposals submitted after this deadline will not be considered.

New Fund to develop sustainable energy in the DRC – CAFI

The Incubator Fund for Clean Cooking in DRC aims to support companies to access knowledge, technologies and finance that can help them become increasingly profitable, reliable, viable and capable of providing innovative solutions to reduce wood energy consumption and boost local socio-economic development in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Deadline for submission of your application: 31 July 2020 at 17:00 GMT+1 (Kinshasa, DRC time).
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