News  |  16.10.2020

ATIBT Webinar October 28, 2020 - Plantation and agroforestry : innovative opportunities for the private forestry sector - Congo Basin and Ivory Coast

On October 28, 2020, ATIBT is organizing a webinar via Zoom to present the various works carried out on agroforestry and timber plantations.

ATIBT Webinar October 28, 2020 -  Plantation and agroforestry : innovative opportunities for the private forestry sector - Congo Basin and Ivory Coast

In order to maintain forest potential, both in quantity and quality, it is increasingly essential, especially in certain countries where population pressure is intense, to combine natural regeneration with silvicultural methods involving the planting of trees, by giving priority to local species of high heritage value. 

From 2013 to 2020, ATIBT implemented a large project partially funded by the FFEM which has the overall objective of actively contributing the private sector to the sustainable management of tropical forests and to the socio-economic development of timber-producing countries.

As part of the implementation of this project, discussions were carried out, in particular in agroforestry and timber planting: 

  • Agroforestry:

- In 2018, with the support of Kinomé and Oréade Brèche, an opportunity study of agroforestry projects for cultivation under shade of forest species was carried out.

- In connection with this work and at the initiative of the actors of the City of Sustainable Development of Nogent sur Marne, a first meeting of the "agroforestry group" of the City took place on April 25, 2018.

- In 2019, there was a presence at the 4th World Agroforestry Congress in Montpellier (April 2019), very stimulating for the group formed.

- In collaboration with the partners of the City of Sustainable Development, ATIBT and Kinomé presented a poster based on the study cited above and in connection with the “Equity” program implemented by Commerce Equitable France and financed by the FFEM.

- In 2020, with the support of the Eticwoood - Gembloux - Pallisco consortium, the reflection continued leading to the creation of the guide on agroforestry projects for forestry companies and the development of two feasibility studies of agroforestry projects.

- This work was notably presented during the online meeting of the “agroforestry group” of the Cité du Développement Durable on May 7, 2020.

  • Plantation:

- In 2018, the analysis of experiences with forest plantations in the Ivory Coast was carried out by FRMi, through the prism of diversification opportunities for natural forest concessions. One of the main lessons to be learned is that reforestation, which initially was more an obligation, has now become central to the strategy of term supply and therefore the survival of the profession.

- In addition, an inventory study of the legality and regulations relating to timber plantations in five countries (Gabon, Congo, DRC, Cameroon, RCI) made it possible to identify many obstacles to growth plantations while offering solutions (TEREA). 

- In 2020, ATIBT with the support of the ONFi - CIRAD consortium was able to continue and deepen these first two studies. Firstly, a didactic guide on setting up projects integrating timber planting was developed, followed by two feasibility studies to support two forestry companies in this direction.

The purpose of this webinar is to present all this work.

See the Webinar program (French version)

If you want to participate, contact Maylis Borelli.