The International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) and the Central African Forests Commission (COMIFAC) will jointly organize a sub-regional workshop in Yaoundé, Cameroon, from 26 to 27 September 2006.
The International Tropical Timber Council (ITTC) during its 38th session provided additional financial resources for the implementation of Decision 10(XXXII) to develop a sub-regional project proposal based on the most urgent needs identified by a feasibility study on the implementation of training programs on forest management and forest concession management. This meeting will take into account relevant ongoing initiatives regarding the implementation of these programs in various training institutions affiliated with the Network of Central African Forestry and Environmental Training Institutions (RIFFEAC).
A survey on the needs of training institutions had been undertaken by consultants as a basis for the formulation of a preliminary version of a sub-regional project proposal, which will be reviewed by sub-regional workshop participants.
This workshop aims to contribute to the development of a strategy for the reinforcement of RIFFEAC and the coordination of support for training institutions in the Congo Basin. This meeting and its expected results are in accordance with the implementation of the COMIFAC's Convergence Plan adopted by its member countries in December 2000.
Participants of this workshop should be representatives from training institutions affiliated with RIFFEAC, regional and international organizations supporting the process for the improvement of forestry training programs, and other relevant stakeholders.