AMFN VCA Strategic Workshop

AMFN Secretariat, Yaoundé, Cameroon

This workshop explored the Verified Conservation Area (VCA) Registry as an incentive measure to encourage area-based conservation where people live and work - in support of the SDGs and the Aichi Targets. It will specifically look at the role that the VCA approach can play in with the African Model Forest Network (AMFN).

The objectives of the workshop were to:

  1. Build regional interest in the VCA approach across AFMN's partnering country,
  2. Identify existing AMNF forests to be registered now as VCAs, and
  3. Agree on a set of strategic actions for moving forward.

Participants included AMNF representatives from the region who are interested in participating in or supporting a voluntary initiative to recognise and encourage area-based conservation where people live and work.



Wednesday, 11 July

12:30 Lunch and Registration 

14:00 Welcome

Overview of the Workshop

Introductions / presentations

14:45 Introduction to the Verified Conservation Areas Approach

Document and discussion material on the VCA approach and network

Q&A session

15:45 Coffee break

16:00 VCAs and Sustainable Development

VCAs and the SDGs

VCAs and the Biodiversity-Related Conventions

VCAs and Sustainability Standards

16:45 VCAs in the World/Forested VCAS in Africa and Indonesia

17:30 General Discussion

18:00 Reception followed by Dinner

Thursday 12 July

08:30 Overview of the African Model Forest Network

09:15 The potential added Value of the VCA approach to the Model Forests Network

10:00 Coffee Break

10:30 How to make it work?

Pilot approach (15 mn)

Proposed AMFN VCAs: Tasks and practical steps (30 mn)

Forms of support/What finance to mobilise, how, what probability of success? (30 mn)

Working Groups on Possible Next Steps and a chronogramme (30 mn) 

12:15 Report Back from the Working Groups

12:30 General Discussion

13:00 Lunch 

14:00 Strategic Bilateral Consultations on Next Steps

15:30 Coffee break

16:00 RAFM-VCA Agreement

16:30 Closing Plenary Discussion

17:00 Close of the Workshop 


AMFN Secretariat
Essos - Hotel du Platteau