From 26 October 2023 to 28 October 2023 Brazzaville, Congo

Amazon - Congo - Borneo - Mekong - South-East Asia Summit of the Three Basins

The Summit of the Three Basins of Biodiversity Ecosystems and Tropical Forests is being held from 26 to 28 October 2023 in Brazzaville, Republic of Congo. CIRAD and IRD are co-organizing a side event.

Preserving biodiversity and tropical forests is a vital issue in the light of climate change. The Three Basins Summit will bring together leaders from the Amazon, Congo and the Borneo-Mekong-Southeast Asia region, to form a global coalition. The aim of the Summit is to set up the first global coalition to restore 350 million hectares of terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems, as part of the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration.

During the Summit, CIRAD and IRD are co-organizing a side event on scientific support of efforts to achieve the targets set by partnerships for forests, nature and climate (PFNCs), which provide financial and technical support. This calls for interdisciplinary scientific support, long-term financial mechanisms, and capacity building. The side event will allow participants to discuss the importance of scientific support for achieving the PFNC targets. It is supported by the One Forest Vision, launched  the One Forest Summit in Libreville, Gabon.

Planning the scientific and capacity-building components of partnerships for forests, nature and climate in the three basins on a global, regional and national scale

26 October 2023, 15:30-16:30 (GMT+1)

Introduction: Alain Billand, Head of research Impact and Marketing, CIRAD

Moderator: Laurent Durieux, One Forest Coordinator, IRD

Part I: Partnerships for forests, nature and climate (PFNCs): what role can science play?
  • Sylvie Lemmet, Ambassador for the Environment, France;
  • Stéphanie Mbombo, Democratic Republic of Congo Head of State's Special Envoy for the new climate economy;
  • Suzanne Ngo-Eyok, Senior Vice-President, Africa Field Division, Conservation International.
Part II: Building the national scientific component of PFNCs: discussions
  • Alfred Ngomanda, Commissioner general, CENAREST, Gabon;
  • Jean-Jacques Braun, IRD Correspondent, Gabon;
  • Jean-Dedieu Nzila, teacher-researcher, University of Brazzaville, Congo;
  • Vivien Rossi, researcher, CIRAD.
Part III: Contribution of regional programmes and tools to PFNCs
  • Emma Torres, Vice-President for the Americas, SDSN;
  • Simon Lewis, University of Leeds, UCL, UK;
  • Aboubakar Mambimba Djoungui, Technical Manager, AGEOS, Gabon;
  • Donald Midoko Iponga, Director, IRET, Gabon, R2FAC.

Conclusions: Laurent Durieux, One Forest Coordinator, IRD