Citizen Voices for Change: Congo Basin forest monitoring project (CV4C)


This project is financed by the European Union.

Our national partners are the leading forest monitoring actors in their countries.

The consortium includes national organisations involved in mandated (CAGDF and OGF) and external independent (Brainforest, CED, CIEDD and FODER) monitoring in the Congo Basin, working alongside two internationally respected and neutral organisations (CIDT and WRI) with the ability to broker linkages between monitors and those they seek to influence, particularly government and private sector.

Having only two international organisations in this consortium ensures that the majority of financial resources are directed towards national co-applicants. The national co-applicants are the leading forest monitoring actors in their countries with considerable experience and technical expertise in monitoring FLEGT, REDD+ and land use changes. They hold strategically important positions within national Civil Society networks, making them ideal conduits for capacity strengthening of other NSAs.

International Partners

The Centre for International Development and Training (CIDT)

CIDT is a department within the University of Wolverhampton (UoW), based in the United Kingdom. As a centre of excellence in capacity strengthening for international development, we offer practical solutions for positive change, based on our experience in over 140 countries worldwide. CIDT will represent the project team to the donor, handle overall nancial and administrative management of the grant, coordinate and support activities, with an emphasis on organisational and institutional capacity development, facilitating networking and promoting lesson learning and sharing of good practice among members of the consortia and beyond. CIDT will lead establishment of NSA-governments partnerships, development of training protocols and facilitation of cooperation and communication between NSAs and local authorities and private sector.

For general project enquiries please contact CIDT.
Address: University of Wolverhampton, Telford Innovation Campus, Shifnal Road, Priorslee, Telford, TF2 9NT, UK.
Contact: Dr Aurelian Mbzibain
Tel: +44 01902 323 140
Email: or

World Resources Institute (WRI)

WRI is a leading global research organisation specialised in natural resources management with an established presence in the Congo Basin. WRI convenes the Global Forest Watch (GFW) as well as the Forest Transparency Initiative (FTI) – both aimed at catalysing a radical increase in transparency and capacity to manage the world’s forests. WRI’s suite of applications constitutes one of the world’s largest open access online databases on forest monitoring – linking data from satellites to those crowd-sourced from actors on the ground. WRI will work with national partners to compile, analyse and publish all independent monitoring observations and reports via the GFW and FTI online platforms. WRI has established agreements (MOUs) with all national governments across the Congo Basin – improving access to official forest information. Its affiliate the Forest Legality Initiative (FLI) – will relay monitoring results to stakeholders in the United States, the EU, Asia and South/Central America – leading to impact of the Action well beyond the borders of the 5 target countries.

Address: 10 G Street NE Suite 800, Washington, DC 20002, United States of America.
Contact: Marie Vallee

Regional Partner

The Field Legality Advisory Group (FLAG)

FLAG will provide technical assistance and capacity building for national co- applicants in IM and operationalise the regional IMFLEG and IMREDD platform. Based in Cameroon, FLAG is the leading regional IFM organisation in the Congo Basin. It boasts the top experts in the region, with strong links to all organisations working on IFM. A key objective of this Action is to strengthen FLAG’s capacity to become the regional point of reference and Centre of Excellence in IMFLEG and IMREDD+.

Address: PO BOX 4269, Rue Tsoungui Oloa, Mfandena, Omnisports (Titti Garage), Immeuble lla Grace Divine, 2 Etage, Porte 21, Yaounde, Cameroon
Contact: Serge C. MOUKOURI
Tel: +237 222 218 846 or +237 699 680 964


Partners in Cameroon

Centre pour l’Environnement et le Développement (CED)

CED’s 25+ years’ experience in forest governance includes forest monitoring and policy analysis, especially on forest conversion, IP rights, and REDD+. CED will play an important role in implementing this Action in Cameroon, as well as providing capacity building support to national partners and CS platforms in other project countries. CED coordinates the national CS platform in Cameroon and the regional African Community Rights Network (ACRN). It has also established the first land observatory (OBSTER) in Cameroon with a national system of local observers.

Address: BP 3430, Etoa-Meki, Yaoundé, Cameroon
Contact: Moise Kono Bidzo
Tel: +237 674 37 96 43

Forêts et Développement Rural (FODER)

FODER is a skilled and innovative organisation with established experience in external independent monitoring, anti-corruption, and monitoring the implementation of transparency annexes in the VPA. It helped establish the national IFM coordination of 12 organisations and has developed the “Système National d’Observation Indépendante Normalisé” based on ISO quality standards, which involved development of a REDD+ monitoring guide with the Ministry of Environment. It has successfully delivered several forest monitoring projects in Cameroon and will lead on IFM and capacity building of a network of monitors.

Address: Immeuble SNV, PO BOX 11417, Yaounde, Cameroon.
Contact: MBENDA Epse LEUNKEU Rosette
Tel: 00 237 651 267 812 (Office) or 00 237 651 267 812 (Gsm)
Email: or

Partner in Gabon


With 18 years of experience, Brainforest is the leading NGO in Gabon and heads the national CS platform. Brainforest will lead on the implementation of the Action’s activities in Gabon. It will undertake regular forest monitoring missions and lead on advocacy with national NSAs platforms and other stakeholders.

Address: BP 23 749, Quartier Ambowé, Libreville, Gabon
Contact: ESSONO ONDO Protet Judicaël
Tel: +24107419922 or +24106559126
Email: or or

Partner in Republic of Congo

Cercle d’Appui à la Gestion Durable des Forêts (CADGF)

CAGDF is the national co-applicant in RoC and will lead on IFM and capacity building of a wider network of monitors. It will also bene t from organisational/operational capacity building from CIDT and FLAG. As the mandated independent monitor of the VPA since 2013, it has been instrumental in the development of external independent monitoring and REDD+ methodologies, collaborating with FLAG and EFI.

Address: 43, Rue Nkounkou Auguste Moukoundzi- Ngouaka, Brazzaville, Republic of Congo, PO BOX 254
Contact: Lambert MABIALA
Tel: +242 068209451 or +242 055592329

Partner in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)

Observatoire de la Gouvernance Forestière (OGF)

OGF is the most experienced CSO working on independent monitoring in the DRC. It is the mandated independent monitor of the VPA and has been instrumental in the development of external independent monitoring and REDD+ methodologies in collaboration with FLAG and EFI. It will carry out forest monitoring, provide training for magistrates and forest control staff, establish a network of independent monitors in provinces, and engage with national CS platforms.

Address: 12ème étage Immeuble BCDC, Boulevard du 30 Juin, Kinshasa-Gombe, Democratic Republic of Congo
Contact: Essylot LUBALA
Tel: +243 99 99 107 95

Partner in Central African Republic (CAR)

Centre pour l’Information Environnementale et le Développement Durable (CIEDD)

CIEDD is the national co-applicant in CAR and will lead on IFM and capacity building of a network of monitors. It holds a strategic position among the NGO members of the Gestion Durable des Ressources Naturelles et l’Environnement (GDRNE) platform and plays a very active role in the VPA and Transparency in the Extractive Industry Initiative. It is the most experienced organisation involved in monitoring forest governance in CAR.

Address: BP: 120, Bangui, Central African Republic (CAR)
Contact: Jean Jacques U. MATHAMALE
Tel: +236 72 56 65 32 or +236 75 00 37 74