The Congo Basin Forest Partnership was launched by Colin Powell at the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg as a voluntary multi-stakeholder initiative. The Partnership brings together some 70 partners, including African countries, donor agencies and governments, international organizations, NGOs, scientific institutions and the private sector. CBFP works in close relationship with the Central African Forests Commission (COMIFAC), the premier regional body in charge of coordinating regional forest and environmental policy, to promote the conservation and sustainable management of the Congo Basin's forest ecosystems.

The United States has been pleased to see the partnership grow and thrive since its 2002 inception, effectively serving as a unique platform for regional dialogue and cooperation. We value the contributions of all partners, and we greatly respect the leadership of previous facilitations. Understanding that no single entity can realize this vision alone, each partner institution brings unique talent and focus based in its own experience with project implementation in Central Africa. That is why the CBFP plays a vital role to foster strategic communication and cooperation, provide coordination on key issues, leverage resources, and share knowledge and experience.

The United States Facilitation of the CBFP has four broad, overarching objectives: clear and concerted African leadership; action to address critical threats to biodiversity and forests; full participation in efforts to adapt to and combat climate change; and effective, and participatory institutions, regulatory regimes, and governance. The United States’ facilitation of the Congo Basin Forest Partnership (CBFP) will focus on achieving the essential goals of the partnership: conservation and sustainable management of forest ecosystems that take into account their role in global and regional climate change mitigation and poverty alleviation. Our shared vision is that Central Africans enjoy healthy, prosperous lives in harmony with their region’s extraordinary biodiversity forest ecosystems. Realizing this vision means making strategic choices, using resources efficiently, and opening space for broad participation.

Assistant Secretary of State for Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs Dr. Kerri-Ann Jones and Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Cynthia Akuetteh formally announced the appointment of the next Facilitator CBFP in December 2012. Matthew Cassetta, previously the Cultural Affairs Officer at the U.S. Mission to the European Union, assumed the role of Facilitator in May 2013.

Additional Information:

Central Africa Regional Program for the Environment (CARPE): http://carpe.umd.edu/about/index.php
Congo Basin Forest Partnership (CBFP): http://pfbc-cbfp.org/home.html

Releases:

-06/05/13 U.S. Facilitation Welcome Statement; Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs
-12/17/12 U.S. Assumes Facilitation of the Congo Basin Forest Partnership; Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs
-09/29/09 Congo Basin Forest Partnership Fact Sheet
-09/29/09 U.S. Department of State Highlights 10 Years of Congo Basin Forest Partnership; Office of the Spokesman
-11/12/09 Congo Basin Forest Partnership Ministerial Plenary; Deputy Assistant Secretary Daniel A. Reifsnyder, Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs
-01/14/10 Congo Basin Forest Partnership "State of the Forest" Report Launch; Office of the Spokesman
-12/18/12 The United States Announces Next Facilitator of the Congo Basin Forest Partnership; Office of the Spokesperson
-01/22/03 Congo Basin Forest Partnership Meeting
-09/26/02 Congo Basin Forest Partnership and the Tropical Forest Conservation Act
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