The preservation of tropical forests is necessary to succeed in controlling climate change and halting the decline of biodiversity. While there is consensus, the policies to be pursued for this continue to be debated and the resources mobilized remain insufficient.
The second largest tropical forest after the Amazon, Central Africa was until recently relatively untouched by deforestation. This is no longer the case, under the effect of demographic pressure and the land needs of a peasantry dependent on shifting slash-and-burn agriculture.
Between the need to respond to global challenges and the priorities of some of the world’s poorest countries, the agendas do not necessarily converge. However, there is an urgent need to find a path that reconciles development and the environment.
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THE PROGRAM FOR OCTOBER 6:
9 hours – Opening plenary
In the presence of: Jules Doret Ndongo, Cameroonian Minister of Forests and Wildlife, President of the Central African Forests Commission (Comifac), Alain-Richard Donwahi, Ivorian Minister of Water and Forests, Claudia Doubles Camargo, first lady of Costa Rica, Wanjira Mathai, regional director of the World Resources Institute, Shamila Nair-Bedouelle, Assistant Director-General for Natural Sciences of Unesco, and Anne Hidalgo, mayor of Paris.
9 h 35 – Introductory session
Dr Sylvie Gourlet-Fleury, general engineer of bridges, water and forests, researcher specializing in tropical forest ecology.
Living with the forest, protecting biodiversity
9 h 50 – Exploit without destroying
In the presence of: Ana Maria Hernandez Salgar, President of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), Lee White, Gabonese Minister of Water, Forests, Sea and Environment, Alain Karsenty, economist at the Center for International Cooperation in Agricultural Research for Development (CIRAD), and Georges Claver Boundzanga, coordinator of the program to reduce emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD +) of the Republic of Congo.
10 h 20 – Preserve without excluding
In the presence of: Geoffroy Bad, coordinator of the African Protected Areas & Conservation program of the Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), Bertille Mayen Ndiong, co-author of the 2021 report on protected areas in Central Africa, Patrick Saidi, coordinator of the Dynamic Network of Indigenous Peoples Groups (DGPA) in the DRC, Blair Byamungu Kabonge, representative of indigenous populations in eastern DRC.
10 h 50 – Cities and forest
In the presence of: Emilien Dubiez, forestry engineer at CIRAD, Russell Galt, founder of IUCN, John Rob-Pool, representative of Cities4Forests Botswana, Ernestine Lonpi Tipi, representative of the Luki Biosphere Reserve, Regional Postgraduate School for Integrated Planning and Management of Tropical Forests and Territories (Eraift), and Prudence Rubingisa, Mayor of Kigali.
Transform the economy, adapt consumption
11 h 20 – Responsible companies
In the presence of: Laure d’Astorg, Director General of the Alliance for the Preservation of Forests, Gilles Boeuf, Chairman of the Scientific Council of the French Agency for Biodiversity, Administrator of the Engie Foundation, Jean-Marie Paugam, Deputy Director General of the World Trade Organization (WTO), Antoine Sire, director of corporate engagement for BNP, Jean-Francois Rial, CEO of Voyageurs du monde, Fabrice Le Saché, vice-president and spokesperson for Medef.
11 h 50 – Certifications and quality of the sectors
In the presence of: Jean Bakouma, Director of Conservation of the Congo Basin at WWF, Claude Kachaka Sudi Kaiko, regional coordinator of the Network of forestry and environmental training institutions (Riffeac), Stephane Glannaz, Commercial Director at Precious Woods, Aurélien Sautière, Executive Director of Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), Sylvain Angerand, campaign coordinator for Canopée Forêts Vivantes.
14 hours – Circular economy
In the presence of: Doriane Desclee, representative of the Catholic University of Leuven (UCL), Roger ntoto, representative of the University of Kinshasa (Unikin), Armand Roland Pierre Béouind, Mayor of Ouagadougou, Luc Messi Atangana, mayor of Yaoundé.
Endorse new practices
14 h 30 – New agricultural and food practices
In the presence of: Catherine Muthuri, coordinatrice au World Agroforestery, Susan Chomba, director of Vital Landscapes at the World Resources Institute, Africa regional office, Mathieu Auger Schwartzenberg, project team manager, Agriculture, Rural Development and Biodiversity division at the Alliance française de développement (AFD), Josefa Leonel Correia Sacko, African Union Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture, and Dieudonne Bantsimba, mayor of Brazzaville.
15 hours – Dealing with crises in Central Africa, foresight and solutions
In the presence of: Roger Mbassa I have, Mayor of Douala, Marine Robillard, consultant in environmental anthropology, Nathalie Bassaler, consultant in prospective strategy and decision support, Sanjay Srivastava, Director of the Environment Department of the World Bank, Noeline Raondry Rakotoarisoa, PhD in plant ecology at Unesco, Alfred Ngomanda, Commissioner General of the National Center for Scientific and Technological Research of Gabon (Cenarest).
15 h 30 – Governance: changing the lens
In the presence of: Robert Beugré Mambé, Governor of Abidjan, Claude Garcia, researcher at CIRAD and at the Zurich Polytechnic School, Augustin is the Enemy of Bazirake, general coordinator of the Civil Status and Population project in the DRC, Theodore Trefon, du Royal Museum for Central Africa (MRAC).
16 hours – Women and commitment to the environment
In the presence of: Arlette Soudan-Nonault, Congolese Minister of the Environment, Sustainable Development and the Congo Basin, Anne Hidalgo, mayor of Paris, Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim, activist for human rights, indigenous peoples and the environment, Audrey Tcherkoff, Executive President of Positive Economy and Managing Director of the Women’s Forum for the Economy & Society, Hermine Patricia Tomaino Ndam Njoya, mayor of Fomban (Cameroon).
17 hours – On the way to the COPs
In the presence of: Michael Matheson, Scottish Minister for Net Zero, Energy and Transport in Glasgow, keynote by Laurence Tubiana, ambassador for the negotiations of the Paris COP 21 conference, keynote of Remy Rioux, Director General of AFD.
17 h 30 – Closing plenary
In the presence of: Eve Bazaiba Masudi, Deputy Prime Minister of the DRC and Minister of the Environment and Sustainable Development, Anne Hidalgo, mayor of Paris, Florence Palla, member of the scientific committee, Cameroonian expert of the Central African Forest Observatory (OFAC).
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