Brazzaville (Republic of Congo), 26 to 28 March 2013 – Was the venue of the sixth meeting of the Working Group for the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification in Central Africa (WGCCD). The meeting which was convened by the Executive Secretary of the Central African Forests Commission (COMIFAC) was organized with financial assistance from the Canadian International Development Agency (CADI) and the German International Technical Cooperation (GIZ).
The workshop aimed to: (1) adopt the sub region’s common positions on the agenda items of the eleventh meeting of the Committee for the review of the implementation of the Convention to Combat Desertification (CRIC 11) which will hold from 15 to 19 April 2013 in Bonn, Germany; (2) evaluate the WGCCD’s roadmap for 2013; (3) get an update on lessons learnt in the preparation of the fifth national reports on the implementation of the Convention to Combat Desertification ; (4) get an update on the progress status of the alignment of National Action Plans to combat Desertification on the ten-year Strategy (2008-2018) of the Convention; (5) devise a framework for intervention during the CRIC 11; (6) report and exchange views on the findings of sub regional, regional and international meetings.
The following COMIFAC member countries took part in the proceedings: Burundi, Cameroon, Congo, Gabon, Equatorial Guinea, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Sao Tomé & Principe. Equally in attendance were representatives of the following sub-regional and international organizations: the Lake Chad Basin Commission (LCBC), the Livestock, Meat and Fisheries Commission (CEBEVIRHA), the Bassin-Oubangui Sangha International Commission (CICOS), GIZ, the Global Mechanism (GM) and COMIFAC.
After three days of lively discussions, the participants adopted 4 resolutions and a series of recommendations addressed to COMIFAC, liaison centers (ECCAS and COMIFAC), and thematic group leaders of the PASR (LCBC, CEBEVIRHA and CICOS) and COMIFAC member countries.
Before closing the meeting, participants thanked the government and people of the Republic of Congo, for their warm welcome. They also expressed gratitude to CIDA and GIZ for the financial support provided for this workshop.