Subject: CBFP Flash News 09/2018

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Newsletter 09/2018

The Belgian CBFP Facilitation has received a number of amendments to the first draft of the Brussels Declaration which it has incorporated into the text. Please find attached the new version of the draft "Brussels Declaration".


This document summarises the conclusions of the London Conference on the Illegal Wildlife Trade held on 11 to 12 October 2018. It notes the actions adopted by countries and commitments made by them and the international community, in challenging the illegal wildlife trade and its effects.


From 24 to 27 September 2018, about 150 participants from 27 countries, including the following African countries (Benin, Ethiopia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Republic of Congo, Kenya, Mozambique, Madagascar, Nigeria, Tunisia), Japan, Indonesia, USA, China, Canada and European countries (Finland, France...


The organization of the scientific day is fully in line with the road map of the Belgian CBFP Facilitation. Research on the Congo Basin forests should be used to set priorities for action and to sound the alarm bells so that policy makers become aware of the situation and act accordingly.


...These results constitute a critical step for the estimation and monitoring of biomass/carbon stocks contained in the second largest contiguous block of tropical forests worldwide, and the successful implementation of climate change mitigation strategies, such as REDD+.


Last week NGOs launched a EU Forest Manifesto calling for political groups, candidates for the European elections and EU leaders to support forests and forest peoples in their work.


New York, 28 Sep 2018 The Green Climate Fund has today announced that its Board will consider projects to a value of USD 1,148.4M for approval at its meeting next month.


The Biodiversity in Protected Areas Management (BIOPAMA) Program is leveraging its network of protected areas (PA) managers, conservationists, researchers, and associated multilateral agencies operating in the same sphere, to undertake the first State of Protected Areas (SoPA) report for the Caribbean region in over two decades.


In recent years, there has been a trend for African states to delegate protected area management to private partners. Central Africa is confronted with rapidly declining wildlife populations, with scarce funding and poor incentives as root causes. This raises the question as to whether management delegation can counter this trend...


Libreville (Gabonese Republic), 25 September 2018- The Deputy Secretary-General of the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS), the Honorable Tabu Abdallah Manirakiza and the Head of Mission of the African Development Bank ( AfDB) Mr. DIOP Amadou Bamba, Environmentalist at the AfDB, this morning signed the memorandum of understanding on preparations for the Support Program for the Conservation of Ecosystems and Resilience to Climate Change in Central Africa ( PACEBCo2).

The President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Joseph Kabila Kabange, has symbolically incinerated more than one ton of elephant ivory and over a ton of pangolin scales. The incineration ceremony was held on Sunday, September 30, at the N'sele wildlife park, located close to the city of Kinshasa province.


The President of Gabon, Ali Bongo, announced on September 26, during a visit to a Rougier-owned sawmill, that all logging concessions in Gabon would be required to get FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certified.  There are close to forty active concessions in Gabon, covering nearly 16 million hectares. FSC is considered the world’s most stringent forest management label.


This briefing examines how extensive forest tenure and resource mapping by local communities in Mai Ndombe province has major implications for DRC’s flagship jurisdictional REDD+ programme, especially in terms of land and carbon rights, land management, and distribution of benefits from anticipated emissions reductions activities.


The Star Big Read: State grows bamboos to save water towers
mongabay : Int’l protections not stopping pangolin overexploitation in Cameroon
Charter on the mangroves of Gabon
Traffic: London Conference - will tough talk translate into tangible action?

From May 2013 to May 2017, the Congo’s one-stop shop for opening a new business approved the launch of 6,181 companies. The Democratic Republic of the Congo continues to attract to investors vying for entrance into this country whose soil is one the world’s richest, making Congo a geological scandal.

With a 145,500-square-kilometer swath of peatlands in Central Africa newly identified as an important storage of carbon, researchers, decision-makers and practitioners are now discussing the likelihood of and means for keeping this water-logged area intact.

