On July 16 The Central Africa Forests Commission (COMIFAC) and the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) initiated a collaborative $7.7 million forest monitoring effort in 10 countries in central Africa’s Congo River Basin. The project will increase forest monitoring through the use of both satellite imagery and on-the-ground visits.
In addition, the project will build capacity in national institutions in all 10 member countries to improve forest management, governance, and monitoring. COMIFAC was formed in 2005 to act as a regional forum for the conservation of forests. The hope is that improved monitoring will lead to better forest management.
Source: Scidev.net (September 4, 2012)