Illegal logging in the Congo Basin: A regional workshop on law enforcement from 14th to 16th November, in Yaoundé

14 November 2017
459 Views
Comments are off for this post

The purpose of this conference, organised in collaboration with the Interpol Regional Office for Central Africa, is to strengthen the contribution of non-state actors (civil society organisations, indigenous peoples and community organisations) to improving forest governance.

Improving forest governance, sustainable forest management as well as the contribution of forests to the development of the Congo Basin, is amongst the many goals of the Centre for International Development and Training (CIDT) of the University of Wolverhampton (United Kingdom), through the Citizen Voices for Change (CV4C) project and its international, regional and national partners.

In an attempt to strengthen the contribution of non-state actors (civil society organisations, indigenous peoples and community organisations) in this regard, a regional workshop/conference is being held on law enforcement from 1416 November 2017, in Yaoundé at the Interpol Regional Office for Central Africa.

This conference is being carried out as part of the annual activities of the Interpol Regional Office for Central Africa, with the aim of bringing law enforcement authorities and civil society together, in order to share information on their different roles, explore mechanisms for information exchange and build collaboration and mutual trust in their efforts to improve forest governance, as well as to fight illegal logging and trade.

In terms of objectives, this will focus on developing joint strategies to fight forest crimes and related crimes; enhance the effectiveness of law enforcement agencies in the prevention and control of forest crimes; to promote national and transnational collaboration amongst different stakeholders, and also to strengthen the contribution of non-state actors (civil society organisations, indigenous peoples and community organisations) in improving forest governance, sustainable forest management as well as the contribution of forests to the development of the Congo Basin.

It must be noted that this workshop, the first of its kind, takes place in a context where forest and land use policies are exposed to corruption, illegal trade, but also to the crucial problem of transparency in the Congo Basin, all to the detriment of the indigenous peoples in part, and also resulting to huge economic losses.

—-

Lore E. SOUHESee original article (in French) at Cameroon Info Net.
Article by Lore E. SOUHE • contact@cameroon-info.net • @loresouheCIN