REPUBLIC OF CONGO

Thursday 31 December 1998

Central African countries, sharing the world's second largest tropical rainforests, second only to the Amazon, have decided to come together to protect their biodiversity and face the challenges posed by economic globalisation. Conservationists from the six central African countries - Cameroon, Central African Republic (CAR), Republic of Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon and Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) - have decided to draw up a legal framework in this regard. This was decided at the first conference on the Ecosystems of Dense Tropical Rainforests of Central Africa (CEFDHAC). They have decided to make CEFDHAC a permanent conference, to be held every two years.

The legal framework aims at giving sovereignty to the states in managing their forests, said Henri Djombo, minister of forests in Congo.

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