The U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Agency for International Development, in coordination with the International Conservation Caucus Foundation and Congo Basin Forest Partnership partners, released the English version of the Congo Basin Forest Partnership “Forests of the Congo Basin: State of the Forest” report on January 14 in room H-137 in the U.S. Capitol Building from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Ambassador of the Democratic Republic of Congo Faida M. Mitifu, President of the World Resources Institute Jonathan Lash, and Director of USAID’s Central Africa Regional Program for the Environment John Flynn will introduce the report. The State of the Forest Report documents the overall condition of Central Africa’s forest ecosystems, with a special focus on carbon stocks, water resources, and wood energy, and describes key challenges and progress toward slowing the rate of deforestation and loss of biodiversity across the Congo Basin. More than 100 scientists, policy and technical experts in Central Africa contributed to the report.
The Congo Basin Forest Partnership was launched at the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development and operates within the framework of the Council of Ministers in charge of the Forests of Central Africa (www.comifac.org
) and in accordance with its strategic plan, the Plan de Convergence. The Partnership focuses on 12 ecologically sensitive and biologically diverse areas and wildlife corridors called forest landscapes, which are viewed as the most vulnerable to deforestation and other threats to biodiversity. Together, these landscapes comprise more than 80 million hectares of critically important tropical forest in Central Africa.
Other U.S. agencies that have participated in the Congo Basin Forest Partnership include the U.S. Forest Service, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the National Park Service.