• CIDT consult on Capacity Development programme of the Caribbean Development Bank

    4 October 2017
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    CDB MfDR Training

    CIDT has conducted a one-week visit for consultation on the curriculum of a suite of Project Cycle Management (PCM) training modules, with the staff of the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB).  In July 2017 CIDT commenced services as PCM training consultants to the Public Policy Analysis and Management (PPAM) and Project Cycle Management Training programme of the Bank to roll out an ambitious training programme to 19 Borrowing Member Countries (BMCs) of the CDB.

    CIDT and the PPAM training providers Dods Training will deliver a suite of modules (26 days of training) in each BMC for different training audiences of Government officials including Permanent Secretaries and senior technical officers from various line ministries. The suite of PCM courses targets technical officers, analysts, managers in the public sector; whose work directly involves the design, development, monitoring or reporting of projects. The overall learning objective is to enable more effective management of policy, programmes and projects and contribute to addressing the regional implementation deficit. This is part of the wider transformation agenda being driven by the CDB, to catalyse the change needed if the Region is to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.

    The CDB PPAM/PCM training programme is currently in the inception and curriculum development phase. CIDT staff Prof. Philip Dearden and Ella Haruna, with associate Dr Vasantha Chase, attended a series of consultation meetings and workshops to inform the programme’s Monitoring and Evaluation systems and the content of the three PPAM modules, seven  PCM module and a Train The Trainer module. Feedback from staff showed that the approach and content of the modular framework developed was broadly on track – all modules will be tweaked and updated in line with the very useful feedback received from CDB staff based on their experience working with the officials in BMCs .

    The key outcomes of the 2015-18 PPAM and PCM Training Programme are improved PPAM and PCM practices at individual/institutional levels, in BMCs and within the Bank; and a more robust CDB pipeline of investment and Technical Assistance projects. In addition to the large training programme in 19 BMCs, the other components CIDT will deliver include: support to 5 programme regional workshops, and a number of call-down days to support ‘stuck’ projects or provide additional bespoke training.

    Read Media Coverage of the PPAM and PCM Training Programme 2016-2018

    Read more about CIDT’s work to support the CDB PPAM and PCM Training programme.

    CIDT were initially contracted in 2012 to conduct the Training Needs Assessment that fed into to the Board Paper of the project. In 2016 CIDT were invited back by programme coordinator Mr Reginald Graham to support the first phase of the programme with Monitoring and Evaluation Technical Assistance for the start-up phase of the Caribbean Development Bank’s new capacity development programme. The assignment included assisting the Bank to establish a country-led M&E system in the six phase one countries including Barbados, Bahamas, Guyana, Saint Lucia, Turks and Caicos, Trinidad and Tobago. For more information see this news item and also this news article.

    Read more about CIDT’s training work with CDB’s Caribbean Technological Consultancy Services (CTCS) Network

    CIDT have provided Capacity Development Support for a series of workshop on Managing for Development Results (MfDR) for the Caribbean Technological Consultancy Services (CTCS) Network’s Cooperating Institutions for the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB). See this news item and also this news article.

    Download programme brochures

     Please contact Ella Haruna the contract manager of this programme for further information

    Photos from the Curriculum development workshop

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  • MfDR training in Haiti enhances competitiveness of SMEs

    29 September 2017
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    MfDR Training for SMEs in Haiti

    CIDT’s Sarah Thomas and Dr Aurelian Mbzibain conducted a Managing for Development Results (MfDR) workshop for the Caribbean Technological Consultancy Services (CTCS) Network of the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB). The workshop, which was held in Haiti from 21-25 August 2017, brought together 26 participants (20 males and 6 females) from all over the country.

    The CTCS programme seeks to contribute to the stimulation of entrepreneurship, while at the same time enhancing the competitiveness of the Region’s productive sector through capacity building and skills transfer. In line with its mission, this training was delivered to address key operational and managerial deficiencies amongst beneficiaries and to enhance the competitiveness of Micro, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (MSMEs) in Haiti.

