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Newsletter January, 2017
The Congo Basin at COP 13 - Side event rallied around progress towards implementation of NAGOYA Protocol on ABS in Central Africa

Cancun (Mexico) - A side event to the Conference of the Parties (COP) 13 of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) was held under the theme "Progress towards implementation of the Nagoya Protocol on ABS in Central Africa...

The report presents findings from an assessment study on the quality of participation of civil society actors in REDD+ (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation) and FLEGT VPA (Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade – Voluntary Partnership Agreement) processes in four countries in Africa: Cameroon, Ghana, Liberia and the Republic of Congo.

A recently published manual on good rural practices (Manual de buenas practicas rurales) will assist farmers to increase the productivity of their fields and grazing lands by using trees to produce woodfuel, fruits and fodder, stabilize soils, store carbon, assist water infiltration, and generate other benefits. The manual, is a product of ITTO project RED-PD 045/11 Rev.2 (M), which aimed at a quantitative assessment of the goods and services provided by the various types of tropical forests...

Apia, 16 Dec 2016: The first Green Climate Fund (GCF) Board meeting to be held in the Pacific, and the final for 2016, closed today having approved eight new funding proposals and accredited seven new partner entities.

These minutes have been prepared and published under the responsibility of the Chairman of the Council and translated from English into French. Please download the French version of the minutes of the inaugural session of the CBFP Council…

Streams1 : Forest management policies and land use planning…Stream 2 : Conservation and sustainable use of wildlife resources, including fight against Poaching and wildlife trafficking…Stream 3: Climate Change: Adaptation and Mitigation…Stream 4: sustainable economic development and the private sector…Stream 5: Knowledge-Based Decision-Making.

Please download: CBD Communiqué - UN Biodiversity Conference results in significant commitments for action on Biodiversity. Agreements reached on actions to integrate biodiversity in forestry, fisheries, agriculture, and tourism sectors and to achieve the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development…

Final Communiqué of the 16th Meeting of Parties of the Congo Basin Forest Partnership 21-25 November 2016 – Kigali, Rwanda
16th meeting of CBFP partners. Proceedings and documentation of Thematic Session-Streams
MoP 16 - Kigali : The CBFP Council holds its first meeting: The minutes of the CBFP Council are available below for download…
Congo Basin closes ranks and mobilizes for COP 13 of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)
Dear Members of the Advisory Forum, Dear stakeholders in responsible forest management in the Republic of Cameroon, following the publication of the first draft which was discussed and tested on the ground, our FSC Standards Development Group, officially recognized by FSC-International, recently produced Draft 2.0 of the new National FSC Standard for forest certification in the Republic of Cameroon.

If ever there was a year to make significant progress on forest conservation and climate change, it was 2016. Coming on the heels of the historic COP21 Paris Agreement, 2016 was a year to demonstrate the commitment the World Bank Group has to support countries as they take forward their nationally determined contributions to address our global climate change challenge.

Marrakech / Songdo, 21 Nov 2016 The Conference of Parties (COP) has issued its latest guidance to the Green Climate Fund (GCF) at its 22nd meeting in Marrakech, Morocco. The decision of the COP sets out the requests from the governments that are Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), and that will guide the Fund over the coming year.

The issues around the environmental integrity of international market mechanisms have gained a great deal of attention in the wake of the Paris Agreement. In addition, with the agreement on market-based measures for international aviation being reached, these issues are likely to gain even more prominence in countries’ efforts to prepare for the implementation of international market mechanisms.
Overview: Sound quantitative estimates of forest extent and quality are essential for REDD+. The observation of forest change is fundamental to demonstrate emission reductions that result from policies and measures. Developing forest reference emission levels (emission baselines) and monitoring capacity requires REDD+ countries to make a number of technical and policy decisions and build capacity.
IISD-Global Gender Climate Alliance (GGCA) Innovation Forum

FERN-Comment on COP22: Forest highlights from Marrakech

UE Forest Watch December 2016

PASA- Covered with Blood and Flies...Nona Became a Very Lucky Little Gorilla
The DRC initiative, in the Mai Ndombe region, encompasses 12.3 million hectares total (9.8 million of which are forest) and will focus on activities to address slash-and-burn agriculture, charcoal production, and logging, along with other drivers of deforestation. Collaboration with forest dwellers, NGOs and local communities have been an important part of the design of the initiative, and consultation plans have been validated by these groups to ensure active participation in decision making.

