The 6th Decision and Orientation Committee (CDO), the first of Phase 2, of the Program for the Promotion of Certified Forest Logging (PPECF) was held in Brazzaville (Republic of Congo) on 23 and 24 November 2017. A preparatory workshop was followed by the actual CDO meeting.
By engaging in this phase 2, the German Cooperation (through KFW) is continuing its support to COMIFAC to strengthen the sustainable management of Congo Basin forests, while studying the complementarity of this action with those of other donors (AFD, EU and FAO mainly).
About forty participants took part in the preparatory workshop. Among them, the Executive Secretariat of COMIFAC, the GIZ-Support Program COMIFAC, representatives of the Directions in charge of forests (Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Central African Republic, Republic of Congo and Gabon), civil society (SEEAC, Conservation Justice), donors (KFW, AFD) and certification labels (FSC, PEFC, OLB, FLV, VLC), certification bodies (Bureau Veritas, Rainforest Alliance, Nepcon), interbranch organizations (ATIBT, FIB in the DRC, UFIGA in Gabon), forest companies (CIB-Olam, IFO-Danzer, Rougier, ASIA Congo, TAMAN Industy, CFT, COTREFOR), a research institute (CIFOR), conservation NGOs (WCS, WWF) , the ingineering consulting firms (ONFi, TEREA, FRMi, Nature +, CIEFE) and the team of the PPECF Management Unit, headed by Mr. Romain LORENT (Cell Management Coordinator), assisted by Mr. Eric DASSIE (Regional Expert, Monitoring Evaluation and Communication PPECF), Mr. Jean- Paul GRANDJEAN (Backstoppeur) and Nicolas PERTHUISOT (PPECF Certification Expert).
The aim of the preparatory workshop was to broaden and mature the reflections initiated by the consultant ECO Consult-Oréade Brèche, to discuss with the participants the lessons learned from Phase I and the expectations of each one, and to collect new ideas for projects and possible actions, to be addressed in the form of recommendations to the PPECF CDO.
Mr. Raymond NDOMBA NGOYE, Executive Secretary of COMIFAC, opened the meeting, and was then its moderator.
The priorities of the program are:
AXIS I: The conceptual and institutional conditions for certification are implemented
AX II: The quality of industrial exploitation is improved
AXIS III: Knowledge and perception of industrial logging in the Congo Basin are improved
ATIBT is a strategic partner of PPECF, with FSC, PEFC etc.
Among the important points discussed at the meeting, note:
About twenty participants (statutory members, guests and resource persons) already present at the preparatory workshop were convened to the CDO, which followed the preparatory workshop, with the following objectives:
The CDO made the following general recommendations:
Certain more specific decisions of the ODC will condition the work of ATIBT and syndicates representing the private sector in the coming years. We can note in particular: