State of the Forest 2010

The design of the 2010 State of the Forest report does not differ fundamentally from that of the 2008 report and relies on indicators decided on collectively by about sixty contributors. Data collection was organized from 2009 to 2010 using national groups consisting of four to ten members, depending on the countries, all of whom worked for public administrations dealing with forest issues. Data collected, covering for the most part 2008 and 2009, was validated during national workshops for public administration officials, environmental NGO representatives, the private sector and development projects. The data served to support the inputs provided by contributors of chapters for the current report, under the supervision of internationally recognized scientific committees. Furthermore, a State of the Forest 2010 sub-regional validation workshop was organized from 29 to 30 March 2011 for about 100 participants working in forest management, comprising representatives from the ten COMIFAC member countries, and several of its partners.

The required citation is:
The Forests of the Congo Basin - State of the Forest 2010, Eds: de Wasseige C., de Marcken P., Bayol N., Hiol Hiol F., Mayaux Ph., Desclée B., Nasi R., Billand A., Defourny P. and Eba’a Atyi R -2012. Publications Office of the European Union. Luxembourg. 276 p. ISBN: 978-92-79-22716-5 , doi: 10.2788/47210


The report is divided into four main sections:


Full report 2010 (8.4 MB)
Summary of Report 2010 (4.2 MB)


List of contributors, Acronyms, Preface and Introduction (639.4 KB)

PART 1 - The Central African Forests: regional synthesis of monitoring indicators

Chap.1:Central African forest cover and cover change mapping (1.2 MB)
Chap.2:Forest management and the timber sector in Central Africa (681.1 KB)
Chap.3:Biodiversity in Central African forests: An overview of knowledge, main challenges and conservation measures (1.3 MB)

PART 2 - Impact of the Informal Sectors on Forest Management in Central Africa

Chap.4:An appraisal of chainsaw milling in the Congo Basin (489.9 KB)
Chap.5:Contribution of woodfuel to meet the energy needs of the population of Central Africa: prospects for sustainable management of available resources (592.2 KB)
Chap.6:The role of wildlife for food security in Central Africa: a threat to biodiversity? (390.5 KB)
Chap.7:Non-timber forest products: contribution to national economy and strategies for sustainable management (638.2 KB)

PART 3 - Current challenges facing Forest Management in Central Africa

Chap.8:International negotiations on the future climate regime beyond 2012: achievements from Copenhagen to Cancún and benefits to the forests of the Congo Basin (457.6 KB)
Chap.9:2008-2009 Economic crisis and its impact on the forestry sector in central Africa (511.4 KB)

PART 4 - Landscape management

Chap.10:Protected area management in CBFP landscapes: taking stock (634.7 KB)
Chap.11:Forest zoning experience in Central Africa (1.5 MB)

Bibliography (168.8 KB)
Annexes (443.3 KB)