Congo Basin Community Report #4 February 2020



To read: Gabon-new partnership deals to support high ambitions… FSC & AITBT find common ground in marketing committee… join linkedin group about sustainable tropical timber… your african cases needs to be shown… fsc goes to carrefour du bois 2020…



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Dear members of the FSC Congo Basin Community

Welcome to our fourth report.

A new year, with new challenges. For our Community the main ones will be to increase demand of FSC certified tropical wood and Lesser Known Timber Species and to create opportunities for more hectares of sustainable managed FSC certified forests in the Congo Basin. In these efforts we are happy to see the newly reassurance by Minister of Forests of the Gabonese Republic that afirmes obligations to implement FSC certication of the state forests through a partnership deal with FSC. (Read more)



The overall import figures of the European market are not positive. Tropical timber use is among other things hampered by a bad image. As far as we are concerned there keeps being a call for more common actions within the timber business to counter the bad image with facts. The business as a whole is not big and strong enough to match up with the promotion of the competitive materials. The main tool would be solidarity between companies with a joint strong sustainability message. FSC Netherlands in co-operation with the colleagues of FSC Denmark, France and Congo Basin are working on a communication and implementation plan for 2020.



In May FSC will be present at the Carrefour du Bois with the introduction of a number of LKTS species, and the message of the huge benefits of the use of sustainable FSC certified tropical timber and why concessionaires should make a choice in favour of FM-certification. We will keep you updated about the intitiatives that we take this year. Please also share your initiatives with the Community to find synergie.




/ Ben Romein

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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

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

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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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