Put your money where your mouth is: sustainable support for forest monitoring

CIDT was honoured to be involved in the international climate change summit – COP26 in Glasgow, Scotland. Through its collaboration with the Central African Forest Commission (COMIFAC) and Congo Basin Forest Partnership (CBFP), CIDT organised a panel discussion entitled – Saving Africa’s Congo Basin Rainforest, People and Biodiversity. The panel discussion was held on 11th November 2021 in the COMIFAC pavilion. The panel was facilitated by Prof Philip Dearden and CIDT’s Prof Aurelian MbzibainRichard Nyirenda and Sarah Thomas participated in the panel discussion. The other panellists were drawn from CIDT’s partners in the region – Lilian Barros of Comptoir Juridique Junior – Harrison Nnoko of AJESH Cameroon, and also included representatives from Chatham House – Dr Alison Hoare, the FAO – Arielle Nkodo of the FAO FLEGT Programme, the European Forestry Institute- Dr Jim Djontu, and the Association Technique Internationale des Bois Tropicaux (ATIBT) – Françoise Van de Ven.

The session highlighted the importance of the independent monitoring work that is undertaken by national civil society organisations and communities in the Congo basin. This work, which provides third party objective information about the forest sector, is vital to combatting illegal forest degradation and deforestation. Over the past decade or so, CIDT through its FCDO and EU funded projects has been strengthening the organisational and technical capacities of these organisations and community groups in carrying out their independent monitoring work.

Civil society-led independent monitoring continues to be critical given the key role that forests play in climate mitigation and adaptation. One of the main outcomes of COP26 Glasgow was the Global Forest Finance pledge – a commitment by 12 countries, including the UK, to collectively provide US$ 12 billion for forest-related climate finance between 2021 and 2025, and strengthen collaboration to halt and reverse forest loss and land degradation by 2030. The Global Forest Finance pledge will help reinforce and operationalise the Glasgow Leaders’ Declaration on Forests and Land Use. This historic announcement emphasises the critical and interdependent roles of forests of all types, biodiversity, and sustainable land use in enabling the world to meet its sustainable development goals; to help achieve a balance between anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions and removal by sinks; to adapt to climate change; and to maintain other ecosystem services. Independent monitoring will undoubtedly play a crucial role in ensuring that these pledges and commitments are met. CIDT therefore called for the international community to honour these historic pledges by providing reliable and sustainable support for the oversight role played by CSOs and local communities: the eyes and ears of the world in the global fight against deforestation.

Key resources

This event took place on 11 November 2021. Here are the key resources:

Over the past three decades CIDT’s engagement has made an impact on the lives of thousands of beneficiaries in Central and West Africa and contributed to the reduction of deforestation, wildlife trafficking and climate change. The organisation of this panel was made possible through the financial support of the EU funded PASGOF-SNOIE – Congo forest monitoring project and the UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Development Office Forest Governance Markets and Climate Programme.

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