First time ever: Summer School on National Forest Monitoring Systems (SNSF) - The final Report is available...
Please find the following key documents:
The first session of the Summer School on National Forest Monitoring Systems (SNSF) and Measuring, Notification and Verification (MRV) in the context of REDD + was held from June 1 to 8, 2014 in Brazzaville, Congo. Hosted by COMIFAC, the meeting aimed to boost stakeholder capacities to play a greater role in the fight against deforestation and forest degradation.
The first of its kind summer session witnessed a strong turnout of representatives of COMIFAC member countries, namely: Burundi, Cameroon, Congo, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Gabon, Equatorial Guinea, Rwanda Sao Tome and Principe and Chad.
The meeting unfolded around forty-four (44) presentations conducted in thirteen (13) sessions. The papers were grouped under the following themes: The concept of REDD +, International climate negotiations and REDD +, the concept of forest deforestation / degradation and governance tools, Monitoring and MRV systems, carbon measurement challenges and opportunities, the marketplace of ideas on pilot projects, monitoring tools in the Congo Basin.
The presentations enlightened participants extensively on SNSFs and MRVs, hence the position of the latter two as strong contenders in the race for the selection of the best three projects. Out of nine (9) project ideas corresponding to countries and networks represented, only 03 were selected. Project ideas included: Stemming forest degradation and deforestation through implementation of a green belt around the city of ATI proposed by Chad, Community forests in the territories of Bolobo , Mushie, Kwamouth and Yumbi in Bandundu proposed by the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Promotion of museums featuring century-old trees and sacred forests proposed by the Congo.
At the end of the training session which was highly appreciated by the participants, the latter offered a motion of thanks in which they expressed gratitude to the Government of the Republic of Congo and partners, and went on to make recommendations to improve COMIFAC’s REDD+-related actions as follows:
♦ The COMIFAC countries should proceed with the development of land use plans that take local and indigenous peoples into account in the implementation of land tenure systems.
♦ Partners (FAO, UN-REDD and etc...) should promote gender mainstreaming into REDD+ and climate change adaptation in Central Africa.
♦ COMIFAC should harness the tools and methods used in advanced countries in the REDD+ process for the benefit of other countries to achieve similar results.
♦ The international community should support the REDD + process in COMIFAC countries to prevent this welcome initiative which has been hailed as a sustainable development opportunity, from being viewed as a hoax.
The outdoor part of the meeting which further educated the participants, featured two plays themed around the issues of sustainable development, staged by l’Association pour la Culture de Protection de la Faune et de la Flore/théâtre de l’Environnement.
For more information on the conduct of the Summer School, please consult the final communiqué and motion of thanks issued on the occasion here below:
Please find the following key documents:
Start of the Support Project for the Development of Continuing Training in the Forest-Woods Sector in Central Africa (Appui au Développement de la Formation Continue dans la Filière Forêt-Bois en Afrique Centrale -ADEFAC) - ATIBT
Read more … Start of the Support Project for the Development of Continuing Training in the Forest-Woods Sector in Central Africa (Appui au Développement de la Formation Continue dans la Filière Forêt-Bois en Afrique Centrale -ADEFAC) - ATIBT
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
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