This fourth Steering Committee DYNAFFOR and P3FAC (COPIL), preceded by the Scientific and Technical Committee (CST) was held in Bangui. Under the patronage of the Ministry of Water, Forests, Hunting and Fishing of the Central African Republic, this meeting was organized by the Central African Forest Commission (COMIFAC) jointly with Nature +, CIRAD and ATIBT with support of the FFEM.
With 30 representatives of the administrations of the Congo Basin countries, technical partners of the project (CIRAD, Gembloux, Nature +), and research institutes of the region, these two days of meetings were intended to present the main results research conducted under Dynaffor (at the Scientific and Technical Committee) and validate the technical and financial reports for 2017 of the Dynaffor and P3FAC projects. These presentations were the subject of very interesting exchanges and recommendations presented in the minutes. The year 2017 was for these projects particularly rich in actions with the implementation of the recommendations of the previous years.
During this steering committe, the main lines of the « DYNAFAC network », under construction, were presented. This network aims to sustain the links between the institutions involved in DYNAFFOR and P3FAC, to solidify the research network around the sites installed and being installed, to broaden the themes, the projects and the network of institutions and institutions and of course to communicate, in order to value the results of research in different forms to reach the decision-makers, training institutes and forest managers. This network will be fully operational in 2019.
Note also the presentation of the DAFSIM software by CIRAD. This software is one of the results of data collections during the Dynaffor project. This decision support tool allows users to analyze the sustainability of logging by evaluating different logging scenarios.
Finally, note the great involvement of COMIFAC to support the different actions of the projects with the different administrations of the subregion and with the existing working group on forest governance. COMIFAC will continue to raise awareness among States on the establishment of national consultative bodies comparable to the MINFOF scientific advisory committee in Cameroon.
These two days of meetings were followed by a visit of the Mbaïki research facility, one of the first created since more than 25 years.
The minutes of the Scientific and Technical Committee and steering committee will be available in the coming days for ATIBT members.