25 October 2021

Proforest and the Africa Palm Oil Initiative at CoP26: Marrakesh+5


Proforest and the Africa Palm Oil Initiative at CoP26: Marrakesh+5

On Nature Day, 6 November, ministers from seven African governments will meet to discuss five years of progress since the signing of the Marrakesh Declaration for Sustainable Development of the Palm Oil Sector.

The Marrakesh Declaration, a regional agreement on oil palm signed at CoP22 in Morocco in 2016, was the first of its kind in Africa for agricultural commodity production. It set out shared principles of sustainable development of the palm oil sector: protecting forests, good governance, and transparency while ensuring social benefits for farmers and community and human rights. Since 2016, the Marrakesh Declaration has been implemented through the Tropical Forest Alliance’s Africa Palm Oil Initiative (APOI), a programme managed by Proforest.

At the Marrakesh+5 event, government representatives from Côte d’Ivoire, Gabon, Ghana, Liberia, Edo State in Nigeria, Republic of Congo and Sierra Leone will share key milestones achieved and discuss the actions and investment required for future development. Proforest and TFA will join the event, which has been made possible by support from UK Government's Partnership for Forests (P4F) and Forest Governance, Markets and Climate (FGMC) programmes.

The Marrakesh+5 event ­will take place from 2:00 – 3:30 pm UK time in the Ghana Pavilion (attendees will need a pass to the Blue Zone).

For more information, please contact Ali Merifield, Director of Communications, Proforest.