CBFP was established in 2002 by US Secretary of State Colin Powell as a multi-lateral partnership promoting conservation, resource management, and sustainable development in the Congo Basin. Represented by the CAI, UW-Madison was the first university to join the partnership and participates today as a member of the Academic Consortium (see below). The CBFP is currently comprised of around 70 members from governments, NGOs, international research institutions, multilateral organizations, universities, and private sector partners.
COMIFAC is a regional organization founded in 1999 by ten Central African heads of state in order to collaborate on environmental policy and forest ecosystem management. COMIFAC and CBFP members like the CAI work to promote COMIFAC’s Convergence Plan, a regional action strategy.
Within IMFN, the African Model Forest Network (AMFN) creates Model Forests throughout Africa to promote sustainable management of forests alongside the promotion of local communities’ and peoples’ needs. To date, AMFN has established two forests in the Congo Basin, Campo Ma’an and Dja et Mpomo, both located in Cameroon. The CAI and the AMFN have collaborated on grant visits and other activities since 2012.
AfDB works to decrease poverty through economic and human development in the African continent. The AfDB supports project investment, as well as provides policy and technical consultation. The CAI works with the AfDB through a UW-Madison alumnus, Bamba Diop, a Conservation Biologist and Environmentalist.
Central African Institutions
Centre de Recherches en Sciences Naturelles
Founded in 1947 in Lwiro, Democratic Republic of the Congo, CRSN is a research station studying the biodiversity, climate, and human health of the Albertine Rift region. The CAI and CRSN have collaborated on several projects since 2015.
Established in 1970 in Garoua, Cameroon, EFG is a francophone institution of higher learning (or grande école) with a focus on wildlife conservation, resource and land management, and biodiversity preservation. EFG has served thousands of students from all over Africa with an education focused on both classroom knowledge and practical field skills. EFG and the CAI have worked together since 2012.
Parc National de la Bénoué is a national park located in northern Cameroon. The 180,000 hectare park is classified as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve and is maintained by a dedicated corps of rangers. The PNB has partnered with the CAI since 2012.
UDS is one of Cameroon’s largest and most prestigious public four-year universities. Similarly to UW-Madison, UDS strives to provide diverse and dynamic education for its students in undergraduate and graduate programs, with a specialty in agricultural research. UDS and the CAI have partnered since 2012.
American Governmental and Non-Governmental Organizations
ABCG is a consortium of American-based NGOs working to increase collaboration on international conservation issues, biodiversity promotion, and ideas exchange.
USAID promotes global development through the eradication of extreme poverty and the sustainability of democracy around the world. The United States was the facilitator of CBFP for the period of 2013-2015 under the leadership of Matthew Cassetta.
USFWS works to conserve and protect flora and fauna within the United States, although it also sponsors international projects through its Wildlife Without Borders (WWB) program. WWB entered a partnership with l’École de Faune de Garoua in 2012 to support EFG’s staff and students by increasing faculty training and providing student scholarships.
North American Institutions of Higher Learning
ACCBFP is a partnership of North American universities focusing on research and collaboration on issues of sustainable development and conservation. Member institutions work on individual projects and collaborate on joint efforts in North America and Central Africa, as well as with the CBFP. Since 2016, the consortium has participated in the CBFP as a member of the partnership’s Academic College.