    MfDR Training for SMEs in Haiti

    Michel Thomas, Operations Officer (CTCS)

    In his welcoming words Michel Thomas, Operations Officer (CTCS) Private Sector Development Division of Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), noted the importance of the workshop and the key role of the participants in firstly learning about MfDR and then sharing it in their own workplaces with both colleagues and client groups. Mr Frantz Bernard CRANN, President of the Board of Directors of the Haiti Financial Society for Development (Société Financière Haïtienne de Développement S.A, known by its French acronym SOFIHDES), appreciated the support of the CDB to national development efforts in the Caribbean and Haiti more specifically. He called on all participants to engage actively in the course, to share their experiences and learn from international best practices in MfDR.

    During the workshop participants worked enthusiastically on the development of real projects for their own areas of work. The general quality of the training of trainers (TOT) work undertaken and presented on the last day of the workshop by the participants was very high.

    Evaluation feedback on the workshop was very positive with many participants reporting that they had both fully engaged in the workshop process and learned a lot of practical, useful information and new skills. For many, the concepts surrounding MfDR have been demystified in a practical and useful manner.

    Some feedback received at the end of the course:

    “I am completely satisfied with the way this training was organised and delivered. Congratulations to those who organised the workshop and facilitators. I would recommend that SOFIHDES maintains this level of responsibility and engagement. Once again congratulations.”

    “This training was brilliantly delivered. The trainers were excellent – the tools used were appropriate and the timelines respected. I recommend that the next time the training is delivered that participants actually write up a full proposal.”

    CIDT would like to thank Mr Michel Thomas for his very helpful briefings and careful planning of the workshop.  We would also like to thank SOFIHDES officials for excellent organisation of the event especially Mr Frantz Bernard CRANN, Madame Michaelle Lamothe FORTUNE and Caroline PIDOUX for their help and support in organising the logistics of the workshop and for preparing all the course materials. Most of all, we would like to thanks all the participants for their very active participation in what was an intensive workshop – together we achieved a lot in a short space of time!

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  • New tool heightens the impact of Independent Forest Monitors in the Congo Basin

    28 September 2017
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    Open Timber Portal Screenshot

    Transparency of information along the timber supply chain is a fundamental prerequisite for combatting illegal logging and improving forest management in the Congo Basin. Without access to information and key documents, buyers and investors cannot demonstrate that they are sourcing legally-produced timber. Nor can producers prove that they are in fact following the rules.

    The World Resources Institute (WRI) has a long-standing history of creating information tools in the Congo Basin forest sector. Our newest contribution is the Open Timber Portal, which builds on data collected by the National Forest Atlases in five Congo Basin countries (Cameroon, CAR, Congo, DRC and Gabon) and the Global Forest Watch partnership.

    The Open Timber Portal is an independent web platform that promotes trade in legally harvested forest products by compiling information about forest sector compliance from government, private sector and Independent Forest Monitors (IFM) in producer countries. It aims to bring transparency to timber operations and supply chains by making available key information and documents about compliance with timber legality requirements and on-the-ground management practices. The Open Timber Portal compiles information from three different sources: official concession boundaries and operator information from the forest administration; documents uploaded voluntarily by companies to demonstrate legality compliance; and forest management observations by IFM. The Open Timber Portal was designed by WRI in consultation with a number of local civil society organizations, government agencies, companies, and industry associations. The Open Timber Portal serves IFM by improving their access to key company and government  documents, helping them prepare and prioritize their missions. After the mission, the IFM are invited to enter their observations in the Open Timber Portal, along with evidence and reports. Each IFM has access to an online library where they can save and organize its reports and associated documentation.

    In a time of proliferating web-based tools, why build another platform? The key contribution of the Open Timber Portal is to make more information available at the company level. Other tools often focus on the country level (such as the ETTF Timber Trade Portal, or NEPCon’s Sourcing Hub) or at the level of individual consignments (such as the BVRio Due Diligence Tool). In addition, the Open Timber Portal is the only platform that has been adapted to IFM needs.

