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Presented by Richard Eba’a Atyi (CIFOR-ICRAF) at COP27, UNFCCC Official Side Event, "Forest climate mitigation until 2030: Tracking progress, informing action", 9 Nov 2022

Presented by Richard Eba’a Atyi (CIFOR-ICRAF) at COP27, UNFCCC Official Side Event, "Forest climate mitigation until 2030: Tracking progress, informing action", 9 Nov 2022

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Lessons learnt from the Congo Basin

  1. 1. Lessons learnt from the Congo Basin Richard Eba’a Atyi Sharm El Sheikh, 6-18 November 2022, UNFCCC COP 27
  2. 2. The Observatory for the Forests of Central Africa (OFAC) OFAC data levels • OFAC aims at providing up-to-date and relevant information on the forests and ecosystems of Central Africa, which is used by governments and forest and environmental management actors in their decision-making. • OFAC monitors monitors changes on the forestry and environment sectors of the Congo Basin at three levels • Regional level • National level in member countries • Site level (timber concessions andprotected areas) OFAC Themes • Institutional arrangements, including institutional changes in member countries, donor support and regional level actors (COMIFAC, ECCAS) • Trends in forest cover both at regional and national levels • Timber production: mainly management of forest concessions • Management of protected areas  OFAC has established links with other data collection processes such of FRA of FAO  For the last year OFAC has been following up the implementation of the Glasgow Declarations about the Congo Basin
  3. 3. RIOFAC Themes Institutional arrangements, including institutional changes in member countries, donor support and regional level actors (COMIFAC, ECCAS) Trends in forest cover both at regional and national levels Timber production: mainly management of forest concessions Management of protected areas • OFAC has established links with other data collection processes such of FRA of FAO • For the last year OFAC has been following up the implementation of the Glasgow Declarations about the Congo Basin
  4. 4. OFAC as « information broker » A Better connection to decision making
  5. 5. Lessons learnt (1): need for multiple level coordination • Institutional coordination amongst land use sectors within the national (agriculture, forestry &conservation, mining, infrastructure…) • Spatial Coordination of activities at the national, landscape and local levels • Coordination between technical and financial partners • Coordination between countries of central Africa • Coordination between the donor community and governments of central Africa countries
  6. 6. Lessons learnt (2): need for knowledge management systems • Improving the knowledge of the complex forest ecosystems of central Africa through applied and innovative research. • Encouraging decision making on forest management that is based on scientific evidence • Document successful experiences and practices of forest ecosystem management • Make available credible information for use in forest management
  7. 7. Lessons learnt (3): Need to include the informal sectors • Some informal sectors have more important impacts on natural resources that the formal one • Subsistence agriculture • Wildlife exploitation for human nutrition • Need for specific periodic studies to fill data gaps
  8. 8. cifor-icraf.org | globallandscapesforum.org | resilient-landscapes.org CIFOR-ICRAF envisions a world in which people enjoy livelihoods supported by healthy, productive landscapes made resilient through the transformative power of forests, trees and agroforestry. Thank you © Ollivier Girard/CIFOR

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