22 December 2016, Rome - A new strategy for FAO’s REDD+ and National Forest Monitoring teams will expand their technical expertise to address broader elements of the international effort to reduce emissions and deal with deforestation. Development of the strategy was the central theme at a two-day workshop this week, which took stock of past work on the REDD+ programme at FAO and discussed its future direction.

ITTO commissioned the report from WRI as part of its contribution to the Global Partnership for Forest Landscape Restoration (GPFLR) in order to increase understanding of the factors to be taken into account in successful forest and landscape restoration and rehabilitation of degraded forests in the tropics. The report presents a review of restoration activities in project sites in Africa, Asia and Latin America.
An ecoregional approach within an international framework can effectively conserve forests and forest biodiversity in transboundary areas, according to conservation projects showcased at the 13th Conference of the Parties (COP13) of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), underway in Cancun, Mexico.

For more Information, please consult the following PDF Document…The Novacel Kwamouth South Agro-forestry Project (NSK), funded by the Congo Basin Forest Fund (CBFF), was launched in 2011. The NSK project aims to curb deforestation on the Batéké plateaus by promoting sustainable agroforestry techniques and strengthening people’s economic livelihoods, including basic social services.
Leseditionsdunet: Edible insects of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC): past, present and future prospects
IISD- COP 22 Low-Emissions Solutions Conference
IISD - Reporting Services : Forest Action Day and Dialogue on Forest

news.mongabay: Major Congo Basin forest conference convenes in Rwanda
The Mobile Seminar on Planning and Managing Tourism in Protected Areas is an intensive, 2.5-week field-based training event for individuals working to promote sustainable tourism and outdoor recreation in parks and nature reserves worldwide. The seminar, co-offered by CSU’s Center for Protected Area Management and the US Forest Service International Programs Office, will build the skills of participants to plan and manage public use and outdoor recreation programs in protected areas to build support for conservation, contribute to public health...

Central Africa is a region with a very strong potential for agricultural development. The desire of the countries in the sub-region for economic emergence, the availability of arable land, and encouraging prices on the world market for perennial crops will inexorably lead to increased production of cash corps. In Central Africa this growth, which will be sustained by both agro-industrial firms and by hundreds of small producers, significantly increases the risks of deforestation and of anthropogenic transformation of natural environments.

20 December 2016, Malabo - The Government of Equatorial Guinea is launching an extensive 18-month project to develop its national investment plan which will position the country to participate in the international initiative for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD+). With the technical support of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and funding from the Central African Forest Initiative (CAFI), Equatorial Guinea is set to finalize its National REDD+ Strategy and quickly move to the planning of its REDD+ investments.

This report entitled "Illegal Logging and Related Timber Trade – Dimensions, Drivers, Impacts and Responses" presents the results of the fifth global scientific assessment undertaken by the GFEP initiative. The report set out to gain deeper understanding of the meaning of illegal logging and related timber trade, its scale, drivers and consequences. It provides a structured synthesis of available scientific and expert knowledge on illegal logging and associated timber trade while adding to existing studies and reports by sharing new insights,....

