11th Forest Governance Forum, Brazzaville 2018
The 11th Forest Governance Forum took place from 30-31 October 2018 at Hotel Ledger, Brazzaville, Republic of Congo.
REPORT OF THIS EVENT COMING SOON.
The 11th Forest Governance Forum was the first forum to be held under the EU-funded CV4C project.
The FGF, modelled along the well-known Chatham House bi-annual Illegal Logging Update meetings aims to contribute to the wider aims of the CV4C project through experience sharing, networking and raising awareness, and raising the profile of FLEGT-VPA, land use change, REDD+, participatory forestry and other relevant policy processes in the Congo Basin.
The 11th edition of the FGF is organised in collaboration with the Congo Basin Forest Partnership (CBFP) as part of the CBFP Streams on forest governance, REDD+ and Land Use in preparation for the high level conference of parties meeting scheduled for the week of the 26thof November, 2018 in Brussels. It is expected that recommendations from the forum will feed into and inform the political level negotiations between parties.
The objective of the FGF is to provide a free, deliberative and open space for the exchange of information, experiences, lessons, ideas and up to date research around Forest Governance, FLEGT-VPAs, REDD+, participatory forestry, land use and other initiatives seeking to improve forest governance and combat illegal logging, deforestation and forest degradation.
Issues relating to private sector engagement, forest conversion, domestic timber markets, private sector actions, independent monitoring, indigenous peoples’ rights, and participation among others will also be discussed at this regional forum.
Approximately 200 participants will be invited by the organisers and their partners. These participants will be drawn from government, civil society, the private sector, forest-dependent communities, indigenous peoples, international organisations, the academic community, the media and donor organisations from Republic of Congo, the region and internationally. The regional event will aim to work with international partners and other projects to bring international delegations to participate in the conference and to share experiences, thus enriching the global FLEGT and REDD+ processes.
The event will focus on experience-sharing and documenting of lessons learned on regional forest governance, land use and REDD+ processes and, will include looking at developments that lie ahead for the future. The outcome of the event will be a conference report which captures the results of the Q&As at session level and the findings from the working groups, with some recommendations for the CBFP conference of parties in Brussels amongst others.
The RoC FGF will comprise of three 1.5 hour sessions on each day, with three presentations in each session followed by 45 minutes of open audience Q&As. There will be opportunities for networking and participant interaction including structured working group sessions as well.
Themes for the Forum
The indicative themes for the Congo Brazzaville FGF are;
- Forest legislative processes in the Congo Basin
- Transparency in the forest sector – implementation of the transparency annex
- Participatory Forestry, Tenure and rights of Indigenous peoples
- REDD+, zero deforestation, agro-business
- Synergies between FLEGT, REDD+ and land use governance
- Independent Forest Monitoring/Observation
- Conversion Timber
- Participation of stakeholders in FLEGT, REDD+ and land use:
- Private sector (formal and informal)
- Forest communities and Indigenous peoples
- Issues of representation
- Civil society participation
- Actions of the private sector to promote good governance, legality, certification
- Domestic timber market
- The role of the media in promoting good forest governance
- Benefit sharing and local development related to forests
- The role of lawmakers and inter-ministerial coordination
- Gender in forest governance
Citizen Voices for Change Project
The CV4C project is supported by the European Union and DFID and is implemented in Cameroon, Central African Republic (CAR, Democratic Republic of Congo, Gabon, and Republic of Congo. This project aims to strengthen the contribution of non-state actors (NSA), such as civil society, Indigenous Peoples and community organisations, to improving forest governance, sustainable forest management and the contribution of forests to development.