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Experts evaluate forest governance in Congo Basin

The Hotel La Falaise in Yaoundé February 6-8, 2017 played host to a consultation meeting to plan the Cooperative Audit…

The Hotel La Falaise in Yaoundé February 6-8, 2017 played host to a consultation meeting to plan the Cooperative Audit of the Congo Basin Forest.

Organised by the Secretariat of Africa Working Group on Environmental Auditing (AFROSAI-WGEA) and hosted by Cameroon’s Supreme State Audit Office, CONSUPE, the workshop aimed at providing a framework for the exchange of ideas between the Heads of Supreme State Institutions (SAIs) of the countries bordering the Congo Basin forest in the cooperative audit process. It equally intended to reach an agreement on the terms and conditions of the cooperative audit and to adopt a cooperative agreement laying down the framework for the implementation of the Cooperative Audit of the Congo Basin forest.

While opening the colloquium, Rose Mbah Acha, Minister Delegate at the Presidency of the Republic in charge of the Supreme State Audit, Secretary General of the African Organization of Supreme Audit Institutions, AFROSAI, said the objective of the audit is to highlight the strengths and weaknesses of the institutions of governance and forest management in the Congo Basin and to formulate resolutions to improve Forest governance in the said geographical space. To do so, the sharing of ideas between heads of Supreme Audit Institutions in the countries hosting the forests of the Congo Basin is necessary in order to build on the conditions and modalities of the audit.

Minister Mbah Acha said AFROSAI organized the consultation meeting on forest audit planning for the Congo Basin on three objectives aimed at, inter alia, involving the heads of senior public finance audit institutions in Congo Basin forests in the audit process and raising awareness on forest management mechanisms in the Congo Basin.

“It will also be necessary to reach agreement on the terms and conditions of the audit, including the adoption of a budget and a timetable and a quality assurance mechanism for cooperative audit as well as adopt a cooperation agreement setting the framework for carrying out the said audit,” she noted.

The expected results at the end of the meeting were as follows: ensure that Heads of SAIs of countries involved in the cooperative Audit fully adhere to the project and take a commitment to complete it under the best condition; sign a cooperation agreement in the form of a Memorandum of Understanding between the SAIs to carry out the cooperative Audit of the Congo Basin Forest; adopt a budget and the timeframe for the audit; approve a consensus criteria and modalities for selecting the composition of audit teams and the approval of the quality assurance mechanism for the Cooperative Audit of the Congo Basin forest.

The forests in the Congo Basin form the second largest forest mass in the world after the Amazon forest and account for about 16% of the world’s forested area. To combine the satisfaction of the economic needs of populations and their States while promoting environmental protection, the countries where these forests are located have legal instruments and programmes to ensure better management of this natural heritage.

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