On 6th November, the Palace of International Conferences in Sipopo was the setting for a validation workshop for operational tools within the REPAR strategic framework, regarding the lasting management of the forests of the Congo Basin, aimed at senators from Central Africa. The opening ceremony was overseen by the President of the Senate, Teresa Efua Asangono.
The opening ceremony for the workshop heard speeches from the Deputy Regional Coordinator, Segundo Keda Bala, and the Head of German Cooperation, GIZ, Chantal Wandja, and was closed with a speech by the President of the Senate, who underlined the importance of protection and conservation of forests and the measures taken by the President of the republic, H. E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo to that end.
The tropical rainforest of Central Africa is the second largest in the world, after the Amazon. Its existence contributes to the ecological balance of the planet, its biodiversity is irreplaceable, and it provides a guarantee for the world with respect to climate change”, indicated Efua Asangono.
In another part of her speech, the President of the Senate praised actions by bodies fighting deforestation.
The workshop on lasting management for the forests of the Congo basin, covering four days, and attended by senators from Cameroon, Gabon, SAPound o Tome and Principe, Chad, Congo, Central African Republic and the Democratic Republic of Congo, together with German cooperation partners, COMIFAC, and experts from CEFDHAC, aims to validate the documents to implement the strategic framework, consolidate and validate the strategic document of the Network of Parliaments for the lasting management of Forest Ecosystems on Central Africa, and the strategic operational plan, the route map for national coordination for the 2019 period.
Also, among other aims, there is the creation of a list of federal projects, the strengthening of the appropriate level of demands for operational planning, and finally, the adoption of the vision and strategic framework constituting its administration.
Source: Equatorial Guinea Press and Information Office