    While these tools play an important role in company due diligence research, the Open Timber Portal works directly with forest operators in the Congo Basin to voluntarily upload key documents about their company and concession management. The site draws the full list of registered operators in a producer country from the National Forest Atlas, and works with these companies to upload a set of documents defined as key indicators for compliance. Based on the percentage of documents shared, these forest operators are ranked in order of transparency. Traders and importers thereby have a user-friendly overview over all the forest operators producing timber in a country, and can quickly filter by additional criteria such as certification and existence of observations and the associated evidence from independent forest monitoring missions. The website levels the playing field: The portal does not assess or verify legality of operations, or recommend companies, but the Open Timber Portal does provide a free and publicly available tool facilitating due diligence for buyers. At the same time, the portal also provides forest operators with a marketing tool to promote their products, and to differentiate themselves from their competitors by instilling confidence in their operations. Finally, the tool serves as an opportunity for producer country governments to promote their national forest sector to import markets.

    While the Open Timber Portal will initially focus on the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Republic of Congo, WRI is working on expanding the scope to other relevant timber producing countries, following first with Gabon and Cameroon. The portal will launch in fall of 2017. To sign up for updates or to participate in user testing, please visit the OTP website. For questions, contact Marie Vallee at marie.vallee@wri.org.

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    Figure 1: The operator page on the Open Timber Portal, highlighting the percentage of documents shared by the company.

    Open Timber Portal Screenshot

    Figure 2: The operator page on the Open Timber Portal, highlighting the number of observations of suspected non-compliance submitted by independent forest monitors.

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  • Strengthening non state actors’ involvement in forest governance in Indonesia

    27 September 2017
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    Forest governance training Indonesia

    CIDT forest governance and capacity building experts Richard Nyirenda and Des Mahony delivered a Forest Governance and Training of Trainers course in Indonesia, hosted by Burung Indonesia from the 4-15 September 2017. The two-week training course was held as part of an EU funded project coordinated by Birdlife International. The project is also implemented in Malaysia, Philippines and Papua New Guinea.

    The training course involved participants from civil society, private sector (Ecosystem Restoration Concessions) and government (Ministry of Environment and Forestry – Forest Management Units). Learning was focused on building the skills and understanding of participants on forest governance,as well as the development and delivery of training programmes. During the course participants had the opportunity to develop innovative and collaborative responses to governance challenges in Indonesia. At the end of the course, participants developed individual action plans on how they will integrate the lessons learned into their day to day work. Topics covered during the course included:

    • Drivers of poor forest governance
    • Corruption and criminality in the forest sector
    • Timber legality assurance systems (TLAS)
    • Forest governance monitoring and assessment
    • Multi-stakeholder processes
    • Communication and Presentation skills
    • Training Needs Assessments
    • Training and Learning Methods

    The training course was officially opened by the Director General for Sustainable Management of Production Forests in the Indonesian Ministry of Environment and Forestry, Pak Djohan Utama Perbatasari. He highlighted that the training was critical in building the capacity of stakeholders in improving forest governance in Indonesia within the framework of both FLEGT-VPA and REDD+ and in supporting the Ecosystem Restoration Working Group to contribute positively toward the policy making process in Indonesia. Indonesia is the first country to issue FLEGT licenses since November, 2016.

    Similar courses led by CIDT will be held in the Philippines, Malaysia and Papua New Guinea in the next few months.

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  • CIDT participate in Caribbean Forum to tackle the regional project implementation deficit

    26 September 2017
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    Daniel Best, Director of Projects

    As Hurricane Maria swept across the Caribbean with destructive force, representatives of the region’s Governments assembled in Barbados to attend the Leadership and Transformation Forum hosted by the Caribbean Development Bank. In the context of tepid economic growth, and high fiscal deficit, with 1 in 10 people living in food poverty, the Forum targeted the delivery of results within the context of vulnerable small island states.

    CIDT’s Ella Haruna participated in order to inform CIDT’s ongoing development of the curriculum of Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) training modules; and ensure the reflection of these cutting edge regional challenges. CIDT has been awarded the contract to deliver project cycle management training in 19 Borrowing Member Countries in 2017-18.

