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Gabon's National Investment Framework at the heart of next CAFI mission

Posted on March 15, 2017 6:53:00 AM

Mission planned in Libreville 22-24 March

 

A CAFI mission in Libreville, Gabon is planned from 22 to 24 March 2017 to initiate both high level and technical dialogues between the Government of Gabon and CAFI Executive Board members on the country's National Investment Framework (NIF) that was presented to CAFI in February 2017. This mission is held in preparation for the next CAFI Executive Board meeting, scheduled for the end of April 2017, where discussions will be held on the Gabon NIF.  

 

The objectives of the mission are to :

  • clarify Gabon's ambition with respect to its goals of preserving forests in relation to its economic development and food security goals
  • discuss the next steps of the partnership between CAFI and Gabon
  • undertake technical discussions on the NIF, informed by a double-blinded independent review

 

The mission will thus comprise a political segment, including meetings with Ministers of Economy, Agriculture, Forest Economy and presidential Affairs ; and a technical segment with national entities in charge of implementing programmes and public and private technical and financial partners.  

 

The Gabon NIF is led by the National Climate Council, an interministerial body chaired by the President of the Republic. A Technical Comittee led by a representative of the President's cabinet will serve as the National Climate Council's coordinating committee, and the French Development Agency will be the NIF implementation partner.  

 

The Gabon National Investment Framework is directly in line with the the Emerging Gabon Strategic Plan (EGSP), the Green Gabon Pillar, and Gabon's Nationally Determined Contribution. The latter - the first one submitted by an African country ahead of the UNFCCC COP 21 in Paris -  envisages a 68 percent lessening in emissions from the LULUCF sector over the 2010-2025 period relative to the trend scenario over the same period.

 

The Gabon NIF, whose full title is "Land use planning and forest monitoring to promote sustainable and green development strategies for Gabon", is unusual in that it is organized around two cross-cutting objectives :  

 

  1. Completing and adopting a National Land Use Plan, as a key element of the land-use planning strategy, building on a initial (2015) version that was developed with inter-ministerial coordination, compilation of mapping data from nine sectors of activity, technical studies and legal expertise. Completion of the National Land Use Plan, led by the National Parks Agency, will help limit deforestation and greenhouse gas emissions by optimizing land use for various sectoral activities, while minimizing potential impacts on the forest
  2. Completing the National Natural Resources and Forestry Observation System, led by the AGEOS (Gabonese Space Studies and Observations Agency), a public agency that collects, analyses and provides data based on observations of the country’s land mass from space. This system will enable monitoring LULUCF effectively and produce data critical to developing the National Land Use Plan and verifying Gabon’s commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Deforestation and forest degradation may thus be monitored using satellite images, which can alert field agents to take action to stop illegal activities. 

 

Gabon holds about 18% of the forests of the Congo and Ogouué basins. Forest cover over 88% of its territory, one of the largest percentage in the world. The LULUCF sector is Gabon’s main source of greenhouse gas emissions. CAFI and Gabon share a vision of sustainable development based on a holistic, multi-sectoral approach that includes a commitment to preserve forests and achieve socio-economic development goals.

 

More information on CAFI's support to Gabon

Gabon National investment framework Homepage