H.E. Henri Djombo

Minister of Forest Economy and Sustainable Development in the Republic of Congo (Brazzaville)

zoomH.E. Henry DjomboH.E. Henry DjomboBorn in the Likouala department in the north of the Republic of Congo, Henri Djombo has dedicated his life to the service of forests and their sustainable management.

A trained economist and married with 7 children, in 1976 he received his degree from the Forestry Technology Academy in Saint Petersburg, then called Leningrad.

Returning to join the government in 1997, the current Minister is considered to be the most senior minister of forestry in office in the world.

Responding to an environment of globalization with the development of regional blocs, he is actively engaged in the conception of a model for the combined management of forest resources, which links the countries in the Congo Basin and was the inspiration behind the creation of the Central African Forest Commission (COMIFAC). He is striving for sustainable forest management and forest certification, as well as fighting against the illegal exploitation of timber and wildlife, while promoting win–win partnerships with sponsors. 
A pleasant and open man, Henri Djombo represents his country as ambassador for forestry and sustainable development and holds important posts in international organizations such as the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
Committed to maintaining contact with the Congolese people, in 2002 and 2007 he was elected to the National Assembly and heads associations for sports and nature conservation. Vice-President of the Congo National Olympic & Sports Committee, President of the Congolese Federations of Table Tennis and Aikido, he recently created the Club Avenir (Future), an association that promotes the social integration of street children through sport. 

Henri Djombo is also President of the National Union of Writers and Artists of Congo and is the author of a number of novels and plays.

Tropical forests in trouble: How can certification be a tool to maintain key tropical forest ecosystems?
Tuesday 9 September, 11:00 - 12:30

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