Governance is, broadly speaking, a concept representing the way in which a field of activity is governed. Governance refers to a system of decision-making entities that directs a certain field of activity, in other words, a “system of governance”, involving, in particular, a governance structure and a dynamic system (governance processes, management activities, etc.).

The Steering Committee (COPIL) is responsible for providing strategic guidance and impetus for the operation of the governance bodies established in the JFA, validating the proposals made by the Technical Committee, and ensuring governance in the process of implementing the Joint Framework for Action.

The Technical Committee (TC) is responsible for coordinating the effective implementation of the actions defined in the JFA, supervising the work of the various working groups and validating their action plans, making proposals to the Steering Committee and preparing the various meetings of the Steering Committee.

The Permanent Technical Secretariat is responsible for preparing and organizing COPIL and TC meetings, assisting the signatories in the preparation and implementation of the Action Plan, coordinating activities to mobilize funding for the Action Plan, preparing the progress report on activities, assisting the WGs in their operations and monitoring their work, coordinating, through administrative support, the realization of studies in collaboration with the WGs, ensuring information sharing with all the stakeholders of the Cocoa & Forests Initiative, mobilizing funding for the operational functioning (governance, communication and monitoring and evaluation) of the Initiative.

The Working Groups (WGs) are responsible for proposing a detailed action plan with a roadmap specifying the objectives, the implementation schedule, and the budget, for proposing the results indicators related to the achievement of the identified objectives, and for contributing to the monitoring of the implementation of the JFA detailed action plan. The thematic working groups are Agroforestry and Sustainable Production, Forest Protection and Rehabilitation, Social Inclusion, Monitoring and Evaluation, Traceability, National Parks, and Financing.

In addition, in order to ensure the supervision, coordination and capitalization of the achievements of the Cocoa & Forests Initiative, on August 01, 2018, MINEF created the Cocoa & Forests Initiative Project Coordination Unit by Ministerial Order 00639 MINEF/CAB. This Unit represents MINEF within the Technical Secretariat of the Cocoa & Forests Initiative. Thus, it works in close collaboration with IDH and WCF to ensure the Secretariat and the facilitation of CFI in Côte d’Ivoire.

From 16 million hectares in 1900, the Ivorian forest cover fell to 7,850,864 hectares in 1990 and then to 3,401,146 in 2015.


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