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Congo Basin Forest Partnership

Partner(s)

Governments:
Government of United States of America - U.S. Department of State
Government of Belgium - Government of Belgium
Government of Cameroon
Government of Canada
Government of Central African Republic
Government of Congo
Government of Democratic Republic of the Congo
Government of Equatorial Guinea
Government of France
Government of Gabon
Government of Germany
Government of Japan
Government of South Africa
Government of United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland - United Kingdom
Government of United States of America

Major Groups:
Assoc. Technique Internationale des Bois Tropicaux (France)
Center for International Forestry Research (Indonesia)
Jane Goodall Institute (United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland)
American Forest & Paper Association (United States of America)
Conservation International (United States of America)
Forest Trends (United States of America)
Society of American Foresters (United States of America)
Wildlife Conservation Society (United States of America)
World Resources Institute (United States of America)
World Wildlife Fund (United States of America)

UN System:
The World Bank (United States of America)

Other intergovernmental organizations:
The European Commission (Belgium)
International Tropical Timber Organization (Japan)
IUCN- The World Conservation Union (Switzerland)

Description/achievement of initiative

The Congo Basin Forest Partnership (CBFP) aims to promote the sustainable management of the Congo Basins' forests and wildlife by improving communication, cooperation, and collaboration among all the partners. It does not intend to create new institutions, but through the partnership forum and transparency and information sharing to assist partners and their associates to work better. Principal objectives include the preservation of the biodiversity and ecology of the forest and wildlife, placing their protection and use on a sustainable basis for the long-term benefit of the region's inhabitants. Examples of support contemplated or extended by partners include support for community-based sustainable forest and wildlife management, better timber harvesting and processing technologies, ecotourism, increasing capacity in public and private sectors, improvement of law and law enforcement infrastructures, realizing their contributions to the alleviation of poverty. Target themes are provided by an updated regional master plan being developed by the Conference of Ministers of Forests of Central Africa (COMIFAC).The Congo Basin forest is the second largest intact tropical forest in the world. It purifies the air and it catches, cleans, and sends to the ocean the waters from millions of hectares of pristine forests upon which the Congo Basin's inhabitants depend for their livelihood and survival. Within their forests are an incredible number of species of plants, trees, animals, and insects. The forest is a global treasure whose resources must be protected and conserved for the environmental and economic good of the citizens of the Congo Basin, of Africa, and for mankind. The forest is concentrated in six countries in the Congo Basin Region.

The framework for the Congo Basin Forest Partnership is the Yaounde Declaration which was agreed to in 1999 by central African heads of State. That framework aims to protect forests through the harmonization of forest policies, protected areas, regulations against poaching and the adoption of practices for sustainable forest use. It recognized the ecological significance of key mixed landscapes which are critical to longer term forest conservation and sustainable management

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