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International conference in Cameroon to address future of world's second largest rainforest

Government ministers, experts headed to CIFOR conference in Central Africa

Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR)

(May 6, 2013) Government ministers, donors and the world's top forestry experts will attend a conference in Cameroon next month to discuss critical issues facing the sustainable management of Central Africa's forests, the biodiversity they embrace and the people who depend on them.

The conference comes at a critical time because while deforestation in the Congo Basin has been low, there are strong indications of change.

Central Africa is home to the world's second largest continuous block of rainforest after the Amazon Basin. Conference participants will identify critical challenges for the sustainable management of the forests - and the best policy approaches for governments and others.

The conference, "Sustainable Forest management in Central Africa: Yesterday, today and tomorrow," will be held from 22-23 May 2013 at the Hilton Hotel, Yaoundé, Cameroon. It is organized by the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) and its partners.

Among the 40 speakers are:

  • Ngole Philip Ngwese, Minister of Forestry and Wildlife, Republic of Cameroon
  • Essimi Menye Lazare, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Republic of Cameroon
  • Hele Pierre, Minister of Environment, Nature Protection and Sustainable Development, Republic of Cameroon.
  • Raymond Mbitikon, Executive Secretary, Forestry Commission of Central Africa
  • Donatien Nzala, Director-General, Forest Economics, Ministry of Forest Economics, Republic of Congo.
  • Bakary Kone, National Coordinator, Wetlands International, Mali
  • Laura Snook, Programme Leader, Forest Genetic Resources, Bioversity International
  • Alain Billand, Head of Research Unit, French Centre for International Cooperation in Agricultural Research for Development (CIRAD)
  • Sylvie Gourlet Fleury, Senior Scientist, CIRAD
  • Simon Rietbergen, Senior Forestry Specialist, World Bank


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The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) advances human wellbeing, environmental conservation and equity by conducting research to inform policies and practices that affect forests in developing countries. CIFOR helps ensure that decision-making that affects forests is based on solid science and principles of good governance, and reflects the perspectives of developing countries and forest-dependent people. CIFOR is one of 15 centres within the CGIAR.

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