Objet: CBFP Flash News 11/2016

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Newsletter November, 2016
We, Heads of State, Government, and Delegations, gathered in Marrakech, on African soil, for the High-Level Segment of the 22nd Session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change...issue this proclamation to signal a shift towards a new era of implementation and action on climate and sustainable development.

Please download the: Final Communiqué of the 16th Meeting of Parties of the Congo Basin Forest Partnership 21-25 November 2016 – Kigali, Rwanda...

COMIFAC: Ninth Ordinary Session of COMIFAC Council of Ministers: new statutory team appointed

The ninth ordinary session of the Council of Ministers of the Central African Forest Commission (COMIFAC) took place on 29 November 2016 in Kigali, Republic of Rwanda. The session was preceded from 27-28 November 2016 by the advisory expert meeting...

The expert meeting of the ninth Ordinary Session of the COMIFAC Council of Ministers in charge of Forestry and/or Environment of the COMIFAC countries was held at the behest of His Excellency Emmanuel NIYONKURU, Minister of Water, Environment, Land Planning and Urbanism of the Republic of Burundi, Acting President of the Central African Forests Commission (COMIFAC).

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.

The minutes of the CBFP Council are available below for download. These minutes have been assembled and issued under the reponsibilty of the Chair of the Council. Kindly download here below: the minutes of the CBFP Council...

Kigali-Rwanda: 22 November 2016 - Bioversity International has officially joined the Congo Basin Forests Partnership (CBFP).Bioversity is a global research-for-development organization and member of the CGIAR Consortium. The organization delivers scientific evidence, management practices and policy options to use and safeguard agricultural and tree biodiversity for sustainable global food and nutrition security.

Mongabay:Corrupt logging practices in Liberia could mar new era in community forestry
Board of Directors of the Foundation for the Tri-National Sangha (FTNS)
ingentaconnect: Cameroon's forest policy within the overall national land use framework: from sectorial approaches to global coherence?
Vegetal non-timber forest products in Cameroon, contribution to the national economy

The EU Facilitator of CBFP has addressed a new letter to all CBFP Partners, setting out the Facilitation’s perspectives and proposals for the 16th Meeting of Parties, scheduled to  take place in Kigali, Rwanda on 21-26 November 2016. Among other things, the Facilitation proposes an update of the CBFP Cooperation Framework to be adopted at Kigali.

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.

23 November 2016, Kigali, Rwanda – The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) today launched a new publication that will help countries in Africa and elsewhere trace timber from forest to consumer as part of wider efforts to crack down on illegal logging and promote the legal timber trade.

The Green Climate Fund (GCF) has reached a new milestone today with the approval of USD 745 million in funding proposals at its fourteenth meeting. The 10 projects and programmes have a total value of USD 2.6 billion, and will help 27 countries across the globe to reduce their emissions and adapt to the impacts of climate change.
GCF: GCF highlights Fund progress and ambition at COP22 dialogue on climate finance Marrakech, 16 Nov 2016

Gbif: Calls for help after recent riots damage National Herbarium of Gabon

Welcome to 16th Meeting of Parties (MOP) of the Congo Basin Forest Partnership (CBFP) in Kigali, Rwanda

PASA news : A Better Life for Orphaned Baby Kui

A new business tool designed to combat bribery has just been published. ISO 37001is actually the first international anti-bribery management system standard built to assist organizations in fighting bribery risk both within their own operations and at all levels of their global value chains. By providing a generally flexible framework intended to prevent, detect and address bribery-related issues, ISO 37001 will enable organizations to mitigate the risks and costs related to this scourge.

The Green Climate Fund (GCF) today announced the approval of its first grants in support of processes to develop National Adaptation Plans (NAPs).
Under the GCF's Readiness and Preparatory Support Programme, Liberia will receive USD 2.2 million with UNDP acting as its delivery partner to implement its NAPs activities, whilst Nepal will receive a grant of USD 2.9 million via UNEP.

Main article: Indonesia to issue world's first FLEGT licences
This November Indonesia is expected to become the first country in the world to issue FLEGT licences, which will allow companies to import Indonesian timber in to the EU without carrying out the due diligence checks required by the EU Timber Regulation (EUTR). Read full article…

Forest Watch is a monthly e-newsletter from Fern dealing with EU policy and forests. To read : Elusive ‘negative emissions’ must not distract from immediate action at Marrakesh ; 2030 renewables policy: Commission must repair bioenergy weaknesses ; The EU should support binding human rights initiative ; Will EU-Vietnam trade deal protect forests and strengthen forest people’s rights? News in brief….
fern: Elusive ‘negative emissions’ must not distract from immediate action at Marrakesh
IISD : 2nd Meeting of the Open-ended Intergovernmental Ad Hoc Expert Group (AHEG2)
Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council Consultation Meeting
IUCN ready to effect its engagement with the Green Climate Funds and African countries
In Central Africa, industrial forest concessions and protected areas occupy most of the forested space while community forests are confined to the margins. This separation ignores the reality of land rights and overlapping uses, as well as the need for governance involving different users of the same space. The mapping of local land rights lays the foundation for sharing timber revenues and the development of new economic activities involving industrial operators and communities.

