Background and objective

Since 2010, a series of discussions has been held in the Congo Basin to enable stakeholders to discuss and formulate strategies to develop the sector. These discussions led to a white paper entitled Towards a strategy to develop the wood processing industry in the countries of the Congo Basin, which identifies the issues and challenges facing the forest value chain, but also provides a frame of reference for the involvement of all stakeholders in developing a sustainable forest industry in the Congo Basin.

To boost dialogue among the stakeholders in the wood value chain in the Congo Basin with a view to pursuing efforts to develop this sector and encouraging more advanced processing of wood at the local level, this forum addressed the following themes:

  1. advanced wood processing;
  2. markets outlook;
  3. the FLEGT Action Plan and forest certification systems;
  4. forest plantations.

As an outcome of this forum, the main lines of a consensus on actions to be undertaken to support sustainable development of the wood value chain were drawn up in the “Brazzaville Declaration”.

The forum gathered more than 400 participants, including policy-makers (representatives of the ministries responsible for forests in Congo Basin and West African countries), the private sector (small, medium and large enterprises), regional and international organizations, development agencies, non-governmental organizations and scientists.


Presentations – First day

White Paper Launch

« Towards a strategy for the development of the wood processing industry in Congo Basin countries »
Martin Tadoum COMIFAC, Alain Marius Ngoya Kessy MEFDD and Ralph Ridder ATIBT

The FLEGT Action Plan & forest certifications

Review of the implementation of the VPA and the EUTR 
Marc Vandenhaute  EU FAO FLEGT Programme
Anand Punja  TTF

Concrete actions to involve small and medium scale enterprises in the implementation of the VPAs
Germain Yene  ETTF/ECCAS
Guillaume Lescuyer  CIFOR

Opportunities to reinforce the links between forest certification and the VPA-EUTR
Sheam Satkuru-Granzella  MTC

Double certification: risks and opportunities
Marine Leblanc  ATIBT

Presentations – Second day

Advanced wood processing

Policies, strategies and tax incentives to promote advanced wood processing
Loïc Douaud  Pallisco

Education and research fostering sustainable forest utilization
Isaac Bindzi  Institut technologique du bois

Wooden houses: challenges and opportunities
Simon Rietbergen  World Bank

Markets outlooks

Perspectives of tropical wood products markets
Emmanuel Groutel  Wood and Logistics Expert

Development of a marketing strategy for African tropical forests
Stefan Meinhardt  Precious Woods

Log export ban: advantages and disadvantages of a measure to develop local wood processing
Alain Karsenty  CIRAD

Tropical forest plantations

Framework conditions for the development of forest plantations in the Congo Basin
Bernard Cassagne  FRM

The experiences of the Republic of Congo, Côte d’Ivoire
Republic of Congo: Rosalie Matondo  PRONAR / Côte d’Ivoire: M. Boubacar Ben Salah SODEFOR

A Global Response to a Global Issue
Mette Vinqvist  Congo Basin Forest Fund

Financing mechanisms for forest plantations
Michael Adande BDEAC

 Adoption of the Brazzaville Declaration



The forum was organized by FAOEU FAO FLEGT Programme, GIZ, ECCAS, ATIBT, ITTO and COMIFAC, under the auspices of the Ministry of Forestry and Sustainable Development of the Republic of Congo. The event was also co-financed by AFD and EFI.

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last updated:  Wednesday, December 18, 2013