RIFFEAC "Regional Seminar on Forest-Environmental Training Programmes in Central Africa"

Training initiatives in the field of Forest-Environment in the Central African sub-region have not only multiplied, they have also become more and more professional since November 2005, when the first meeting of the Regional Coordination Panel (Cadre de Concertation Régional CCR) dedicated to training matters took place in Kinshasa. Pushed by this dynamic development and eager to offer a regular updating of the region’s acquis, RIFFEAC, with the support of COMIFAC and other partners, has organised a regional seminar on forest and environmental training in Douala (1-3 December).

The goals of the meeting were two-fold:
1)    On the one hand, sharing experiences, appraising the progress made and summarising the present training situation in the field of FFE (Formation Forêt Environment) in Central Africa during the Regional Coordination Panel’s meeting on December 1st.
2)    On the other hand, enhancing these exchanges during a workshop (December 2-3) aimed at defining directing principles for the foundation of a Regional Training Policy.

 

Should there still be any doubts about the importance of training  for  comprehensively treating the question of sustainable forest management in the Congo Basin, then the professionalism and great variety of the attending parties that were leading a rich and intensive exchange throughout the seminar, have delivered a clear statement. As has been announced during the meeting, partners will soon draft a concept for regional training policies thus providing the framework needed to coordinating their upcoming activities, and to guarantee a skillful use of resources for attaining primarily shared objectives.

RIFFEAC’s Administration Council, which has been meeting on December 4th immediately after the seminar, has already validated a number of activities in its yearly Plan of Action, and will thus allow implementing the principal recommendations drafted during the seminar. The dynamic will continue, passing from words to action!

Please find a summary of the two connected meetings in the present report of proceedings (in French).

 

----------------------------

One of the main objectives of the “Central African Network of Forest and Environmental Training Institutions ("RIFFEAC") identified in its Operational Plan is outlining, in close cooperation with the COMIFAC, general principles for sub-regional training policies. Based on these policies, partners should be able to identify a number of priorities that could be effectively be managed on a regional level and to work out a coherent framework for the different intervening parties (in particular the technical and financial partners). This overall framework should further aim at offering general managerial principles for implementing the component 7.4. of the COMIFAC Convergence Plan.

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

2020