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What happened in Paris? Outcomes of the 13th Executive Board meeting

Posted on July 19, 2019 7:35:00 PM

CAFI’s 13th Executive Board meeting took place July 9-10 2019 at the headquarters of the French Development Agency (AFD) in Paris.

 

All seven CAFI donors (Norway, France, the European Commission, Germany, the UK, Netherlands and South Korea) were in attendance, and joined for country-specific sessions by three partner countries (Gabon, Republic of Congo, DRC).  

In a clear demonstration of the trust that donors have in the Initiative, a major decision was made to extend the lifetime of the CAFI Fund until 2027.

To assist the government of Gabon in the implementation of a national-scale forestry certification program and with accessing results-based funding for emission reductions, the Executive Board also decided to launch a call for expression of interest for a total of 12 M USD (Decision). Gabon and CAFI signed in July 2017 a Letter of intent to elaborate a national land use plan, a national system for monitoring of natural resources and forests and to strengthen forest governance. Gabon's forests cover 88% of its national territory.

The meeting was also an opportunity to take stock, with the Republic of Congo, of the negotiations on a Letter of Intent, a process initiated duringthe 12th Exceutive Board in April 2019. Discussions included on a cap for the non-conversion of land, in line with the country’s commitments in the Brazzaville Declaration, to conserve and protect peatlands and prevent them from drainage and degradation.

In the same country, the Board decided to support a project to assist the Prime Minister's office with multisectoral coordination to implement the Letter of intent and to launch programming for projects, based on available agency capacities, co-financing and interests expressed in priority areas such as land-use planning, sustainable management of peatlands or low-impact mining and petroleum activities.

The Paris Board meeting was also an opportunity to discuss progress in implementing DRC’s REDD+ investment plan. In less than three years, integrated programmes covering 8 provinces, 6 sectoral programmes and 3 cross cutting programmes have been approved by the DRC National Fund Steering Committee. Click here for results in the areas of land tenure, agriculture, forest sector, demography, land-use planning and governance.

All decisions from CAFI's 13th Executive Board meeting are available here.

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