For a better coordination of REDD+ and APA initiatives in the Congo Basin – CBFP partners outline strong recommendations in Bujumbura
“The Nagoya and Cancun recommendations are shared and capitalized upon. An inventory of funds and existing and potential instruments is made – and lessons drawn from the implementation of these funds and coordination of initiatives are shared and capitalized upon.” These were the expected outcomes of the CBFP REDD+ / Nagoya day.
Bujumbura (Burundi), 25 May 2011 – Congo Basin Forest Partnership (CBFP) REDD+/Nagoya Day (Image credits: Athanase Karayenga and Martin Normandeau). This meeting was organised by the CBFP Facilitation with financial support from the Canadian Government. The overall objective of the meeting was to contribute in capitalising on lessons learnt on the sustainability of Congo basin forest ecosystems and the reduction of emissions caused by deforestation and forest degradation. More specifically the aim was to:
♦ Reinforce exchanges on the lessons and recommendations of Nagoya and Cancun;
♦ Identify lessons drawn from current initiatives;
♦ Reinforce coordination in developing emerging initiatives.
Chaired by Mr Gaston Grenier, CBFP Facilitator and Mr Cléto Ndikumagenge, CBFP Deputy Facilitator, the Bujumbura meeting, was facilitated by Dr Denis Sonwa of CIFOR, Mr Léonard Usongo of l’IUCN, Mrs Ndayishimye Renilde of the Burundi Climate Focal Point, Dr Chimere Diaw of the African Model Forests Network Secretariat (SRAFM), and brought together a hundred delegates representing the following CBFP partners : (1) Representatives of COMIFAC countries and of the COMIFAC Executive Secretariat ; (2) Representatives of COMIFAC partner institutions (the CEFDHAC, OFAC, OSFAC networks, etc.) ; (3) Representatives of CBFP member countries of the “north”: Germany, Canada, United states, France, Norway; (4) Representatives of international organisations and institutions (UNFF, World Bank, BDEAC, FAO, SRAFM, IUCN, CIFOR, FSC, USAID/CARPE) ; (5) Representatives of Research Groups : CIRAD, ICRAF, CIFOR ; (6) Private sector representatives.
The REDD+ / Nagoya Day was marked by several highlights of which the most significant were: (1) The opening ceremony, (2) plenary sessions (3) and the Facilitators Panel.
At the opening ceremony, three speeches were made: a statement from Mr Gaston Grenier, CBFP Facilitator; a speech from Mr Raymond Mbitikon, COMIFAC Executive Secretary and the opening speech made by H.E Jean Marie Nibirantije, Minister of Water, Environment, Planning and Urban Affairs. (MEEATU).
The theme of the REDD+ / Nagoya day was. “Implementation of Cancun and Nagoya recommendations”. Four sub-themes were identified and discussed in plenary session: (1) Implementation of Cancun and Nagoya Declarations (2) Main challenges for REDD+ in Central Africa (3) Lessons drawn from innovative initiatives (4) Emerging initiatives in the Congo Basin.
Several presentations (about three per session) were made in plenary all through the working day (the REDD+ / Nagoya day agenda is available on the following link: HERE
A panel of session facilitators was set up at the end of the day to allow each session facilitator to present their major conclusions, summaries and/or recommendations.
After an intensive day of discussions on the implementation of Cancun and Nagoya recommendations in the Congo Basin, the main recommendations and summaries drafted and submitted by session Facilitators have been put together in the following document: Major conclusions of the Congo Basin REDD+ / Nagoya day, available on the following link: HERE
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