    Mr Daniel Best, Director of Projects at the Caribbean Development Bank, opened the conference, with opening remarks from the Vice-President Operations, Ms Monica La Bennett and Dr Warren Smith, President of CDB. Political will and capacity constraints were identified as the two key factors to explain the high level of inaction on project and programme implementation. It was noted that in some countries the project implementation rate sits at 20%, a result that in time leads to poor portfolio performance for the Bank itself. Strong emphasis was placed on training and capacity development including the CDB Public Policy Analysis and Management (PPAM) and Project Cycle Management (PCM) training programme, of which CIDT is a training provider.

    Dr  Justin Ram, Director of the Economics Department, compared the traditional path to economic development pursued by countries including the UK, to the alternative economic strategies of low debt and prudent fiscal management followed by Malaysia, New Zealand, Sweden and others – a model for the Caribbean context.

    Dato Sri Idria Jala, CEO of Pemandu Malaysia, gave a highly inspirational address on the secrets of transformational leadership based on the success of an eight-step methodology followed in Malaysia and many other countries, noting that “If you want to be a high income country, you must be inclusive”.

    Sir Michael Barber spoke on the concept of “Deliverology” as a discipline, based on his experience of running the Delivery Unit under the Tony Blair administration in the UK, as well as his book “How to Run a Government”.

    The Prime Minister of Grenada, Dr the Honourable Keith Mitchell, currently sitting as the Chair of both CDB and CARICOM, addressed the forum on the new fiscal culture of responsibility in his country. He concluded with a leadership lesson on bringing people with you, “If you want to walk fast, walk alone; if you want to walk far, walk together”. Grenada will be one of the first two countries to participate in CIDT’s training programme, which will begin in October 2017.

    View the conference web page for more details on the speakers and to view the agenda.

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  • University level capacity building programmes to support FLEGT-VPA implementation in Cameroon

    25 September 2017
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    MOU with Dschang University

    With support from CIDT, the Faculty of Agronomy and Agricultural Sciences (FASA) at Dschang University has received funding from the Food and Agricultural Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) to create new training courses in forest governance that will help to meet the EU-FLEGT (Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade) requirements.

    Having helped to develop this project, CIDT will contribute as a technical partner along with another organisation, the ‘Pole of Support to the Professionalisation of the Higher Education in Central Africa’ (PAPESAC). The participation of the University of Wolverhampton is in line with the implementation of the joint letter of intent signed between the Dschang University and the University of Wolverhampton in June 2016 (pictured above).

    Training in the areas of forest governance and the environment been a priority for some years in Cameroon, thanks to the numerous national and international development opportunities in these areas, particularly regarding the transition to a green economy. However, since the VPA (Voluntary Partnership Agreement) with the European Union was initiated in 2011, capacity strengthening activities have been targeted predominantly at civil society organisations. This alone will not meet the levels expected for VPA implementation and for creating a system of sustainable governance of forest resources in Cameroon. Therefore, there is still a need for training current and future professionals in the sector, a need which this project addresses.

    FAO, CIDT and PAPESAC are supporting Dschang University in the development of three training programmes in the field of forest governance, which have potential to be extended to the whole Central African subregion. The programmes consist of:

    • Ongoing training for current professionals, aimed at updating their skills in relation to emergent problems in the forestry sector;
    • A transversal training programme for students from non-forestry related subjects, such as the sciences and social sciences, in order to extend the culture of governance and forest governance to other disciplines;
    • A forest governance training programme for HE students undertaking environmental and forestry degrees in Cameroon.

    These programmes will be directed by a multidisciplinary team of researchers and teachers at Dschang University and will help raise the quality of current and future professionals in Cameroon.

     

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  • Capacity building workshop prepares project partners to conduct gender needs analyses

    22 September 2017
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    CV4C gender training workshop

    In March 2017, CIDT conducted a workshop to train representatives from forest governance NGO implementing partners on the CV4C project.

    CV4C gender training workshop

    The purpose of the workshop was to prepare participants to conduct a gender needs analysis of their institution and a gender and forest governance and monitoring analysis of their own countries (Cameroon, Central African Republic, Gabon, DRC and the Republic of Congo).

    The workshop programme covered basic concepts and issues related to gender and forest governance and forest monitoring. The process of conducting a needs analysis was introduced and participants were given the opportunity to practice in local NGOs. Participants also learnt to conduct a gender policy analysis, as well as a national gender and forestry analysis. The workshop was highly participatory and provided many practice opportunities.

