A Week of Meetings – Jean-François Part 3

Here it is, the third and final instalment of JF’s week of meetings in Europe.

What happened next?

After the conference in Paris, I went to the United Nation Develpment Program office (UNDP) in Geneva to participate as an expert in forestry, at a meeting on the state of Central African forest. This meeting was done under the form of a roundtable discussion and was organized by the Central Africa Forest Initiative (CAFI, supported by a trust fund and managed by United Nations multi-partnerships). To this roundtable were conveyed INGOs (CIFOR, CIRAD, EFI, Tropenbos, WCS, WRI, WWF), development partners (AFD, UNDP, FAO), and representatives of the DRC government and civil society. 

In short, CAFI is willing to support sustainable development of countries in Central Africa while aiming at conserving forest, reduce deforestation and forest degradation.

An important part of the discussion concerned the potential support of CAFI to the re-dynamisation of forest logging activities. While some support that this is the best way to maintain high forest forest cover in the country through sustainable management, others suggest this might put them at risk of carbon storage and wildlife conservation.

Here I presented data and insights from the scientific litterature regarding current debates and consensus on the impacts of the forestry sector in the region. Whilst acknowledging the consensus around the regeneration of carbon stocks after logging, it was also recognised that there is no universal time reference for full regeneration and impact on wildlife.

At the end of this 10 hours meeting, I was happy to come back to Zurich and meet up with the Eagles Sharks (our lab football team) who just won their last game !

What an exciting week!