Native local communities and members of the Central African conference on dense forests and humid ecosystems met in Brazzaville between July 20-23 to refine their contributions during the climate summit scheduled to take place in Paris in December (COP21).
The regional workshop was equally aimed at consolidating the commitments of the targeted groups to the process of Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+), while also preparing a regional strategy to be discussed as an agenda of the COP21.
“By getting the commitment of concerned parties, we have remained aligned to the vision of our countries which understood very early the need to jointly manage the dense tropical forests that make up Congo basin, the second largest tropical forest cover in the world after Amazon,” a Congolese expert Michel Elenga told Xinhua.
The Congo basin covers 37 percent of Africa’s entire forest cover, with a carbon storage capacity varying between 25 to 46 billion tons.
However, it is currently confronted with the increased threat of deforestation and degradation of its ecosystems.
The strategy put in place will reinforce mechanisms for dealing with donors as well as integrating local communities in the sustainable management of the forests. Enditem