Objet: CBFP Flash News 09/2017

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Newsletter 09/2017

The EU Facilitation of CBFP is pleased to inform you that the 17th Meeting of the Parties (MOP) of the Congo Basin Forest Partnership (CBFP) will be held in Douala (Republic of Cameroon) ) from 24 to 27 octobre 2017. The meeting will be organized with the financial support of the European Union.

 During the second quarter of 2017, activities carried out by the Executive Secretariat of the Central African Forest Commission  (COMIFAC) focused on the  following components of its sub-regional action plan: (i) planning, monitoring and evaluation of implementation of Convergence Plan 2...


 Yaoundé, 14 June 2017. In accordance with the commitment made in Kigali in November 2016, the Network of Parliamentarians for Sustainable Management of Forest Ecosystems in Central Africa (REPAR)has officially joined the 99 members of the Congo Basin Forest Partnership (CBFP) which works to promote sustainable resources management and improve people’s living conditions.


The FAO-EU FLEGT Programme is now accepting concept notes from government institutions, civil society, indigenous and tribal peoples, and private sector organizations in countries engaged in Voluntary Partnership Agreements (VPAs) with the European Union. Grants up to USD 110 000 are available through the Programme to support ongoing VPA processes in targeted countries.


The report describes progress made with the timber legality assurance system, institutional improvements, stakeholder engagement, communication, transparency and monitoring of the agreement.

The book addresses how to conserve and restore the very rich biodiversity in Central Africa, which is the home of three of the world’s four great apes – the gorilla, chimpanzee and bonobo – forest elephants, magnificent birds and so many enchanting animals and plants.

Forestry experts of the Congo Basin, representatives of indigenous peoples, conservation organizations (WWF, WCS) and  private sector operators, as well as the Central African Forest Commission (COMIFAC) meeting in Brazzaville, parted on 24 August after discussing the development of indicators for the identification and management of intact forest landscapes.

 Libreville, 24 June (Gabonactu.com) - The Deputy Secretary General of the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS), Head of the Department of Physical Integration, Economic and Monetary Affairs (DIPEM), Marie Thérèse Chantal Mfoula, inaugurated Saturday in Rwanda, seven schools....


Yaoundé, 14 July 2017. ReRaC has acknowledged the cooperation framework of CBFP partners that was updated and adopted in Kigali in November 2016 and is committed to adhere thereto and thereby promote sustainable management of forest ecosystems in the Congo Basin.


Brussels, 22 August 2017. The Central African Network of Forestry and Environmental Training Institutions (RIFFEAC) has officially joined the Congo Basin Forest Partnership (CBFP). RIFFEAC has acknowledged the cooperation framework of CBFP partners that was updated and adopted in Kigali in November 2016 and has undertaken to adhere thereto in the framework of training and promotion of sustainable management of forest ecosystems in Central Africa.


A new member of the CBFP: Welcome to the African Women’s Network for Community Management of Forests (REFACOF)!

Edéa, 16 August 2017. The African Women’s Network for Community Management of Forests (REFACOF) has just joined the CBFP’s big family. The REFACOF has acknowledged the principles of the cooperation framework of  CBFP members  and undertakes to respect and apply it in its interventions.

The EU  Facilitation of CBFP and the Government of Cameroon have reached agreement that the 17th Meeting of the Parties (MOP) of the Congo Basin Forest Partnership (CBFP) shall be organised in Douala (Republic of Cameroon) on 24-27October. The meeting will be organized with the financial support of the European Union.

Investors are only too aware: if they want to be efficient, companies in emerging countries can no longer overlook climate change related risks The growing frequency and severity of weather events, new regulatory frameworks, changing consumer preferences : climate change is profoundly changing  the ways business is done. Companies and investors are increasingly seeking new ways to build climate resilient portfolios

On July 31st, we celebrated World Ranger Day and honored those who put their lives on the line to protect the magnificent wildlife of Nouabalé-Ndoki National Park. Watch our latest videos here, here and here, a tribute to our brave rangers! We are working to constantly improve our strategy to fight threats to the Park. Through the professionalization of our anti-poaching operations, we have managed to this month make arrests on a third of our patrols, which is an excellent result.

ITTO has released the Biennial Review and Assessment of the World Timber Situation 2015–2016, giving insights into developments and trends in the global timber sector and international timber markets. The Review reports on production, trade and prices for primary wood products (industrial roundwood, sawnwood, veneer and plywood)...

Flegt: The EU Timber Regulation implementation and enforcement updates
CIFOR: Green Climate Fund steps up to reduce deforestation and forest degradation
CIFOR: The long and winding road to sustainable palm oil
GCF: Liberia receives first instalment of USD 2.2m GCF grant for climate adaptation

Yaoundé, Cameroon, 7th September 2017—Weak governance, corruption and shifting trade dynamics are significant factors seriously undermining the control of ivory trafficking throughout five countries in Central Africa, according to a new TRAFFIC study launched today.

