30 Nov – 12 Dec 2023, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Strengthening scientific skills and combating deforestation and forest degradation in Central Africa in the face of climate change

One of the main challenges in the fight against climate change is to mobilise science and scientists to tackle this global problem. Within the framework of the UNFCCC (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change), structures such as the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) play a crucial role in providing the knowledge needed to better understand climate dynamics and the measures associated with them.

However, as far as Central Africa is concerned, a number of initiatives have been launched over the past five years (R2FAC: Central African Forest Research Network, etc.), but scientific mobilisation remains weak, prompting the Forestry and Environment ministers, in collaboration with researchers, to publish an article in the journal Nature calling for funding to support doctoral training in Central Africa, in particular to preserve the Congo Basin. While reflections are underway on this subject, this session aims to share with COP participants some initiatives aimed at building capacity and contributing in a participatory way to the structuring of a more solid scientific training framework. We would like to share specific information on the following subjects:

  1. The structuring and operation of a Master's degree and a Doctorate at the University of Kisangani;
  2. Training in scientific writing for doctoral students within the R2FAC framework;
  3. Support for post-doctoral research within the framework of a partnership between conservation/development structures, Central African universities and European Union universities;
  4. The Congo Basin Science Panel as a training and research space.