On Day 1 of COP22, the theme was ‘Africa in Action.’ Foreign Minister of Morocco and President of COP22 Salaheddine Mezouar said in his opening remark that the conference being held « on African soil demonstrates a whole continent’s commitment to contributing to the global effort » to fight climate change. He emphasized the importance of helping all African countries fight climate change because the « sun does not ignore a village because it is small. »

The interactive session on consideration of best practices in the implementation of the Convention continued on Thursday morning, the third and final day of CRIC 15, with delegates providing input on the Secretariat report on accessibility of information on best practices through the Scientific Knowledge Brokering Portal and the Capacity Building Marketplace. Delegates then met in a contact group throughout the remainder of the day to review the draft report of the session, including the conclusions and recommendations.

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.
GRASP15 : United Nations Report Calls for Conservation to Collaborate with Palm Oil Industry
IISD : 2016 Annual General Meeting of the Intergovernmental Forum on Mining, Minerals, Metals and Sustainable Development (IGF) - The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Mining
COP22: Index-based insurance, key to helping small-scale farmers in Africa adapt to climate change effects
COP22: Opening ceremony of the Indigenous Peoples’ & Communities’ Pavilion in the COP22 Green Zone

...I am happy to tell you that the French translation of chapters 1–8 of the book Central African Forests Forever has been published at www.centralafricanforests.org. Now everyone in central Africa–and elsewhere in the world–can benefit from the book’s information about best forest practices, ecotourism and other important subjects to preserve forests in Central Africa.
Congo Basin at the COP 13 - Side event: The Progress in the implementation of the Nagoya Protocol on ABS in Central Africa : Challenges, Opportunities and Prospects - New Date: 12th December at 6:15 pm

The Central African Forests Commission (COMIFAC) is pleased to invite you to attend the side event which is organized in collaboration with the GIZ, JICA and UNEP-DELC on ” The Progress in the implementation of the Nagoya Protocol on ABS in Central Africa : Challenges, Opportunities and Prospects “... Date: December 12th, at 6:15 pm at Like Minded Mega Diverse Regional Group meeting room, Sunrise Building, Second Floor - Moderation by the EU Facilitator, Mr Anders Henriksson

Upcoming Events

Job offers

WWF seeks the services of a consultant to carry an evaluation of a WWF Netherlands funded three years Program to support environmental best practice policies and implementation in palm oil, mining and related infrastructure development aimed at advancing a green economy in the Congo Basin. All candidates interested in conducting this evaluation should submit, no later than December 15, 2016…

WWF seeks the services of a consultant to undertake an evaluation of a WWF funded field conservation program in southeast Cameroon (TRIDOM landscape).All candidates interested in conducting this evaluation on a consultant basis should submit, no later than December 15, 2016  a technical proposal including:

Under the responsibility of the Head of Unit, in close coordination with the EU Facilitator of CBFP, and jointly with other colleagues working in the unit, you will be working in the areas of sustainable management of forests and biodiversity (governance, conservation, climate change)… If we caught your interest, we are looking forward to your application until 27.11.2016.

WWF-DRC is recruiting the position of Principal Technical Advisor for our programme in Democratic Republic of Congo to help us achieve our new ambitious goals, and build a future where people live in harmony with nature. Location: Mbandaka, Province de l’Equateur, Democratic Republic of Congo. Deadline for applications: 25 November 2016

The Sahara Conservation Fund (SCF) is a young and dynamic NGO established in 2004 to address the extinction crisis facing the wildlife of the Sahara and neighbouring Sahelian grasslands of Africa. SCF focuses on the conservation of threatened species and their habitats. Projects include the establishment and management of protected areas, the reintroduction of lost species, and hands-on training of African professionals through applied research, wildlife survey and monitoring.

The Project Finance and Administrative Officer, AAI is an integral member of the African Apes Initiative (AAI projects) team, providing financial and administration support particularly in program logistics and efficient project administration. The incumbent reports to and works closely with the Technical Director West and Central Africa and is the key linking point within the program team and HQ Finance team to understand, interpret and implement financial policies and budget plans within the AAI projects. The majority of AAI-field programs are in West and Central Africa.

Session objectives: to develop the participants’ ability to identify viable project ideas, to teach participants how to craft relevant projects that will appeal to financial partners, Strengthen participants’ capacities to develop synergies.

The World Resources Institute (WRI) seeks a Central Africa Regional Strategy Lead to lead development of national strategies, support work plan development, monitoring, communication and fund-raising across WRI’s Forest Program’s priority countries in the Congo Basin – with a particular focus on Cameroon, Central African Republic, Equatorial Guinea and Gabon. Location: Kinshasa, DRC

Management and Engineering Technologies International, Inc. (METI), in collaboration with the US Forest Service, as a part of the US Agency for International Development’s bilateral programs in Uganda, seeks a full-time technical advisor to provide technical support to the National Forestry Authority of Uganda. The technical advisor will provide strategic and technical guidance on mapping Central Forest Reserves and other attendant technical issues within the National Forestry Authority.
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