State of the Forest

State of the Forests 2008

This principal objective of the SOF report remains to detail the status of dense moist forest in Central Africa. Its focus comprises the six Central African countries containing this type of forest: Gabon, Republic of Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Cameroon, and the Central African Republic.

The process of drafting the SOF 2008 began with the definition and selection of indicators for monitoring the state of forests in Central Africa. These indicators are structured around three themes: (i) status and trends of forest cover; (ii) management of production forests; and (iii) conservation and enhancement of biodiversity. The indicators are presented in a hierarchical structure at three levels: regional, national and management unit (specifically logging concessions and protected areas). The indicators were validated by a representative panel of stakeholders in the management of Central Africa forests during a workshop held in Kribi in February 2008.

Based on established indicators, national groups of four to ten individuals working within the forestry administration collected data between April and August 2008. The data were primarily from 2006 and 2007, and were subsequently validated in national workshops attended by government officials as well as representatives of environmental NGOs, the private sector and development projects. Finally, the data were provided to the authors of the chapters in the report. The entire report was reviewed by a scientific committee of international renown.

The report is divided into three major parts: the national and regional synthesis, thematic chapters dealing with environmental services offered by the forests and the chapters with detailed information on the CBFP landscapes.

The Forests of the Congo Basin - State of the Forest 2008, Editors: de Wasseige C., Devers D., de Marcken P., Eba’a Atyi R., Nasi R. and Mayaux Ph., 2009, Luxembourg: Publications Office of the European Union, ISBN 978-92-79-13210-0, doi: 10.2788/32259

Introduction and contributors

PART 1 - State of The Forests in Central Africa : Regional and National Syntheses

Chap.1: State of the forests of Central Africa: Regional Synthesis

Chap.2: The Forests of Cameroon in 2008

Chap.3: The Forests of Gabon in 2008

Chap.4: The Forests of Equatorial Guinea in 2008

Chap.5: The Forests of the Central African Republic in 2008

Chap.6: The Forests of Congo in 2008

Chap.7: The Forests of the Democratic Republic of Congo in 2008

PART 2 - Cross-Cutting Chapters on Environmental Services

Chap.8: A New Tool for Sustainable Forest Management in Central Africa: Payments for Environmental Services

Chap.9: Water Resources, Forests and Ecosystem Goods and Services

Chap.10: The Contribution of Biodiversity to the Maintenance of Forest Goods and Services

Chap.11: Congo Basin Countries and the Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD) Process

Chap.12: A First Look at Carbon Stocks and their Variation in Congo Basin Forests

Chap.13: Peri-Urban Forests and Wood Energy: What Are the Perspectives for Central Africa?

PART 3 - The Congo Basin Forest Partnership Priority Landscapes

Chap.14: Peri-Urban Forests and Wood Energy: What Are the Perspectives for Central Africa?

Chap.15: Monte Alén-Monts de Cristal Landscape

Chap.16: Gamba-Mayumba-Conkouati Landscape

Chap.17: Lopé-Chaillu-Louesse Landscape

Chap.18: Dja-Odzala-Minkébé (Tridom) Landscape

Chap.19: Tri-National de la Sangha (TNS) Landscape

Chap.20: Léconi-Batéké-Léfini Landscape

Chap.21: Lac Télé-Lac Tumba LandscapeLac Télé-Lac Tumba Landscape

Chap.22: Salonga-Lukenie-Sankuru Landscape

Chap.23: Maringa–Lopori–Wamba Landscape

Chap.24: Maiko-Tayna-Kahuzi-Biega Landscape

Chap.25: Ituri-Epulu-Aru Landscape

Chap.26: Virunga Landscape

Bibliography and annexe