Ahead of World Elephant Day this Sunday, 12 August, African Parks wanted you to be the first to hear the good news from Zakouma National Park. Zakouma has had a very troubled past. Between 2002 to 2010 approximately 4,000 elephants were killed for their ivory, and only 450 elephants remained.

From 3 to 4 July 2018, the conference hall of Le Paradis hotel’s Chalet Bantu in Kribi hosted a workshop on participatory assessment of transparency in Cameroon’s forestry and environmental sector.

 Aurélien Barrau, an astrophysicist, ignited social networks with a well-thought and captivating piece on global warming and mankind’s role in its own destruction.

BONN, Germany (Landscape News) — Landscape restoration initiatives must include the voices and involvement of indigenous peoples, and particularly women, to ensure success. That was the main message from participants at a session on Land Territory and Natural Resource, Traditional Knowledge and Climate Adaptation, hosted by the Indigenous Peoples Major Group for Sustainable Development (IPMG) at the recent Global Landscape Forum conference in Nairobi.

In September the Nouabalé-Ndoki National Park bid farewell to Nicholas Radford, Head of the Admin & Finance Department for the past two-years, and welcomed Camille Raynaud who will soon arrive in Bomassa to take over this important role.  The task is often ungrateful as the hard work of the park's administration and logistics departments often takes place behind the scenes.

In 2015, the African Forest Landscape Restoration Initiative (AFR100) set out to bring 100 million hectares of degraded land across its namesake continent into restoration by 2030. Commitments to the initiative from 27 different countries have now exceeded this target area by 11 million hectares.

Unenvironment: Making trade work for the environment, prosperity and resilience
EFI: Exploring GTTN Network in Africa
Unenvironment: The new buzz in elephant conservation: a bee-scented repellent
Globallandscapesforum: New GEF funds could help smallholder farmers with landscape planning

Throughout history, times of crisis have yielded extraordinary innovation and social cooperation. Not only has this been essential for conquering many seemingly insurmountable challenges, but it has also shown one of the greatest strengths of human nature: we can best face and overcome crises through joint, creative action.

 The sub-regional workshop aims primarily to strengthen the skills of COMIFAC negotiators in light of the findings of various discussions held by different bodies during the Bangkok special session, to ensure that the sub-region takes an active and meaningful part in the Katowice Conference.

In August, just before the celebration of World Elephant Day, a big result was achieved for the elephants of Nouabale-Ndoki and the Republic of Congo. Indeed, the country adopted its National Action Plan for Elephants (NAPE), a huge step forward for elephant conservation.

The conference AFORPOLIS 1 is organised in cooperation with the University of Göttingen in Germany and the IUFRO (International Union of Forest Research Organisations). The conference benefits from a substantial support of the Centre for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) and the Centre for International Development and Training (CIDT/ University of Wolverhampton).

Traffic- EMPTY SHELLS: Inside the illegal abalone trade
Devex-UN General Assembly, USAID vs. China, and an aid donors' report card: This week in development
Peatlands – A landscape to discover, 4 October 2018, 12:00 - 13:30 CEST
blogs.fco: The fight against the illegal wildlife trade CAN be won

This first in a series of short MappingForRights information briefs provides a general overview of the programme, how it is helping to transform perceptions of forests in the Congo Basin and looks ahead to what this means for various forest reforms in the region.

The Société Financière des Caoutchouc (Socfin) group is among the world’s biggest independent plantation owners, managing 187,000 hectares of mostly oil palm and rubber plantations in Asia and Africa, where it has been operating for more than a century. Meanwhile controversy of various kinds has dogged Socfin in recent years.

Driven by sophisticated transnational criminal networks and local gangs, the illegal abalone trade has been fuelled by deeply entrenched socio-economic disparities in the Western Cape, bitterly contested fishing quotas, drugs, and gang violence. Download report…

RIFFEAC (The Central African Network of Forestry and Environmental Training Institutions) is COMIFAC’s technical partner in forestry and environmental training. It was established in Libreville on 5 October 2001 with the following 8 founding member institutions: the Faculty of Agronomy and Agricultural Sciences (FASA) of the University of Dschang, the Mbalmayo National School of Water and Forests (ENEF), the Garoua Training School for Wildlife Specialists (EFG), the Cap Estérias National School of Water and Forests (ENEF), the Marien Ngouabi Institute of Rural Development....