The COP22 President highlighted the positive energy from the opening ceremony earlier in the morning that marked the transition from COP21 Presidency to COP22 Presidency and thanked outgoing COP21 President Segolene Royal for all of her collaboration over the past year in preparation for COP22.
FRENCH translation of CENTRAL AFRICAN FORESTS FOREVER and other news and results
Mongabay:Corrupt logging practices in Liberia could mar new era in community forestry
Marrakech Action Proclamation for our climate and sustainable development
COP22: Opening ceremony of the Indigenous Peoples’ & Communities’ Pavilion in the COP22 Green Zone
The Great Green Wall is a major African-led initiative with the bold ambition to restore the productivity and vitality of the Sahel region, whilst ‘growing solutions’ to the Continent’s most urgent development challenges.

he Fund is designed to support large-scale rehabilitation of degraded land, for sustainable and productive use, with long-term private sector financing.The Global Mechanism is spearheading the establishment of the Fund.

The Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) target 15.3 states: “By 2030, combat desertification, restore degraded land and soil, including land affected by desertification, drought and floods, and strive to achieve a land degradation-neutral world”.

Target 15.3 has therefore become a strong vehicle for driving UNCCD implementation, while at the same time contributing to other SDGs, including those relating to climate change mitigation and adaptation, biodiversity conservation, ecosystem restoration, food and water security, disaster risk reduction, and poverty.

Upcoming Events
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05.02.2017 – 08.02.2017
08.02.2017 – 10.02.2017
Journées de la Géomatique 2017, from 8 to 10 February, Libreville Gabon. Theme: African emulation around spatial data: transfer of technologies, appropriation of know-how, capacity building.

Job offers

The European Forest Institute (EFI) is seeking a REDD+ Expert to reinforce its REDD Team. Interested candidates are requested to send CV with cover letter by 6th February 2017, using our online application form.  If it is not possible for you to apply online please send your application to…
Abstracts on these and related topics are being solicited from academic, industrial and governmental organizations at the local, state, national and regional level. The A&WMA highly encourages abstracts involving case studies of successful programs and projects. Abstracts of 200-300 words are being sought for both platform and poster presentation under the following topics:

The Academy of Excellence is offering scholarships for the training of 10 experts in Humanitarian supply management and Logistics in emergency situations.
The Academy of Excellence is opening a high level training session in technical and community project management in emergency situations. Each trainee must successfully pass 7 international certifications in water, hygiene and sanitation technical project management issued by the NGO OXFAM International.
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The seminar will begin on the campus of Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado, next to the majestic Rocky Mountains. Most of the seminar will be spent in the field and on the road visiting protected areas managed by federal, state, and local governments; NGOs; and private landowners. Highlights include trips to Arapahoe-Roosevelt and Black Hills National Forest, Rocky Mountain....

Successful projects demonstrate a firm commitment to increase human and institutional taxonomic and/or collection management capacity. The favorable outcome of the applications will depend on the quality of the submitted project, the quality of the candidate as judged from his CV, the eligibility of the candidate and the expertise, collections and infrastructure available at the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences and in Belgium.
The World Wide Fund for Nature seeks a Wildlife Officer. Duration: Two (2) years. Location: Mintom, with regular travels within Tridom Cameroon segment. Reports to: Jengi TRIDOM Programme Manager. Supervises: Field Assistants.
The Data Entry Assistant will be responsible for inputting information in an accurate and consistent manner into TRAFFIC's database as part of the ‘Reducing trade threats to Africa’s wild species and ecosystems (RETTA) through strengthened knowledge and action in Africa and beyond’ project as well as into the AFRICA-TWIX database, and support the AFRICA-TWIX Project Manager.

Dear Friends of the Foundation, we are pleased to announce that our Call for proposals for 2017 is now open: "All sectors" projects will henceforth extend to Burma and small-scale projects on endangered animal species. The deadline for submission of concept notes is 1 February 2017, regardless of project type.
Department:  Natural Resources research group, Contract type: Permanent, Salary:  £42,924 - £53,374 per annum depending on experience, plus benefits, Location: London or Edinburgh, Closing date: 12pm on Monday, 6 February 2017.
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