The first CAWHFI component focuses on improving the management capacity of nine protected areas of the Congo Basin to significantly reduce poaching pressure affecting them. It also seeks to investigate and promote the potential outstanding universal value of the selected sites in view of their possible inscription on the World Heritage List.
Elaborated with four NGO partners (World Wide Fund for Nature, Wildlife Conservation Society, Conservation International and Jane Goodall Institute), wildlife and protected area Services of the four partners countries (Cameroon, Congo, Gabon and Central Africa Republic), and FAO, the project document has been approved in March 2003 by the United Nation Foundation. Field activities of this component began mid 2004.
This US$ 6.6 million program is half financed by the United Nation Foundation. The remaining half of the funds has been raised by NGO partners implementing the program. As of today, WWF and WCS carry out all remaining technical assistance work in the various sites and should maintain their activities until 2010.