Ministers of Forestry and Wildlife in Central African countries met at Douala, Cameroon from March 1 to March 4, 2021, to validate the sub-region’s forestry convergence plan for 2021-2025.
The workshop was presided over by Jules Doret Ndongo, Cameroon’s Minister of Forestry and Wildlife, who is the current president of Central African Forest Commission COMIFAC).
During the four-day workshop, the ministers evaluated the results of the conservation operations plan and the sustainable management of forestry ecosystems that was validated in 2014 in Brazzaville, the Republic of Congo, to streamline it to the new five-year plan and current challenges.
“This plan comes to support efforts by our countries which are faced with major challenges and other obstacles confronting the continent and most particularly the sub-region namely, the devastating effects of climatic change, the loss of biodiversity caused by the practices of illicit exploitation of forestry and wildlife and the degradation of the soil especially in desert zones,” said Minister Ndongo.
The Cameroonian Minister of Forestry and Wildlife revealed that this convergence plan previews the coordination and harmonisation of the policies geared towards the preservation of forestry biodiversity.
Subregional forestry experts at the workshop identified the main actors, the money, and policy programming necessary to achieve their goals.
The workshop enabled participants to identify the efforts deployed, the points on which supplementary engagements must be undertaken, the resort to technical partners and a clearer roadmap which is more precise on the questions of financing, without which the forest cannot play its economic role which in turn could culminate in the amelioration of the living conditions of the populations.
Adopted in Feb. 2005 in Brazzaville, Congo during the second summit of heads of state of the sub-region on forestry for a period of ten years, this convergence plan has since been revised.
The revised version which was the subject of a study in Douala was validated in July 2014 by the Council of Ministers of COMIFAC for a period of 10 years from 2015 to 2025.