The 7th Decision and Orientation Committee (DCO) of the Program for the Promotion of Certified Forest Exploitation (PPECF) was held in Douala on 19 and 20 March 2019 at the SAWA Hotel


The Executive Secretary of COMIFAC, Mr. Raymond Ndomba Ngoye, opened and chaired the debates in the presence of KFW and the PPECF team.

The discussions were then led by the PPECF, with the consultant ECO – Consult / Oréade brèche and in the presence of various partners from the private sector, NGOs and research organizations. COMIFAC will seek for the future a better involvement of the administrations in the projects of the program, their contribution being capital for all the actions aiming to reinforce the certification.

In general, the PPECF 2 guidelines are confirmed, and the budget estimates have been made taking into account an additional amount of 10 million Euros, always subject to the no-objection opinion of the donnor, KFW.

Among the main objectives pursued, awareness will be sought of the final beneficiaries of the support of the PPECF, while integrating a reflection for the consideration of gender.

As a reminder, the actions of the PPECF are articulated around 3 axes: (1) the setting up of the conceptual and institutional conditions favorable to the certification, (2) the improvement of the quality of the exploitation and (3) the strengthening communication on sustainable exploitation.

For all of these 3 groups, the main ideas around which the debate took place were as follows:

  • Continue with the support of the Regional PAFC and the regional FSC. The involvement of the institutions and COMIFAC in the actions to be implemented is particularly sought after. It was recalled that the search for a coordinator for the recently launched regional PAFC project was a priority.
  • Support to communal and community forests with a view to improving operating practices and their profitability. The idea of a « brokerage platform » previously mentioned during the last think tank of the ATIBT, was developed. A feasibility study is likely to be funded, and the objectives will be to further explore the possibility of group certification and promote the development of non-timber forest resources.
  • The continuation of the reflections with a view to a compensated taxation. A feasibility study conducted by CIRAD will aim to propose tax reduction mechanisms for certified companies.
  • Good governance at the landscape scale by capitalizing on similar approaches, especially that of « Model Forests ».
  • The promotion of traceability tools jointly with other organizations such as UFIGA in Gabon, and try to create bridges with existing systems.
  • Strengthening training in the forest-environment sector by involving training institutions such as RIFFEAC.
  • The continuation of coaching to forestry companies, by developing a rationale on the benefits of forest certification, facilitating as much as possible the sharing of experience, and by setting up a system of anticipation and response to possible NGOs observations (documentation, crisis communication and complaints mechanism).
  • Promotion of the valorization of by-products (charcoal, etc.), non-timber forest resources;
  • The continued use of new technologies in certified logging and anti-poaching (drones, SMART software optimization) and the involvement of local inhabitants in data collection.
  • Continue support for developing RIL (Reduced Impact Logging) methods at dealerships
  • To continue with the implementation of the Marketing program around the « Fair and Precious » brand, with a focus on obtaining indicators that can demonstrate the impact of the actions implemented in the context of marketing program, collaboration with platforms (STTC) and national timber trade federations (Le Commerce du Bois, in France) with which synergies must be exploited as well as the strengthening of correlations between the F & P brand and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
  • The support of a COMIFAC label was also mentioned. COMIFAC will have internal discussions to better define the issues.
  • Lastly, it was hoped to strengthen public communication in the subregion on forest certification and sustainable management at the regional, national and local levels.

Various presentations were made on some other topics, such as the environmental impact of tropical timber and the life cycle study of tropical timber products. This subject presented by the ATIBT could be the subject of a new project.