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 (MEFP – CAR), Centre pour l’Environnement et le Développement (CED – Cameroun), Centre pour l’Information Environnementale et de Développement Durable (CIEDD – CAR), Forest Peoples Program (FPP – Cameroun & UK).
Partners reviewed progress made to date in strengthening civil society organisations (CSOs) and civil society platforms as well as achievements made to improve the participation of forest people and CSOs in forest governance including the Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA)/FLEGT process. This included an analysis and discussion of the preliminary results of the mid-term review.
The meeting also involved:
- Planning for the last 6-7 months of the project, including discussion of what final products would be helpful to the partners and beneficiaries (as well as future programs) in order to capture lessons learned and share the experience of the project over its 3-year life cycle; and
- Reflection/discussion on exit plans and sustainability strategies, to ensure that results attained to date can be sustained beyond the end of the project.