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A look at Intact Forest Landscapes (IFLs) and their relevance in Central African forest policy

This study aims to evaluate the IFL concept and suggest additional or complementary paths for its implementation in the Central African region. Based on an extensive scientific literature review on IFLs and Central African forest management, this paper addresses the three following questions: (1) How did different concepts proposed for identifying wild/intact areas evolve over time? (2)What are the advantages and the drawbacks of the IFL method for identifying priority areas for conservation in Central Africa? (3) Are there specific constraints regarding the implementation of the IFL concept (as currently defined and identified) in Central Africa and how could they be overcome? Read more









Larger than Elephants: Inputs for an EU Strategic Approach to Wildlife Conservation in Africa - Regional Analysis

Larger than Elephants - Regional Analysis sets out the scale of the crisis that Africa faces due to the threat to ecosystems, natural resources and wildlife. It examines lessons learnt from past conservation efforts and identifies priority areas for future action. It has been produced in close concertation with the conservation community and Africa specialists. This full Regional Analysis follows a Synthesis report published in 2015. Download the report


FLEGT enters a new era with major news on licensing

The Presidents of Indonesia, the European Commission and the European Council today confirmed that Indonesia has met the final major requirement of its Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA) with the EU and is on course to become the world’s first country to issue FLEGT licences.
Read more on: http://www.flegt.org/flegt-new-era













CIB FSC certification

Congolaise Industrielle des Bois (CIB), a subsidiary of Olam International, recovers FSC certificate for Pokola and Kabo FMU. The certificate was suspended in october 2014.

As Loundoungou-Toukoulaka FMU was not affected by the suspension, CIB manages 1,3 million hectares of FSC certified forest in the Republic of Congo.



Launch of Regional Observatory for Biodiversity and Protected Areas in Central Africa

The Biodiversity and Protected Areas Management Programme (BIOPAMA), has launched a regional Observatory for biodiversity and protected areas in Central Africa, with OFAC (Observatory for Central African Forests) as the host organisation, based in Yaounde, Cameroon. More on:


Interactive Forest Atlas of Equatorial Guinea

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

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

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..



Side-event OFAC at the Convention of Biological Diversity

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

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

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

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"

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

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

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.


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Death of Wangari Maathai

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)

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Deforestation atlas of Democratic Republic of Congo

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...

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The State of Forests in the Amazon Basin, Congo Basin and Southeast Asia

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...

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Validation workshop of the State of the Forests 2010

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

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