Co-Chairs’ Summary: Understanding Deforestation Free Commitments in Central African Context, Mouila Gabon

The Forests Dialogue (TFD) convened a field dialogue on Understanding Deforestation-
Free (UDF) in Gabon on 14 – 19 October in Mouila, the capital of Gabon’s Ngounié
Province. The dialogue brought together 58 stakeholders, including international and
Gabon forest sector and commodity supply chain stakeholders from industry, civil society,
Indigenous Peoples, NGOs, governments, and non-governmental and inter-governmental
organizations (see Annex I for a complete participant list). Participants represented a broad
diversity of professional expertise and experience relevant to the design and implementation
of deforestation-free commitments in Gabon, West and Central Africa, and globally.

The UDF dialogue in Mouila was co-convened by Gabon’s National Climate Council.

This was the second field dialogue under the TFD initiative on Understanding
Deforestation-Free (UDF), which launched in October 2014 with a scoping dialogue at
Yale University in the United States.