What Makes Community Forestry a Success? Examining Tenure, Gender, and Community Entrepreneurship

Thursday, April 22, 2021 - 11:30am

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Cécile Ndjebet, Women’s Network for Community Management of Forests (REFACOF) 

Speaker Information: In addition to being a president of African Women’s Network for Community Management of Forests (REFACOF), Cécile is actively engaged in various areas such as:

  • President of Cameroon CSO REDD&CC Platform
  • Africa Trainer in Women Leadership
  • Africa Focal Point for International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) Advisory Group (CSAG)
  • Associate Member of WOCAN (Women Organizing for Change in Agriculture and NRM) Team of Trainers/ Facilitators, Africa
  • Focal Point of the Women Major Group of the United Nations Forest Forum (UNFF), and
  • Woman Observer in the World Bank Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF)

Abstract: In the Congo Basin countries in Sub Sahara Africa, there is a growing recognition of the importance of Community Forests for their contribution to sustainable forest management and for livelihoods development, as well as for the tenure rights of the dependent local communities. Cameroon has been leading Community Forestry and their model and experiences have informed and inspired other countries in the region: Congo Republic, Central Africa Republic, and the DRC. In these countries, while there is specific adaptation to the national contexts, the main issues are almost the same: tenure rights, gender, and community-forestry entrepreneurship development.