26 October 2006

Cameroon: MPs Want Forestry Policies Implemented

Participants at the ongoing conference on the sustainable management of Central African forest ecosystems yesterday discussed strategies and financing mechanisms.

Experts and Parliamentarians from the Central African Sub-region had little time to rest yesterday, the second day of the first international conference of Parliamentarians on the sustainable management of Central African forest ecosystems. As they listened to various presentations, the MPs and Senators were guided by the Cameroon House Speaker Hon. Cavaye Yeguie Djibril's call during on the opening ceremony of the conference; "Parliaments' commitment is first of all that of our peoples to foster the taking over of our Convergence Plan in all its ramifications as well as monitor the implementation of international agreements that have been signed and ratified".

As a follow up to the call, the conference participants spent the first hours of yesterday, October 25, discussing and sharing ideas on the sub-theme, "working out strategies for monitoring and evaluation of the sub-regional biodiversity policy implementation". The participating MPs and Senators from Cameroon, Congo, Gabon, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Burundi, Rwanda, Equatorial Guinea, and Sao Tome and Principe know that the forest is a common heritage, all must work to conserve. They discussed strategies bearing in mind Hon. Cavaye Yeguie Djibril's counsel that, "besides concrete and concerted actions within the States, we require a dynamic sub-regional inter-parliamentary cooperation, to enable the Congo Basin sustain the future of our planet". Topic discussed included ; wildlife, poor relation in spite of the laws: lessons of cartographic monitoring of hunting and the movement of wildlife products from the south -east towards the urban centres; "Rights and Resources", world initiative focusing on the poor: what role for the environmental legislator in Central Africa; reduction of forest environmental impacts and sustainable development in Central Africa.

Hon Ndo Angeline of Cameroon lectured the participants on the role of MPs in an innovative multi-actor partnership: the case of the Campo Ma'an Model Forest. The Vice President of Cameroon's National Assembly, Hon. Rose Abunaw Makia on her part, presented a paper on the Caucus of Parliamentarians for Environmental Protection-Cameroon, experiencing a strong partnership in building capacities for effective representation on the environment.

Another sub-theme discussed yesterday had to do with financing mechanisms and the fight against poverty. Focus was on the Member of Parliament and mustering financial resources for the implementation of the convergence plan; natural resource management and the fight against poverty; and innovative tools and forest management initiatives.

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