Continuing training for sustainable forest management in the framework of the RIFFEAC/ITTO LSSC project

The LSSC project carried out by RIFFEAC from 2020 to 2022 ended in March 2022 with the dissemination of the unique continuous training module on "legal and sustainable supply chains" in the 5 countries of the Congo Basin targeted by this project: Cameroon, Gabon, Central African Republic, DRC, and Republic of Congo.

The Network of Forestry and Environmental Training Institutions of Central Africa (RIFFEAC) organized in March 2022 workshops to disseminate the unique training module on "legal and sustainable supply chains".

RIFFEAC has indeed implemented from April 2020 to March 2022 activity 5 of the ITTO LSSC Program funded by the Government of Germany. This involved:

  1. Developing a training module by compiling the contents of training programs produced by BMEL-Germany Activity 5 of the ITTO LSSC Program;
  2. Build the capacity of stakeholders (private sector forestry companies, relevant government institutions, forestry training institutions, relevant civil society, etc.) in the Congo Basin to comply with LSSC requirements.

The objective of these workshops held in the 5 beneficiary countries was to popularize the single module among forest management stakeholders.

The participants in these workshops in each country were:

- The COMIFAC Executive Secretariat;

- The administrations in charge of forests in Cameroon, Gabon, Central African Republic, Republic of Congo and Democratic Republic of Congo, as well as the customs;

- Unions of private forest sector operators in the 5 ITTO member countries of the Congo Basin;

- Relevant teachers from training institutes in ITTO's Central African member countries and members of RIFFEAC;

- Representatives of civil society active in the forestry sector, identified in the five ITTO member countries in Central Africa.

The content of the workshops focused primarily on the following points:

- The concept of legal and sustainable supply chains (LSSC);

- The main issues related to legal and sustainable supply chains (LSSC);

- Avoided deforestation in the context of climate change

- Forest landscape restoration;

- Compliance with national and international regulations;

- Accountability and sustainability;

- Tools and instruments to facilitate market access.

The rich exchanges and discussions focused more on the extension approaches in each beneficiary country of this unique training module and the different constraints related to its implementation.

The LSSC training module was shared with all participants so that they could organize their own training or information sessions for their main stakeholders (learners from training institutions such as ENEFs, officials from the administrations in charge of forests and customs, companies that are members of professional associations and representatives of civil society).

The module will also soon be shared with the general public through the RIFFEAC website.

Click here to access the training.