In the Press
(Source: European Media Monitor)
Interactive Forest Atlas of Equatorial Guinea
4 November 2013
by the World Resources Institute
WRI has just launched the Interactive Forest Atlas of Equatorial Guinea. It was the last missing element of the atlases of the Congo Basin countries.The first Forest Atlas was released in 2005 for Cameroon, and since then Atlases have been developed for all of the countries in the Congo Basin. These Atlases are the product of a partnership between the World Resources Institute and national governments, in collaboration with the private sector, international donor agencies, and civil society groups.
Disponible sur http://www.wri.org/our-work/project/congo-basin-forest-atlases#project-tabs
Special Issue on African Rainforests
1 August 2013
Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society
The Bristish journal "Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society" has published a special issue on ‘Change in African rainforests: past, present and future' with many open access articles. The table of contents and the abstracts re available on http://rstb.royalsocietypublishing.org/content/368/1625.toc
Globallometree platform on-line
28 June 2013
Global database on allometric equations
For those who need allometric equations to calculate carbon stocks of forest, the Globallometree platform is now functional:
Globallometree provides access to a global database on allometric equations used to find the equations available based on search criteria (ecological zone, country, species ...). It also allows to download Fantallometrik dedicated to allometric equations software, download documentation on the allometric equations (including the FAO manual on allometric equations in English, French or Spanish), etc..
Atelier de validation de l'Etat des Forêts 2012
21 January 2013
Douala, 21 et 22 mars 2013
Les 21 et 22 mars 2013, à l'hôtel Sawa à Douala, l'OFAC organise l'atelier de validation de l'Etat des Forêts (EDF). Après les rapports sur l'Etat des Forêts 2005, 2006, 2008 et 2010 réalisés par les partenaires des Forêts du Bassin du Congo, l'OFAC fera le point sur l'état d'avancement de l'EDF 2012.
Cette réunion sera précédée par la 12ième réunion des partenaires du PFBC qui se tiendra au même lieu du 18 au 20 mars 2013. Plus d'informations sur http://pfbc-cbfp.org/evenements_fr/events/comifac-ofac-atelier-de-validation-de-letat-des-forets-2012-douala-cameroun.html
Side-event OFAC at the Convention of Biological Diversity
3 October 2012
Hyderabad, 9 october 2012, 18h15-19h45
This event, organised by OFAC, will detail the main conclusions of the recently published report “State of the Congo Basin Forests 2010” in five domains affecting the conservation of the biodiversity in the Congo Basin and presented by various partners involved in OFAC :
Forest-cover change (EC Joint Research Centre)
Non-timber Forest Products and fuel wood (CIFOR)
Bush meat consumption (TRAFFIC project by WWF)
Landscape-level management (CARPE program of USAid).
New OFAC Map Viewer
9 March 2012
A new map viewer is available on the OFAC web site and allows you for displaying basic layers (political, vegetation, satellite images, roadmap...) and data collected by OFAC (concessions, protected areas, landcspae...).
You can also retrieve the information on concessions through this geographical entry point. A help file is under producton. We are still improving some functions, like the printing, the number of possible layers...
Launch of the State of the Forest 2010
27 February 2012
Douala, 1st March
On Thursday 1st March, the President and the executive secretariat of the COMIFAC will present officially the State of the Forests 2010 at the Congo Basin Forest Partnership meeting. Complete version available.
Meeting of the Congo Basin Forests Partnership
11 February 2012
Douala, 27 February to 2 March
Three important meetings are organised in Douala at the hotel Sawa by COMIFAC and Congo Basin Forest Partnership.
27-28 Feb Needs in forestry research (co-organised with CIRAD, CIFOR and IRD)
29 Feb Day on forest governance in Congo Basin
1-2 March Meeting of the Congo Basin Forests Partnership
More details on http://ccr-rac.pfbc-cbfp.org/home.html
Conference "Climate Change, deforestation and the future of African Rain forests"
6 January 2012
Oxford, 4-6 Januray 2012
The Oxford Centre for Tropical Forests is hosting a conference that provides a multidisciplinary examination of the fate of African tropical forests in the 21st century. The aim of the meeting is to synthesise a scientific and authoritative summary of scientific insights into the future of African tropical forests, which will then be disseminated to a wider audience as an evidence base to inform decision-making.
