Industrial utilization of the Congo Basin forest is the third – in some countries the second – largest contributor to the gross domestic product of the countries of the region. Moreover, the forest sector provides 100 000 direct jobs and a million indirect jobs. However, despite progress on a number of fronts, the industrial wood sector could still be further developed.
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.
The objective is 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 will address the following themes:
With this forum, the main lines of a consensus on actions to be undertaken to support sustainable development of the wood value chain will be drawn up, and this consensus will be enshrined in the “Brazzaville Declaration”.
Target groups of the forum
The target groups of this forum include in particular 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.
The forum is organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the EU FAO FLEGT Programme, the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS), the International Technical Tropical Timber Association (ATIBT), the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) and the Commission des Forêts d’Afrique Centrale (COMIFAC), under the auspices of the Ministry of Forestry and Sustainable Development of the Republic of Congo.
last updated: Monday, October 28, 2013