The US CBFP Facilitation’s road map presented to CBFP partners and Cameroonian civil society organizations in Yaounde

 

docs/news/Mission-Facilitateur-USA/Cam-SW-Podium.jpg

 

 

 

On 17 July 2013, the Yaounde Hilton Hotel served as the venue for an important meeting between the CBFP American Facilitation and Cameroonian civil society organizations. The meeting aimed to present the American facilitation’s roadmap and gather views to enrich it.

 

 

 

 

docs/news/Mission-Facilitateur-USA/Cam-Stakeholder-Workshop1.jpg

 

 

 

 

Dr Kenneth Angu of IUCN-CARPE-Cameroon facilitated the session, which attracted over 60 civil society representatives, particularly from women’s and youth’s organizations and local populations with a shared interest in contributing to conservation and sustainable management of forest resources in Cameroon and the sub-region.
 

 

 

 

 

docs/news/Mission-Facilitateur-USA/Cam-SW-2.jpg

 

 

 

Also in attendance were representatives of the Network of Parliamentarians for Sustainable Management of Dense and Humid Forest Ecosystems in Central Africa (REPAR), RRI, IUCN, CEFDHAC and technical and financial partners. The meeting was also enriched by the participation of Germany and France, both engaged partners with extensive projects in the sub-region. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The meeting was marked by two main highlights:

 

Presentations:

 

docs/news/Mission-Facilitateur-USA/Cam-SW-4.jpgCBFP Facilitator, Mr. Matthew Cassetta kicked off the session with an overview of the CBFP.  He noted the history of CBFP Facilitations, and the various institutional, governmental, technical, financial and private sector members that make up the CBFP. Mr. Cassetta also highlighted the CBFP’s operational objectives.

 

Dr. André Kamdem Toham, Deputy Facilitator, took the floor and made a detailed presentation of the American Facilitation’s roadmap for the period 2013-2015. The presentation centered on three points, namely: the vision, objectives and activities of the United States CBFP Facilitation. Throughout its term of facilitation of the CBFP, the U.S. will seek to foster Africa’s leadership role in addressing serious threats to Central Africa’s forests and biodiversity with the ultimate aim of promoting conservation and sustainable management of the region’s forest resources.  Dr. Toham also outlined the four strategic aims of activities, namely: knowledge and sharing of up-to-date information, coalitions to devise measures against the causes of deforestation, facilitated information workshops and strategic mobilization of current CBFP partners and recruitment of new partners.

 

Following this, participants were invited to express their views on the roadmap and make observations.  The discussions were guided by two main questions.

  • What information and tools do you need to work more efficiently?
  • What can be done to increase participation of women, indigenous populations and youths in the Partnership and in forest resource management in the Congo Basin?
     

 

 

 

Plenary discussions

docs/news/Mission-Facilitateur-USA/Cam-SW-3-De´claration.jpgVarious highly enriching contributions, including a declaration from the platform of Cameroon civil society organizations were read aloud. The meeting however took note of the following:

  • Civil society’s strong endorsement of the American Facilitation’s roadmap, which they see as a source of hope for Cameroon CSOs,
  • Civil society’s request for capacity building in developing  bankable projects and in mobilising resources for its activities,
  • That the CBFP should serve as a communication channel between CSOs and donors involved in the partnership, to enable them to fund their activities on the ground,
  • That women should be empowered through participation in strategic decision-making meetings,
  • That a civil society organization should have a subregional scope of action to qualify for CBFP membership,
  • That the CBFP communication platform should serve as a showcase for  communication on actions carried out by civil society organizations,

 

 

docs/news/Mission-Facilitateur-USA/Cam-MINFOF-B.jpg

 

 

Participants made their contributions in a very heated debate, in hopes that the American facilitation will breathe new life into the Congo Basin forests.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

docs/news/Mission-Facilitateur-USA/Cam-MINFOF1.jpg

 

 

 

It is worth noting that the CBFP Facilitation team held a very fruitful working session with His Excellency, Mr Ngole Philip Gwese, the Minister of Forestry and Wildlife, CBFP Facilitator.  Also present at the audience was His Excellency Mr Robert P. Jackson, the United States Ambassador to Cameroon. The audience focused on a presentation of the United States Facilitation’s roadmap, the upcoming COMIFAC Head of States Summit, the COMIFAC headquarters and participation of civil society organizations.

 

 

docs/news/Mission-Facilitateur-USA/Cam-RAFM.jpg

 

 

 

 

Finally in Cameroon, the facilitation team met certain representatives of partner governments, international NGOs and research and multilateral organizations.

 

 

Site Visit to Gorilla sanctuary/reserve in the Mefou

 

docs/news/Mission-Facilitateur-USA/Cam-Fieldwork-1.jpg

 

 

 

 

In addition to the meetings proper, the United States Facilitation team was invited by the German cooperation on an excursion in the Gorilla sanctuary/reserve in the Mefou division of the Cameroon’s Centre province.

 

 

 

docs/news/Mission-Facilitateur-USA/Cam-Fieldwork-2.jpg

 

 

This semi-wild area helps to protect and conserve at least 350 primates. They include chimpanzees, gorillas, baboons, mandrills with multicoloured snouts... and many other monkey species.

 

 

 

 

docs/news/Mission-Facilitateur-USA/Cam-Fieldwork-3.jpg

 

 

 

 

This hike through the dense humid rainforest of Cameroon allowed for first-hand appreciation of flora replete with Sapele, Ayous, Baobas, Moabi species and wildlife.

 

 

 

docs/news/Mission-Facilitateur-USA/Cam-Fieldwork-4.jpg

 

 

 

Throughout the guided tour, the American CBFP Facilitation team had lively exchanges with representatives of the German Cooperation and officials of the Mefou reserve on the issue of conservation and wildlife protection which marked the end of this enriching field experience for the American CBFP Facilitation.

 

 

The roadmap and the CSO platform’s declaration are available here:

 

? NGO-CSO's Declaration on CBFP Facilitation Road MaP-CEFDHAC -  National Forum

? Résumé Exécutif de la Feuille de route de la Facilitation des États-Unis

? Executive Summary of the U.S. Facilitation Road Map

 

 

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.