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The Observatory for Central African Forests: a tool for monitoring the sustainable use of the biodiversity in Congo Basin.

Joint Research Centre (EC) and CIFOR (CGIAR)

Date and Time
10 October 2012 18:15 - 19:45

Eleventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP 11)

The Congo Basin forests cover 200 million hectares in the heart of the African continent. Altogether, the forests provide the daily resources of 60 million people, generate financial revenue for the States of the region, sequester huge quantities of carbon, support a unique biodiversity and control the flow of the major rivers of Central Africa. In order to monitor the sustainable use of biodiversity of these forests (SBSTTA 15 Recommendation XV/6 ), the Observatory for the Forests of Central Africa (OFAC), aims to pool the knowledge and available data necessary to implement and monitor sound forest policies in Central Africa. This event will detail the main conclusions of the recently published report “State of the Congo Basin Forests 2010” in four domains: (i) deforestation, (ii) fuelwood collection, (iii) bushmeat consumption, (iv) landscape-level management.