Mrs Cécile Ndjebet is an agronomist and social forester by profession. Gender specialist and Women Leadership trainer and adviser, she holds a M.Sc. in social forestry from Wageningen University and Research in the Netherlands.
With 33 years of field experience, Cécile started her professional career as a Cameroonian civil servant. In 1997, she joined the civil society organizations. She is one of the well-known leaders of CSO REDD&CC platform in Cameroon, where she is a National REDD+&CC Steering Committee Member; and Regional Coordinator of CSO REDD+&CC Platform of Central Africa.
To promote women’s direct and effective participation in natural resources management in Africa, in 2009, Cécile founded the African Women’s Network for Community Management of Forests (REFACOF), a regional network within 17 countries in West and Central Africa.
In 2012, Cécile was elected Climate Change Champion of the Central African Commission on Forests (COMIFAC).
At international level, Cécile is an active member of The U.N. Women Major Group and well-known advocate for women’s tenure rights within global women networks such as Global Gender and Climate Alliance (GGCA), Gender and Water Alliance (GWA), Women’s Environment & Development Organization (WEDO), Women’s Organizing for Change in Agriculture and Natural resources management (WOCAN) and Global Women Tenure Network (GWTN).
She is a steering committee member of The Forests Dialogue (TFD), Focal Point of the Women Major Group of the United Nations Forest Forum (UNFF), Woman Observer in the World Bank Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF), member of the World Bank inter-organizational reference group on Understanding forests’ contribution to poverty reduction and Africa focal point for International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO), and of the Civil Society Advisory Group (CSAG).
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