Discussion forum 6. Market-based instruments for sustainable forest management in Central Africa
Focal Point: Guillaume Lescuyer
Contact details: CIFOR, Central Africa Regional Office, P.O. Box: 2008, Yaoundé, Cameroon; Tel: +237 96 71 05 12; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Several goods extracted from tropical forests have been traded on international markets for ages. Today the final consumers of these commodities, the corporations involved in their transformation and retailing, and civil society show a growing concern for sustainability. Similarly, managing tropical forests must now integrate the maintenance of environmental services that provides important benefits at the global scale. Market-based instruments (MBI) were presented as a promising approach to strengthen sustainability concerns into the management of tropical forest.In parallel, the Congo basin countries have pursued more traditional command and control policies, such as harvest regulations, to protect and restore their forests and have emphasized greater enforcement of, and compliance with existing regulations. The promotion of market-based instruments in such a context has been little documented in Central Africa, especially regarding their actual impacts on forest resources and on livelihoods.
Key questions the panel will address
- Actual impacts of market-based instruments, with a focus on forest cover and local livelihoods
- Are MBI and command-and-control approaches antagonists, competitive or complementary?
- Is there an influence of the implementation of MBI on forest governance, either from the companies or from the States?
- Speaker on certification of forest management: Jervais Nkoulou, Rainforest Alliance
- Speaker on REDD mechanisms: Blese Kalame Fobissie, WWF
- Speaker on biodiversity offsets: Bakary Kone, National Coordinator, Wetlands International, Mali
- Speaker on Market-Based Instruments (MBI) and informal sectors: Stoyan Tenev, World Bank
- Moderator: Denis Koulagna, Secretary-General, Ministry of Forests and Wildlife, Cameroon Rapporteur: Hervé Maidou, COMIFAC-World Ban
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