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The World Wide Fund for Nature seeks a Consultant to support the Ad hoc Committee in charge of the Finalization of the National Sustainable Palm Oil Strategy (NSPOS). Deadline for applications: 10 days upon publication of offer.

UICN- Monitoring and Evaluation Officer, Conserving Natural Capital and Enhancing Collaborative Management of Transboundary Resources in East Africa (CONNECT) project

The Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Officer is responsible for the development and implementation of M&E activities related to the project including: Monitoring, Evaluation, Reporting and Documentation, Planning, Learning and Sharing and other responsibilities.

The responsibility of the Senior Climate Finance Officer will be to coordinate financial management of the Internal and External Climate and Environment Funds’ portfolio under implementation/management by AfDB. Under the leadership and guidance of the Manager PECG.1 and in close collaboration with the Funds’ operation coordinators, the incumbent provides leadership in budgeting, financial reporting and administrative matters to facilitate efficient, cost-effective implementation of the Division’s core business functions. Closing date: 16/11/2018

The training culminates in forest governance certificates, with grading based on successfully completed modules. Training location: CRESA Forêts-Bois, Nkolbisson, Yaoundé, Date of training: February 12 to 22, 2019

Working under the supervision of the International Union for Conservation of Nature ESARO Technical Coordinator, Conservation Areas & Species Programme, the Project Manager will be responsible for the performance, communications, partner relationships, and all technical aspects of the project as well as developing and maintaining strong relationships with the East African Community and the project partners.

The International Union for Conservation of Nature is looking for a Technical Officer, BIOPAMA Regional Resource Hub for Biodiversity and Protected Areas who will be responsible for coordinating the development of the Resource Hub for Biodiversity and Protected Areas and expanding the networks of contributors and users in Eastern and Southern Africa. She/he will work closely with Protected Area agencies and Regional Experts in collection and collation of data and information for effective management and governance of the protected and conserved areas in the region.

African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) works with the people of Africa to ensure its wildlife and wild lands thrive in modern Africa. The organization is seeking high-performing individuals to fill the position of Wildlife Law Enforcement Associate. S/he will assist the supervisor in the advancement of AWF’s engagement in wildlife law enforcement and enhancement of deterrent sentencing of wildlife crimes in francophone Africa.

African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) works with the people of Africa to ensure its wildlife and wild lands thrive in modern Africa. The organization is seeking high-performing individuals to fill the position of Wildlife Law Enforcement Associate. S/he will assist the supervisor in the advancement of AWF’s engagement in wildlife law enforcement and enhancement of deterrent sentencing of wildlife crimes in francophone Africa.

African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) is seeking a high-performing individuals to fill the position of Senior Community Project Officer (SCDO). She/he will be responsible for working with different stakeholders to assist local communities living around Mkomazi National Park in the Tsavo-Mkomazi landscape to implement AWF's project, Strengthening community engagement in anti-poaching operations and reducing human-wildlife conflicts in the cross-border area of Tsavo (Kenya) and Mkomazi (Tanzania).

USAID's Biodiversity Results and Integrated Development Gains Enhanced Project (BRIDGE) is looking for a Local Fisheries Expert. She/he will work as part of a team led by the Political Economy Analysis Expert to synthesize and analyze existing information, conduct key stakeholder consultations and site visits to ground-truth information and contribute to a report that will address various issues. 

The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) Africa Program is seeking a dynamic, experienced individual to lead the Madagascar program. The Country Director will work closely with the Regional Director to ensure alignment between country program activities and the regional structure. The Madagascar Country Director is WCS's legal representative in Madagascar and is responsible for all WCS activities in the country. Application deadline: 19 October 2018.
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