    CV4C gender training workshop

    Grace Ollomo from partner Brainforest in Gabon attended the gender training: “We are a partner NGO to the CV4C project, and had not fully considered a gender perspective during the implementation of our activity. However, through this capacity building, gender issues will now be integrated into our activities regarding forest governance in Gabon.”

    Since the workshop took place gender analyses have been successfully conducted in the five project countries in the Congo Basin. Two of the main needs identified by partners in all five project countries were for gender orientation training for their organisations and for the Forest Monitoring platforms; and support for developing their own gender strategies.

    These identified needs are being met by a series of gender orientation workshops conducted in each country. The workshops will also introduce the development of gender strategies, which will be followed in 2018 by technical assistance from the Regional Gender Specialist to assist each implementing partner to develop their gender strategy.

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  • Gabon CSOs learn about Independent Monitoring (IM)

    19 September 2017
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    IFM Training Gabon

    A two-week training course on the concept of Independent Monitoring (IM) was organised in Libreville, from 21 August to 1 September 2017. The training aimed to strengthening capacities of stakeholders in the field of forest governance monitoring through the use of independent monitoring tools and techniques.

    Involving both a theoretical and practical phase, the training was delivered to members of a CSO platform called ʺGabon, Ma Terre Mon Droitʺ, Forestry Administration and the technical staff of Brainforest. As part of the CV4C project, the training took place with the support of partner FLAG, which provided IM experts to lead the workshops.

    There were discussions on presenting the concept and tools of independent monitoring, in order to improve the technical capabilities of the administration as well as Gabonese civil society in the monitoring and management of forest resources.

    The training involved two phases: theoretical and practical:

    During the four days theoretical training, learners individually trained on the concepts of Good Governance, Forest Governance and Independent Monitoring. A presentation, followed by exchanges in the framework of the national implementation of IM in Gabon and the possible fields of monitoring, also helped to inform learners on the major phases during the implementation of an Independent Monitoring.

    Trainees discussed the methodology for planning and carrying out an Independent Monitoring mission, punctuated by exercises in the transcription of geographical information as well as legal analysis of information.

    Mrs. Rose ONDO of CURFOD attended the workshops, “this training is very useful for the Gabonese civil society, at the time when we face several burning problems that affect communities; these include issues of land ownership and land grabbing by agro-industries, as well as  issues concerning illegal logging, where communities are sometimes complicit.

    Referring to the role of the civil society, she further said that “the first thing to do is to go to the communities with the knowledge and tools acquired during the training in order to sensitise and supervise them so that they can actually enjoy their rights, and be able to be a source of information for the civil society by denouncing abuses and irregularities. To this end, we need to equip ourselves to understand the rights of the communities in the various texts and laws. ”

    The practical phase consisted of the preparation and carrying out of an independent monitoring mission in a forest concession with assistance of the central and local forestry administration and the concessionaire. The exercise was divided into three actions: documentary research, interviews and on-site observation.

    Mrs Horline NJIKE BILOGUE MVOGO considered the context of the training, “Brainforest is a partner in the CV4C project and has requested training in Independent Monitoring (IM). It is in this context that FLAG has programmed this training to share its experience with the Gabonese civil societyʺ. According to Mrs Mvogo, “IM is this right of view that every citizen has concerning its environment. As a citizen of the Congo Basin, I have the right and the duty to express my views on natural resources management, simply because I am the first to be impacted when they are poorly managed. Through the IM, the Civil Society finds a concerted, coordinated and coherent means to intervene in the monitoring of the good management of natural resources; IM therefore appears to be an instrument that everyone can appropriate.ʺ

    Certificate presentations

     

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  • Intensive Monitoring and Evaluation Clinic for the International Labour Organisation

    12 September 2017
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    Monitoring and Evaluation Clinic for the International Labour Organisation

    The International Labour Organisation (ILO) of the United Nations use Results Based Management systems for the design and delivery of their international project and programmes. The Monitoring, Review and Evaluation of these programmes was the focus of an M&E Clinic held in the Regional ILO office in Budapest, Hungary led by Philip Dearden, Head of CIDT.

