GEF: Central Africa mobilizes at 53rd Council of Global Environment Facility (GEF)



Zooming in on Central Africa - on the USD 500 million work program approved by the GEF Council focused on least developed countries and small island developing States: USD 16.8 million for the DRC, USD 3 million for Cameroon and 43.5 for multi-country projects including USD13.5 million (Mali, Niger, Chad) and USD 20 million (Benin, Sao Tome and Principe, Togo)



Of the 83 projects approved by the GEF Council, 8 projects include Central Africa. In Central Africa only two countries have country projects: DRC and Cameroon.



This outcome requires all the Congo Basin countries to step up their efforts to gain increased access to international financing.



For information, kindly see the countries’ commitments to the LDCF/SCCF below:



The members of the LDCF/SCCF Council presented the following pledges and contributions to the LDCF/SCCF on behalf of their governments:


- Belgium: EUR 7 million to the LDCF

- Belgium - Walloon Region: EUR 3.25 million to the LDCF

- Germany: EUR 50 million to the LDCF

- Sweden: SEK 185 million to the LDCF

- Switzerland: CHF 1.89 million to the LDCF and CHF 500,000 to the SCCF.


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GEF Council approves $500 million work program focused on least developed countries and small island developing states


LDCF and SCCF  Council: At the opening of the Council meeting, Switzerland, Belgium, Germany, Sweden announced new contributions to the LDCF and SCCF. Find more information in the joint summary of the chairs.


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WWF: Rainforest deforestation more than doubled under cover of coronavirus -DW

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Nouabalé-Ndoki National Park Monthly update April 2020

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Resources and follow-up from the virtual FAO-EcoAgriculture Partners Roundtable

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ATIBT -CBFP: Private Sector mobilized around the CBFP Facilitator of the Federal Republic of Germany

ATIBT co-facilitated the mobilization of the private sector of the timber sector to participate in the first meeting of the private sector college of Congo Basin Forest Partnership with the new facilitator Dr Christian Ruck and his team German Facilitation.

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Development and institutionalization of a PAFC certification system for the Congo basin: opening of the second public consultation on Sustainable Forest Management Certification Standard, 23 May 2020 - 22 June 2020

This second public consultation will be open for a period of 30 days from tomorrow Saturday the 23rd of May 2020 and will be closed on Monday the 22nd of June 2020. The public consultation is open to all stakeholders of forest management in the Congo Basin interested in participating to the PAFC Congo Basin certification standards development process.

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Forest defenders on the COVID-19 frontline stand ready to assist the global EU response – Fern

These efforts go hand in hand with ensuring continued responsible management of natural resources and preventing unsustainably and illegally sourced forest commodities. In the Democratic Republic of Congo, forest-monitoring organisations Observatoire de la Gouvernance Forestière (OGF) and Réseau des observateurs indépendants des ressources naturelles (RENOI) are set to carry out COVID awareness-raising in at-risk forest areas, and will also assess COVID’s impact on forest management and governance commitments under the Central African Forest Initiative (CAFI). Across the Congo Basin, fears that a proper lack of oversight may put forests and forest peoples in danger are looming despite emerging initiatives.

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22 May 2020 International Day for Biological Diversity

The theme of the 2020 International Day for Biological Diversity is “Our Solutions are in Nature”. It shows that "Biodiversity remains the answer to a number of sustainable development challenges that we all face. From nature-based solutions to climate, to food and water security, and sustainable livelihoods, biodiversity remains the basis for a sustainable future."

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