CEFDHAC: CEFDHAC-CAR national forum takes new lease on life


During a key workshop held in the conference room of the Azimut Hotel in Bangui from 25 to 26 July 2014, organized by IUCN with financial support from the Congo Basin Forest Fund (CBFF) a host of actors, namely, representatives of Ministries, the Focal Points of the CEFDHAC Network, Mayors of councils, NGOs and platforms, the private sector, representatives of forestry sector trade unions as well as representatives of partners and the Bureau of the CEFDHAC-CAR National Forum came together to breathe life into the CEFDHAC-CAR National Forum.


Chaired by Blandine Paulette GAHORO-DEALI, Director of Environmental Planning (MEFET) the meeting aimed to help revitalize the CEFDHAC-CAR National Forum, validate studies conducted under CBFF and identify core elements needed to formulate the engagement strategy and communication plan of the Central African Republic’s civil society grouped within the CEFDHAC Forum. Achieving these objectives hinged on five main meeting events aside from the opening ceremony, namely:


♦ Presentations in plenary session and exchange of views on the workshop’s terms of reference, the Draft Statutes and Internal Rules and Regulations arising from basic texts approved by the Council of Ministers in Bangui in 2008and FN texts of CEFDHAC-CAR and a report on the current situation of the CEFDHAC-CAR National Forum.


Break-out group work on review of Draft Statutes, review of Internal Rules and Regulations.


Feedback from studies conducted under the CBFF with regards to REDD + issues in CAR, dealing with the development of a strategy for involving indigenous peoples and women in the Dzanga-Sangha Protected Areas (APDS), in identification, analysis of factors in deforestation and forest degradation with a view to proposing elements for use in elaborating a deforestation monitoring system in the two landscapes concerned; governance mechanisms for forest resource management in order to suggest improvements to REDD + and the existing benefits sharing mechanism with the aim of assessing GAPS in REDD + mechanisms.


Presentation of draft membership directory, operational action plan of FN CEFDHAC-CAR and the draft Position Paper.


The fruitful discussions that followed these different segments resulted in recommendations made first of all by the participants to the CEFDHAC-CAR National Forum (NF) to the effect that it should set up a small team of six (6) people to harmonize the Statutes and Internal Rules and Regulations and a small team of five (5) to update the Operational Action Plan of the CEFDHAC-CAR NF. A recommendation was put to IUCN to help organize a special validation workshop at national level, to validate the results obtained given their importance and especially to ensure ownership of the results by all stakeholders at large. It was further recommended that the Bureau of the National Forum should improve the content of the Position Paper and incorporate comments made during the meeting.


With these strong recommendations, the lesson and experience-rich workshop ended, leaving the participants very satisfied.  


For more information on the conduct of the workshop, please see the final communiqué below:



Go back


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


There are no news items for this period.