CBFP-COMIFAC Strengthens Gender Equality Considerations
Central African meeting highlights women’s critical role in sustainable forest management.
During the 12th Meeting of Partners of the Congo Basin Forest Partnership (CBFP) held in Douala, Cameroon from 18-20 March 2013, a thematic day on gender mainstreaming was organized. The meeting was well attended with a wide range of participants from the Central African Forest Commission (COMIFAC) and CBFP partners, including government representatives, civil society, UN agencies, international experts and donors.
Several civil society representatives highlighted women’s critical role in sustainable forest management. Silje Haugland, Programme Analyst from UNDP, presented the UN-REDD Programme’s experiences on gender mainstreaming and why gender equality is crucial for the effectiveness, efficiency and sustainability of REDD+. Following this, Cleto Ndikumagenge, Chief Technical Adviser from FAO, stressed the importance of gender-sensitive measurement, reporting and verification (MRV) systems and presented the MRV project in the Congo Basin as a project which would integrate gender considerations.
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