All the presentations (slides and podcast) are available on http://www.eci.ox.ac.uk/africa/programme.php
Free SPOT data over the Congo Basin
10 November 2011
The French development agency AFD incollaboration with Astrium have announced at the Planet Action REDD+ workshop that the entire SPOT satellite image archive for the Congo Basin (over 2 million km2) is available online for approved REDD projects through an online portal:
This includes multiple time coverages of SPOT 1-5, (1998 to today) for forest cover mapping and change, with resolutions ranging from 2.5 to 20m.
Indicators dedicated to the monitoring of logging concessions
10 October 2011
OFAC, in strong collaboration with the project Forest Tranparency Initiative of the World Resource Institute, and national forest services, have collected many indicators by individual logging concession. These indicators are structured by (i) general information, (ii) management process, (iii) social aspects, (iv) environmental aspects. Visit the above-mentioned page, select a country and a concession and access all the detailed information. Maps will be developed in a near future.
Death of Wangari Maathai
26 Septemer 2011
Professor Wangari Muta Maathai, Congo Basin Roving Ambassador and 2004 Nobel Peace Price Winner died last 25 September 2011 in a hospital in Nairobi. Full of courage and inspiration, she shall always be remembered by the COMIFAC people area for her contribution in favour of the conservation, the sustainable management and development of Central African forest ecosystems. During a side-event in the Conference of Parties in Copenhagen in 2009, she made us the surprise to comment very positively the session we just presented (presentations available on http://www.observatoire-comifac.net/documents.php)
Deforestation atlas of Democratic Republic of Congo
22 June 2011
Forest cover and forest loss between 2000 and 2010
This atlas was produced as a part of the OSFAC (Observatoire Satellital des Forêts d'Afrique Centrale) initiative “Monitoring the forests of Central Africa using remotely sensed data sets” (FACET in French). FACET is led by OSFAC in collaboration with South Dakota State University and the University of Maryland, and supported by USAID CARPE. Additional support was provided by World Resources Institute. More about...
The State of Forests in the Amazon Basin, Congo Basin and Southeast Asia
8 June 2011
prepared for the Summit of the Three Rainforest Basins in Brazzaville
This report was prepared as a background document for the Summit of the Three Rainforest Basins, taking place in Brazzaville, Republic of Congo, on 31 May-3 June 2011. It draws on work undertaken by the FAO Forestry Department and the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO), two international organizations at the forefront of providing information on these forests and promoting their sustainable management. Downloadable in...
Validation workshop of the State of the Forests 2010
28 March 2011
Douala, 29-30 March 2011
The main objective of this workshop is to give the opportunity to the various stakeholders of the forest sector in Congo Basin to review the content and to validate the report on the State of the Forests 2010. A secondary objective is to define the table of contects of the State of the Forests 2012.
New report on Large-scale acquisition of lands and forest concessions
11 February 2011
by Alain Karsenty (CIRAD)
This report seeks to answer whether timber concessions allocated, among others, in Central Africa can be considered as part of the large-scale land acquisition (LSLA) process that is currently the subject of international debate, mainly targeting arable lands. It suggests also that the current forest concession system in Africa is declining due to several factors. This report is on line on RRI website: http://www.rightsandresources.org/publication_details.php?publicationID=2111
New module on Forest Management
11 January 2011
The Forest management module was modified and contains more synthesis information (in French only for the moment). Visit the page http://www.observatoire-comifac.net/pages/forestManagement.php
Decision of the COP-16 on REDD in Cancun
13 December 2010
The COP-16 in Cancun adopted a decision (Long Term Activity Working Group) with very important articles on REDD process. (articles 68 to 79). Downloadable document http://unfccc.int/files/meetings/cop_16/application/pdf/cop16_lca.pdf
Report on the lessons learned by the CARPE program available now
13 August 2010
on the web site of USAID CDIE and IUCN