Kinshasa : The United Kingdom commits to protecting the forest resources of the Congo Basin with a £200 million investment.

The United Kingdom recently concluded its participation in the 20th Meeting of the Parties to the Partnership for the Congo Basin Forests (PFBC) with a reception with donor countries at the British residence.

During this event, Alyson King, UK Ambassador to the DRC, and Maggie Charnley, International Forest Lead at the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO), represented the UK, co-chair of the donors, at the conference organized by the Congolese government.

They emphasized the importance of international collaboration to have a broader and more positive impact on the forests and the populations that depend on them.

Regarding the Financing Initiative:

The United Kingdom announced a £200 million investment to fund several programs aimed at safeguarding the Congo Basin Forests, with a focus on the priorities of local communities.

The “Congo Basin Forest Action” will mobilize £90 million, working directly with local communities to create activities from which they will benefit.

The “Investing in Forests and Sustainable Land Use” program will provide over £65 million to support the development of the private sector, especially in the Congo Basin.

As for Commitments and Collaboration:

The United Kingdom has taken over the Presidency of CAFI (Central African Forest Initiative), the Presidency of GIBEC (Climate and Environment Inter-Agency Group), and co-chairmanship of the PFBC donors’ college.

The closing reception reaffirmed the UK’s commitment to maximizing the impact of its programs in the Congo Basin, highlighting international collaboration and the importance of meeting the needs of local communities.

This UK investment demonstrates a strong commitment to preserving the forests of the Congo Basin and its populations, emphasizing international collaboration and responding to local needs.

By the Editorial Team

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