Bioversity International the new partner of the Congo Basin Forest Partnership!

 

 

Kigali-Rwanda: 22 November 2016 - Bioversity International has officially joined the Congo Basin Forests Partnership (CBFP).

 

Bioversity is a global research-for-development organization and member of the CGIAR Consortium. The organization delivers scientific evidence, management practices and policy options to use and safeguard agricultural and tree biodiversity for sustainable global food and nutrition security.

 

 

Bioversity International has a longstanding interest in the Congo Basin; it has maintained an office in Yaoundé for the past 10 years, hosted by the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA). Even before establishing the office there, it carried out activities in the Congo Basin countries from the regional office in Benin. Their focus in the Congo Basin is mostly on conservation and better use of the genetic diversity of trees. 

 

 

Bioversity International’s tree genetic resources research focuses on documenting the diversity within tree species that are valuable for people, analyzing threats to trees and their genetic resources and learning how these threats can be addressed to achieve their conservation and sustainable use in protected areas, managed forests and woodlands. 

 

Bioversity International seeks to create awareness of the relevance and role of tree genetic resources in ecosystem restoration and disseminating knowledge to help practitioners and policymakers identify and select the best seed sources for planting. 

 

Their participatory research on gender focuses on women’s and men’s distinct and complementary sets of knowledge, skills, practices and preferences related to the management of trees and forests, and on gendered rights to access and benefit from trees and their products. The goal is to develop effective forest resource management recommendations and opportunities that can increase social equity and long-term sustainability of forest and tree use.  Bioversity International scientists also carry out research to reveal ways of resolving conflicts over forest resources and determining how to make conservation compatible with the use of tree resources so that local people’s livelihood strategies are supported and sustained.  

 

 

Bioversity scientists are involved in the development of molecular tools for tracking harvested logs to help timber operators secure their supply-chains, comply with legal requirements for sourcing and delivering legal wood and wood products and ultimately help fight illegal logging and the associated trade. 

 

 

Bioversity coordinates the sub-Saharan African Forest Genetic Resources (SAFORGEN) Programme from its Yaoundé office. The Congo Basin countries are members of this network, which supports collaboration to enable people and institutions in sub-Saharan Africa to more effectively conserve and use existing tree diversity. In April 2016, SAFORGEN organized a workshop in Douala, Cameroon to identify regional priorities for the implementation of the FAO Global Plan of Action for the Conservation, Sustainable Use and Development of Forest Genetic Resources (GPA-FGR) in Africa.  

 

 

Capacity building is an important component of their work in the region. Over the course of the 4 years of the “Beyond Timber” Project led by Bioversity, funded by the Congo Basin Forest Fund and carried out in collaboration with CIFOR and the National Forest Research Institutes in Cameroon, Gabon and DRC, for example, it trained 19 graduate students, 9 junior scientists from national research systems and 25 forest technicians working with forest concessions. In addition, it has offered training courses and made available training materials that can be accessed freely online at http://forest-geneticresources-training-guide.bioversityinternational.org/. 

 

Bioversity International is convinced that we can more effectively benefit the governments, people and forests of the Congo Basin; collaborate with key stakeholders; and address the critical issues of the region as members of the CBFP, and confirm our adherence to its cooperation principles. 

 

 

The European Facilitation of the Congo Basin Forests Partnership is very pleased to welcome Bioversity International as a new CBFP member. Welcome to our new partner: Bioversity International!

 

 

Contact

Dr. Laura Snook (l.snook@cgiar.org) or/ and  Dr. Marius Ekué (m.ekue@cgiar.org)

For more information, please visit the Bioversity International website

 

 

Go back

CBFP News

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

Tropical rainforests shrank by 6,500 square kilometers in March — an area seven times the size of Berlin. Criminal groups are taking advantage of the pandemic and the unemployed are getting desperate, the WWF said.

Read more …

Nouabalé-Ndoki National Park Monthly update April 2020

"At a time when many countries are beginning their gradual deconfinement and when there is a glimmer of hope on the horizon of returning to normal life, I wanted to share with you some good news that also fills us with hope for the future of the Nouabalé-Ndoki National Park."

Read more …

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

Last April 30th FAO and EcoAgriculture Partners organized a virtual Roundtable on Territorial Perspectives for Development, in which over 170 people participated.

Read more …

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.

Read more …

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.

Read more …

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.

Read more …

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."

Read more …

CBFP News Archive

2021

There are no news items for this period.