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  • Lead-organizer: Central African Forests Commission (COMIFAC)
  • 15:30 - 17:00
  • Date: 17 Jun 2012
  • Room: Auditorium 2 (Barra Arena)

Please note that this Side event is taking place outside RioCentro in the Barra Arena.

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Achievements of Central Africa for the implementation of Agenda 21

Organizing partners

? Central African Forests Commission (COMIFAC)
? Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS)
? African Development Bank (AfDB),
? Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)
? and the Congo Basin Forests Partnership (CBFP).

Introduction

In order to contribute to the implementation of Agenda 21, Central African countries had taken relevant measures and institutional frameworks to promote sustainable development in Central Africa. The Summit of Rio+20 is an excellent opportunity for these countries to share their achievements and lessons learnt with the rest of the world. It is in this framework that, the Central African Forests Commission (COMIFAC) which is an Intergovernmental Organization established in 2000 by the Heads of State of Central African Countries (ten countries members: Burundi, Cameroon, Central Africa Republic, Chad, Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Rwanda and Sao Tome & Principes) and the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) want to organize this side-event. This meeting will contribute to the achievement of the objectives of this Summit by the fact that, topics which will address have a linkage with the thematic of Rio+20.

Detailed programme

The main objective of this side event is to share the achievements of Central Africa countries in the framework of the implementation of Agenda 21 with the participants of Rio+20 Summit. In this regards, experiences and lessons learnt of sustainable forests management in the Congo Basin since 1992 will be presented. Four presentations in various topics will be made by the representative of the Central African Forests Commission (COMIFAC), the representative of the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) and the representative of the Congo Basin Forests Partnership (CBFP). Specifically the following topics will be presented:

1. Experience and lessons learnt on the political commitments for the sustainable forests management and the implementation of the Rio Conventions in Central Africa by Mr. Raymond MBITIKON, the Executive Secretary of COMIFAC. This presentation will show the political and institutional framework which had been put in place to promote the sustainable forests management and the implementation of the Rio Conventions in Central Africa. It will also focus on the main achievements, the lessons learnt and the ways forward.

2. Contribution of forests to the sustainable Development in the Congo Basin: Opportunities and challenges by Dr BIHINI WA WON Musiti, Regional Coordinator of the Congo Basin support Programme (PACEBCo). The aim of this presentation is to address the role of forests in the sustainable development in the Congo Basin, the existing opportunities for their sustainable management and challenges to be facing.

3. Perspectives of the contribution of the Green economy to the poverty eradication in Central Africa by Dr. Honoré TABUNA, Program Officer in charge of the valorization of biological diversity of ECCAS. The Economic Community of Central African States is very interesting by the promotion of green economy. It had been carried out many activities in order to build capacities of its Countries members on this issue. In this presentation, he will demonstrate how the Green Economy can contribute to poverty eradication in Central Africa which is the sub region where the second large block of tropical forests is found.

4. Impacts of the Partnership on the sustainable Development in Central Africa by Dr John FLYNN, Regional Coordinator of CARPE and Congo Basin Forests Partnership Representative. In his presentation, he will highlight the impacts Cooperation in the sustainable development case of the central Africa sub region with the linkage to the sustainable management of Congo Basin forests.
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