The Congo Basin Forest Partnership (CBFP) is an association that brings together some thirty governmental and non-governmental organizations, including private businesses. Established in September 2002 at the World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg, South Africa, the CBFP is a non-hierarchical, free association dedicated to improving communication between members and coordination between their projects, programmes and policies in order to enhance sustainable forest management and poverty alleviation throughout the forests of Central Africa.
IUCN, through its Regional Office for West and Central Africa (PACO), facilitated the participation of local civil society and NGO representatives, with special emphasis on involvement of indigenous forest dwelling community representatives, in the Second International Conference of the Congo Basin Forest Partnership, which took place on 24-25 June 2004 in Brazzaville, Republic of Congo.
Financial Support for this project was provided by the United States State Department.
Although sustainable forest management and associated poverty reduction are directly related to civil society and the work of NGOs in the Congo Basin, opportunities to participate in these types of international conferences are often very limited. This project ensured the direct involvement and participation of NGOs and CSOs in the proceedings of the CBFP, so that their perspectives and opportunities to engage fully in the goals of the partnership could be manifest. To find out more about the CBFP civil society preparatory meeting, click here.
To read more about the Congo Basin Forest Partnership, please visit the CBFP website.