Governance structure of the TNS cooperation agreement
The cooperation agreement has provided for its operation, the four following bodies:
The TCSA is the supremedecision-making bodyof the TNS.
It consists of the ministers in charge of wildlife and forests of States Parties and the Executive Secretary of the Organization for the Conservation of Wildlife in Central Africa (OCFSA) as Reporter. The TCSA has as objectives:
- To establish the general guidelines on the operation of TNS in accordance with the current agreement or any other applicable agreement;
- To facilitate research and fundraising for TNS activities;
- To propose common rules;
- To approve the action plans and bi-annual reports;
- To Propose protocol accords;
- To consider and propose all necessary measures to prevent and resolve conflicts.
The CTSA meets in regular session once every two years.
The TSC is an advisory body.
The TMC is the monitoring body in charge of ensuring decisions put in place by the TCSA
It consists of the Divisional officers of the border regions, prosecutors at the courts of the relevant divisions or regions, officials from the law enforcement forces of the same units as above, the corresponding departmental or regional representatives of the Ministries in charge of wildlife and forests of the states concerned, donor representatives, conservators of TNS protected areas, officials in charge of conservation or sustainable management of natural resources projects active in the protection zone or in the peripheral zone of the TNS and any other expert appointed by the States.
The TMC is responsible to:
- To resolve conflicts that may fall within its jurisdiction;
- To monitor the implementation of action plans;
- Monitor the implementation of the provisions of the Agreement Protocols;
- To approve the work and follow-up plans;
- To monitor the operation of the TCPE;
- To finalize annual reports;
- Provide support to the coordination between government departments and the private sector.
TMC meets in regular session once a year.
The TCPE is one of the main organs of TNS and, at the field level, the most important mechanism for planning and coordination of border activities.
It consists of Conservators of TNS protected areas and leaders of conservation and sustainable management of natural resources projects or activities in the protection zone or in peripheral areas;
The TCPE meets twice a year in rotation at the headquarters base of one of the parks to develop and implement a joint action plan.
The implementation of the TNS Cooperation Agreement has resulted to date to the signing and entry into force of three Memorandums of Understanding between the three countries namely:
- The Memorandum of Agreement on anti-poaching,
- The Memorandum of Agreement on the circulation of TNS staff
- Protocol on the organization and operation of the Tri-National Anti-poaching Brigade (BLAB).
These various legal texts reflect the concern of the countries concerned to manage their forest ecosystems in concerted accordance with the priorities of the sub-regional Convergence Plan.