By Alexia Bizumuremyi
The central African forest commission (COMIFAC) in partnership with Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) have discussed new priorities for the conservation and sustainable management of forest ecosystems in central Africa through the COMIFAC convergence plan.
The round table discussions were held in Kigali on May 29, 2018 with the aim to inform the stakeholders of the strategic and operational orientations of the convergence plan 2 in order to ensure the success of its implementation in Rwanda.
In 2014, the COMIFAC completed the process of revising its convergence plan, the strategic document that that was validated by the council of ministers in charge of forestry and environment of the sub region during the extra ordinary session held on July 18, 2014 in Brazzaville, Congo.
This revised convergence plan known as convergence plan 2 covers the decade 2015-2025 and it succeeds the recent one adopted in 2005 for ten years.
Approximately 150 participants were gathered at the round table workshop, including senior officials from Ministry of lands and forestry, focal points of the international conventions, senior officials from Ministry of environment, Universities and Research Institutions, Civil Society Organizations as well as national and international media.
The revised convergence plan has been structured according to the results-based management approach and it includes six priority areas of intervention including harmonization of forest and environment policies, management and sustainable development of forest resources, conservation and sustainable use of biological diversity, fight against the effects of climate change and desertification, socio-economic development and participation multi-actors; and sustainable financing.
It also has three cross-cutting areas: training and capacity building, Research development, Communication, Awareness, Information and Education.
The workshop expected outputs include among others, the awareness of the role and responsibilities of national actors for implementation of the convergence plan 2 and engaging different stakeholders for the operationalization process of the convergence plan 2 at the national level.