VIRUNGA NATIONAL PARK, Democratic Republic of Congo — On the verdant savanna of Virunga National Park, a herd of elephants clustered near an umbrella-shaped acacia tree to seek shelter from the blazing morning sun. From a Cessna far above, the giant animals looked like brown-gray miniatures.

In this issue: Thematic resources maps of the Chari Logone Sub-basin in the Lake Chad Basin validated; Cameroon Ecology spearheads a community forest management  initiative in the Manoka mangrove; Awareness campaign conducted in Yokadouma on sidelines of International Day for Biological Diversity ...

Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), 30th August 2017–a new TRAFFIC report launched today finds Kinshasa’s notorious ivory markets going underground following increased enforcement activity.
The Green Climate Fund’s latest expansion of assistance to countries preparing to implement climate finance is targeting Africa and the Pacific.

Republic of Congo - Paving the way for increased and more meaningful participation of women and marginalized groups in managing forests is a requisite investment in achieving more cohesive and efficient resources governance. The way that forests are successfully managed depends on the capacity of men and women to come together and collaborate.

Nkolo Martial, an Environmental economist will be taking the lead role in managing the GIZ regional COMIFAC support project starting from early August 2017. Following a stint in the private sector, including at the Bureau of Studies and Business, Martial joined the GIZ in 2008 as part of the Support program to the Forest and Environment Sectoral Program  ( ProPSFE)...
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Upcoming Events
18.09.2017 – 22.09.2017
IUFRO 125th Anniversary Congress. 19 September 2017, Konzerthaus. By International Union of Forest Research Organizations

02.11.2017 – 05.11.2017
04.12.2017 – 17.12.2017
Cairo WoodShow’s 3rd edition.

Job offers
SAS is currently accepting papers and posters for its 2018 Discovery Summit Europe. We are looking for presenters who can share how they have solved important problems with JMP. Each year our paper and poster presenters are a source of inspiration for the Discovery Summit Europe - posing and challenging analytic theories, benchmarking best practices and conceiving innovative concepts. Presenters will shape the conference conversation about how to apply analytics in forward-looking companies around the globe.

Chemonics seeks a Track and Trace Manager to join the ongoing Global Health Supply Chain - Procurement and Supply Management (GHSC-PSM) project in Botswana. She/He will work within the Central Medical Stores (CMS), currently operated by the third-party vendor Botswana Courier and Logistics, to coordinate the picking, packing, and distribution of appropriate quantities of medicine, especially Dolutegravir and other antiretroviral drugs.

Participation is open to individual or legal persons including institutions / consulting firms working in the field. Tenders may be submitted in English or French. Tenders must reach the office of GWP Cameroon no later than 5:00 pm local time on Monday 25th September 2017. No submission will be received beyond the deadline.
Within the framework of implementation of the regional UNDP-COMIFAC project , COMIFAC is seeking a National Expert for the Republic of Cameroon with expertise  in the field of Protected Area management strategies and sustainable financing. Deadline for applications: 14/09/2017

Within  the framework of implementation of the regional UNDP-COMIFAC project , COMIFAC is seeking a National Expert for the Republic of Cameroon with expertise  in the field of socio-economics, law and environmental finance (with a special focus on protected areas in the Congo Basin/Central Africa).

Registration is now open at the Nkolbisson Higher Institute of Environmental Sciences in Yaoundé for the Higher Technical Certificate (BTS), Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees.
She/He will establish and maintain systems for project operations; coordinate and maintain working relationships with project stakeholders (including USAID, ministries, high-level government officials, and private sector partners); manage local implementation teams, and collaborate with local partners to improve capacity.
The Zoological Society of London (ZSL), a charity founded in 1826, is a world-renowned centre of excellence for conservation science and applied conservation. ZSL’s mission is to promote and achieve the worldwide conservation of animals and their habitats. This is realised by carrying out field conservation and research in over 50 countries across the globe and through education and awareness-raising at our two zoos, ZSL London Zoo and ZSL Whipsnade Zoo, inspiring people to take conservation action.
The Master of Science (MSc) in “Managing the Science-Policy Interface on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services for Sustainable Development in West Africa - SPIBES” is a 2-year interdisciplinary course designed to provide students with broad, high-quality information and skills needed to facilitate the operation of science-policy interfaces such as the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), as a means for achieving sustainable development goals in West Africa.
The main aim is to design and develop a virtual and high tech-based communication platform (web site) as a viable and effective tool for showcasing conservation efforts underway in the ecosystems of the National Park of Lobéké, as well as ecosystem services­ and cultural values related thereto.
The study’s overall aim is to define priorities and develop a plan to enhance the capacities and participation of actors of the AEPHA sector of the sub-watershed of the Mayo Tsanaga river in ensuring climate change resilience of AEPHA services.
The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) is looking to fill a Regional Director position. This position requires an accomplished and credible manager with good understanding of environmental policy issues in the regional context. The Regional Director is supported by a range of experts but has the institutional responsibility to authoritatively handle a broad spectrum of subjects ranging from biodiversity and ecosystem based resource management strategies and policies to organizational management and financial planning.

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