National and regional timber markets are booming in Central Africa, but since most local demand is met by the informal logging sector, producers lack the incentives to become more sustainable and profitable – and governments are missing out on revenues.
A new project funded by the French Facility for Global Environment (FFEM), PROFEAAC takes an integrated approach to the formalization of artisanal logging in Cameroon and the DRC by linking the sustainable management of wood resources to the promotion of demand for legal sawnwood in private and public markets.
In other research, CIFOR-ICRAF published an analysis on the negotiation and monitoring of social clauses in the context of the WWF forest governance programme in the DRC.
And the new Central African Forests Observatory (OFAC) online platform serves as a single-entry point for researchers and decision makers to find information on policies and trends to inform decisions on the conservation and sustainable use of ecosystems.
“Long-term engagement is a promise we make to our partners, including entrepreneurs and local populations in the landscapes where we work. We have no magic recipes to immediately make the unsustainable sustainable, but being part of the local social fabric allows us to work together towards common, more sustainable goals.”
Paolo Cerutti, Senior Scientist and Interim Hub Leader for Nairobi
Interventions in the Yangambi landscape continued to break ground in the DRC’s Tshopo Province, with a new state-of-the-art CongoFlux tower to measure carbon in the Congo Basin and the establishment of the Yangambi Engagement Landscape – a flagship model for the engagement landscape concept, which forms a central part of CIFOR-ICRAF’s new 10-year strategy. cifor.org/yangambi