CAFI EG2 - Bioko Field observation- DD study May 2017
CAFI EG4- Field observation- DD study May 2017

Equ. Guinea REDD+ NIF : steady progress noted 


July 2017 : Upon receiving a preparatory grant to develop a National Investment Framework (NIF) in November 2016, Equatorial Guinea, led in this effort by the Ministry of Economy, Planning and Public Investment, and supported by FAO, has shown remarkable and steady action. Below are highlights of progress to date. 

High level, multi-stakeholder Steering Committee operational and active

The high-level, multistakeholder Steering Committee has convened twice. The first meeting, last December, had marked the launch the development of the NIF; the second meeting, in June, allowed to take stock of the development of the NIF. Opening the meeting, the Minister of Economy recalled how the country's commitment to fighting climate change through REDD+ was responding to the UNFCCC Paris Agreement. The meeting, with representatives from the Government, the Parliament, civil society, academia and the private sector, was also an opportunity to identify collaboration opportunities with other national and regional initiatives, such as

  • the Green Climate Fund - a project proposal was presented to strengthen the National Designated Authority
  • the Global Environmental Facility, on protected areas
  • UNICEF's rural schools and horticultural projects
  • Equatorial Guinea’s National Institute for Forestry Development and Protected Area Management (INDEFOR-AP), with eco-guards conducting the qualitative aspects of the study on drivers) 
  • the National University of Equatorial Guinea (UNGE)

and to reflect on challenges during the first few months of elaborating the Investment plan. 

Capacity development

In June also started workshops to strengthen the capacity of newly-hired national experts, recruited for their knowledge in forestry, environmental economics, gender, and geographical systems tools. The June workshop focused on the country’s vision for the National REDD+ strategy and action plan, expected at the end of August 2017.

Technical validations of the priority drivers of deforestation and degradation

Combining technical tools (Collect Earth) and field observations, on a random sample of 400 points throughout the national territory, drivers and sub-drivers of forest land use change were first identified last April and validated in July 2017. Expansion of infrastructure, agriculture and extraction of forest products are cited as main drivers.

Consulting and engaging stakeholders on the causes of deforestation and degradation

Prior to this, the stakeholder consultation plan on the causes of deforestation and forest degradation had been presented in May. First, this plan includes participatory workshops with NGOs that apply the strong gender strategy underpinning the development of the NIF. This takes the shape of women-only meeting, men-only meeting, and a mixed one. Second, it is expected that this plan delivers information at the provincial level on who (agents of deforestation and degradation), why (the reasons for their actions); where (location-specific data) and when (what is happening now, and what is expected to happen in the future). Second, semi-structured interviews will occur both at the national and the provincial levels with key informants and experts. And third, a provincial -level analysis will be undertaken. Information about the plan (in Spanish) is available here.

This plan is fully in line and coherent with a seminar on gender mainstreaming for FAO-supported activities in the country. 


Workplan for the 2nd half of 2017


CAFI EG NIF- Workplan Q34
CAFI EG5 - Mainland Field observation- DD study May 2017


CAFI EG4- Field observation- DD study May 2017


CAFI EG6- Field observation- DD study May 2017


CAFI EG7- Field observation- DD study May 2017


CAFI EG12 - consultations on DD 2017


CAFI EG13 - consultations on DD 2017


CAFI EG15 - consultations on DD 2017


Field observations for the D&D study, in Bioko and on the mainland; workshops