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Assessment and development of a revised and expanded Protected Area Network in the Democratic Republic of Congo

As of: April 2018

Objective and activities

The project aimed to lay the groundwork for planning, establishing and improving a network of protected areas in the Congo Basin covering 15% of the country’s surface area. This new network preserves the biodiversity of forest and freshwater ecosystems and safeguard their role as carbon sinks. The project partners analysed all available data relating to protected areas and develop a catalogue of proposals and a strategic plan.

State of implementation/results

  • Project completed
  • Potential new protected areas identified, development and application of data collection standards and protocols
  • Review of conservation area legislation and the current legal status of protected areas involving legal experts from the regional non-governmental organisation Avocat Verts and other project partners; the process for the overall framework legislation of the protected areas is already complete and recommendations have been incorporated into this process
  • Application of the current guidelines to clearly define the borders in 18 protected areas; information has been collected in a databank;
  • Multi-week field expeditions in two regions (Domaine de Chasse et Réserve Zoologique et Forestière de Bombo-Lumene/ Maniema Province) for collecting data, designating priority species and documenting illegal activities; protected area borders have been redefined via a participatory process with the local communities
  • Field studies, workshops and regular meetings have been held regarding protected area management in conjunction with the conservation authority ICCN
  • Partnerships established (inside and outside the WWF network) to ensure technical and financial support of the project

Project data

The Democratic Republic of Congo

Implementing organisation:
World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) - Germany

Partner institution:
  • Ministry of Environment, Nature Conservation and Tourism (MECNT) - DR Congo
  • Congolese Wildlife Authority (Institut Congolais pour la Conservation de la Nature - ICCN) - DR Congo
  • Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) - Congo

BMU grant:
€ 1,999,360.78

12/2009 till 12/2014


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