Championing Forest People's Rights & Participation in the Congo Basin #EUCFPR
This project is co-financed by European Union (EU) and the Department for International Development (DFID).

Welcome to the website of the Congo Basin Voluntary Partnership Agreement implementation project.

The overall aim of this project is promote the rights and participation of forest communities, including indigenous people, in the implementation of legal and political reforms in the forestry sector linked to Voluntary Partnership Agreements (VPAs). The project is for a duration of 2.5 years (January 2014 to June 2016) and is focused on two countries of the Congo Basin – Cameroon and Central African Republic (CAR).

Project documentary (in French)

EU-CFPR Project in Figures

EUCFPR in figures

Illegal logging and FLEGT

Illegal logging is an extremely important issue which is beginning to receive the attention it deserves. World Bank[1] estimates show that $10-15 billion annually are lost world wide due to illegal logging; with close to $5 billion lost due to uncollected taxes and royalties on legally sanctioned timber harvests due to corruption.

Such losses of state revenue prevent timber-rich Congo Basin governments from meeting development goals and public services of basic healthcare and education, as well as improvements in sustainable forest management.

Poor and disadvantaged communities suffer the most from poor governance of the forest sector, especially due to being denied a voice to actively participate in decision-making processes concerning their land and resources. Inequities in the ownership and management of land and resources are a major source of conflict which undermines prospects for development.

In order to tackle the problems associated with the illegal timber trade, the European Union has developed a Forest Law Enforcement and Trade (FLEGT) Action Plan. There are four key components of this plan:

  • Voluntary Partnership Agreements (VPAs)
  • Government procurement policies
  • Financial due diligence
  • Illegal timber regulations

Project News

EU-CFPR project closing event highlights key achievements and experiences

After 30 months of successful delivery of the Congo Basin VPA Implementation – Championing Forest Peoples Rights and Participation project in Cameroon and Central African Republic, the Centre for International Development and its project execution partners, organised a one day event at Hotel La Falaise in Yaoundé, Cameroon on the 23 June 2016 to mark …

Over 30 Delegates from Africa, Asia and Europe Converged in Brussels for the Biannual Meeting of the Community Rights Network from 11-15 April 2016

The event provided civil society representatives with a platform to share insights on progress and challenges facing forest management and forest peoples’ rights in their country including opportunities and improvements brought by the Voluntary Partnership Agreements (VPA) in a rapidly changing environment. The Community Rights Network (CRN) has been meeting every other year in Brussels …

10th Forest Governance Forum takes place in Cameroon

From 16-18 March 2016, the 10th edition of the Forest Governance Forum took place in Yaoundé, Cameroon. Organised by the Centre for International Development and Training - CIDT of the University of Wolverhampton, UK, the forum took place under the centre's 'Congo Basin VPA ‘Implementation: Championing Forest People’s Rights and Participation' project. Inspired by the Chatham ...

CIDT and partners facilitate a regional experience-sharing and capacity development workshop for national civil society platforms working toward improving forest governance and natural resources management in west and central Africa

Twenty representatives of five national civil society (CS) platforms from Cameroon, the Central African Republic (CAR), the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the Republic of Congo and Ivory Coast came together for one week of experience-sharing, lesson-learning and capacity development earlier this month in Kribi, Cameroon. The ultimate aim of this gathering was to improve …

EU project partner meetings held

In December 2015, a review and planning meeting took place with the coordinating and implementing partners of the European Union (EU)-funded Championing Forest People’s Rights (CFPR) project in the Congo Basin. 18 participants took part in the meeting representing: CIDT (UK), Fern (Belgium), Forêt et Développement Rural (FODER – Cameroun), Maison de l’Enfant et la Femme Pygmée …

CIDT and its partner FODER provide capacity building support to Cameroonian lawmakers

Parliamentarians and their technical assistants from the Parliamentarians network (REPAR-Cameroon – Réseau des Parlementaires pour la Gestion Durable des Ecosystèmes Forestiers d’Afrique centrale) received training on forest governance issues during a workshop organised in the South Region of Cameroon from the 22nd to the 24th of October, 2015. This initiative was a joint action between …

Building capacity for civil society led forest monitoring in Central African Republic

The Central African Republic (CAR) is a landlocked country with about 4.6 million people. The country has a large environmental potential but years of socio-political crises have led to degradation and forest destruction with detrimental effects on the livelihoods of forest dependent communities. Additionally the contribution of the forest sector to national growth is therefore …

Workshop to verify findings on the state of Forestry Governance in curricular across Cameroon

Academic institutions have a significant role to play with regards to improving forest governance and sustainable growth in Cameroon through training of forest sector professionals, continuous professional development and research.

How FLEGT is making a difference in the Central African Republic

The Story of Consumption

The Story of FLEGT