    The M&E Clinic was attended by senior regional ILO staff from Albania, Moldovia, Macedonia, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Ukraine.

    The learning objectives of the event were: to provide a refresher on key concepts of results measurement; and practice its application to current or future interventions of the ILO office in the sub region.

    Specific topics covering in the M&E Clinic were:

    • The rationale for results measurement and the ‘results chain’;
    • Seven simple planning steps and seven key questions to ask;
    • Logical Frameworks and Theories of Change;
    • Key concepts of results measurement and its application to key areas of intervention of ILO in the sub-region;
    • Monitoring, Reviews and Evaluations;
    • Practical Monitoring, Review and Evaluation tools.

    Live ILO projects and programmes on youth employment, collective bargaining, and minimum wages were selected for discussion and development.  Five specific ILO projects/programmes were developed:

    1. Improving Human Resource Development in Moldova;
    2. Creating an “Enabling Environment” for Business in Ukraine;
    3. Improving Occupational Health and Safety in the Mining Industry in Ukraine;
    4. The provision of Decent Work in the Bosnia and Herzegovina Country Programme;
    5. The Development of inclusive Labour Markets for Job Creation in Ukraine.

    The M&E Clinic was followed by a full day of a participatory Annual Review and Country Level Planning session for the ILO Sub region. This was attended by 47 staff from across the region.

    Images from the training

    Below: Markus Pilgrim, ILO Regional Director, opens the M&E Clinic for senior Regional Staff.

    Below: Markus Pilgrim closing the Clinic with a lively session on   “What not to do! – Frequently observed mistakes in Project Design and Monitoring and Evaluation work.”

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Some participant’s comments from the end of Clinic Evaluation forms:

    “Excellent facilitation”

    “Really good training techniques used”

    “Relevance of the topics and examples reviewed”

    “I enjoyed every minute of it!”

    “Using real projects proposals to contextualise the theory and concepts in M and E.”

    “The sessions on ‘Theory of Change’ were very useful.”

    “I really like the deep explanations of the meaning of blocks of the logframe.”

    “Working on concrete issues was really good.”

    “Carefully prepared materials – these were really useful – Thank you for them.”

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  • CV4C project in Gabon: meeting local communities and authorities

    1 August 2017
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    CV4C Gabon Mission de sensibilisation

    As part of the framework of ‘Citizen Voices for Change: Congo Basin Forest Monitoring project’ in Gabon, a 20-day mission was initiated by Brainforest, beginning 16 July 2017. It took a general approach of presenting the project to stakeholders (territorial and technical administrations, local NGOs and local communities) to see what synergies could be developed during project implementation.

    For ten days, the field mission team separately met with administrative and technical authorities, local communities of Cocobeach in the Estuary province, as well as those of Ngounié and Nyanga.  These initial meetings led to a strong awareness of local communities on “the interest to act towards the protection of forests against the dangers of deforestation by their direct involvement in forest monitoring activities”. This outreach tour to promote awareness will continue within the provinces of Ogooué-Ivindo and Woleu-Ntem.

    This initial mission, which culminates on 4 August 2017, and whose main action is to identify ways of collaborating with specific stakeholders, will make it possible to later identify priority areas for forest monitoring in Gabon. The ultimate goal being the attainment of “improving the quality and availability of information from independent sources on compliance with legal standards in forestry and land tenure”.

    CV4C Gabon Mission de sensibilisation CV4C Gabon Mission de sensibilisation

    “Citizens  Voices for Change: Congo Basin Forest Monitoring  project” (CV4C), whose official launch took place on 24 April 2017 in Kinshasa, has been implemented thanks to financial support from the European Union, the World Resources Institute (WRI), as well as technical support of the CIDT of  the University of Wolverhampton. This four-year project aims to strengthen the contribution of Non State Actors (NSAs), Civil Society  Organisations (CSOs), Indigenous Peoples (IPs) and local communities –  in Improving forest governance and sustainable forest management (SFM) within the five  countries of the Congo Basin ( Gabon, Cameroon, DRC, and Republic of  Congo).

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