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Congo: Heritage in Danger

Programme of the Workshops and Conference


Ensuring the protection of sites in DRC: An Experts Workshop

13 September 2004

9:30 – 10:00 Opening
  • Mr Francesco Bandarin, Director of the World Heritage Centre, UNESCO
  • Mr Natajaran Ishwaran, Director, Division of Ecological Sciences, UNESCO
  • Ms Eulalie Bashige, Director-General of Institut Congolais pour la Conservation de la Nature (ICCN)
10:00 – 13:00 Session I: Evaluation of the first phase of the UNESCO/UNF Project

Introduction and Chairmanship:
Mr Jean-Pierre d’Huart, Consultant, UNESCO

Keynote presentations:
Questions and answers
Discussion:

 The impact of UNESCO / UNF project on biodiversity in DRC, and on the main lessons to share with the international community

Moderator:
Mr Jean-Pierre d’Huart

Conclusion
14:30 – 17:30 Session II: Assisting with remote sensing tools for monitoring World Heritage Sites in DRC

Introduction and Chairmanship:
Ms Brigitte Decadt, Federal Office for Science Policy, Belgium

Keynote presentations:
  • Use of space technologies to monitor gorilla habitat in DRC
    Mr Diego Fernández Prieto, European Space Agency (ESA)
  • Deriving cartography for World Heritage Sites
    Mr Philippe de Maeyer, University of Gent, Belgium
  • The need for good tools for monitoring biodiversity in WH sites in DRC
    Mr John Hart, Wildlife Conservation Society
Questions and answers
Round table:

The use of satellites images and high technologies is crucial for monitoring but capacity building and a minimum of infrastructure is needed as well.

Moderator:
Mrs Brigitte Decadt

Panellists include:
  • Mr Carlos de Wasseige (UCL)
  • Mr Marc Languy (WWF)
  • Mr Mirindi Jobogo (ICCN)
Conclusion
17:30 – 18:00 Conclusions of day 1

Mr Jean-Pierre d’Huart, Consultant, UNESCO


14 September 2004 Morning session

9:30 – 10:00 Session III: The importance of the DRC World Heritage Sites for the conservation of great apes

Introduction and Chairmanship:
Mr Jean Ngog Nje, Regional School for the Integrated Management of Tropical Forests (ERAIFT)

Keynote presentations:
  • The perception of great ape conservation in different historical, political and socio-cultural contexts
    Mr Frédéric Joulian, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales
  • Mountain gorillas in the Virunga National park: State of conservation and eco-tourism.
    Ms Annette Lanjouw, International Gorilla Conservation Programme (IGCP)
  • The bonobos in Salonga National Park: prospects for conservation.
    Dr Gay Reinartz, Zoological Society of Milwaukee (ZSM)
  • Great apes and bush meat trade in Central Africa: current state and need for a regional cooperation strategy
    Mr Jean Bihini won wa Musiti, World Conservation Union (IUCN)
  •  Epidemiological aspects: the case of Ebola fever in the region of the Odzala Biosphere Reserve
    Mr Mathieu Ebéké, GRASP Cameroon
  • Role of the press in awareness raising for great apes conservation
    Ms Rachel Fléaux-Mulot, Sciences et avenir
Questions and answers
Round table:

The importance of DRC World Heritage Sites for the conservation of great apes

Moderator:
Mr Jean Ngog Nje

Panellists include:
  • Mr Bernard Fosso, GRASP Focal point Cameroon
  • Mr Dieudonné Ankara, GRASP Focal point Republic of Congo
  • Ms Melanie Virtue, UNEP – GRASP Team leader
  • Ms Annette Lanjouw, International Gorilla Conservation Programme
  • Dr Gay Reinartz, Zoological Society of Milwaukee
Conclusion
14:00 – 17:00 Session IV: The implication of local communities in the Conservation of World Heritage Sites in DRC: lessons learned and future perspectives

Introduction and Chairmanship:
Mr Marc Languy, World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF)

Keynote Presentations:
Questions and answers
Discussion:

The implication of local communities in the conservation of World Heritage sites in DRC: lessons learned and future perspectives Moderator: Mr Marc Languy, WWF

Conclusion
17.00 – 18.00 Conclusions of the day 2 and closing remarks

Mr Jean-Pierre d’Huart, Consultant UNESCO


Partners for World Heritage in the Democratic Republic of Congo : a meeting between the public and private sector

15 September 2004

Chairmanship: Mr Grégoire Bakandeja wa Mpungu, Dean of the Faculty of Law, University of Kinshasa and President of the National Commission for Economics and Finances, DRC

10:30 – 10:50 Introduction to the World Heritage Convention
10:50 – 11:20 UNF Commitment to the World Heritage Convention
11:10 – 12:00 Biodiversity Conservation in Regions of Armed Conflict: Preserving World Heritage Sites in DRC
12:00 – 13:00 The relationship between business and the natural environment
14:00 – 14:20 The business context in DRC

The changing face of DRC’s business environment
Mr Emmanuel Mbi, World Bank

14:20 – 15:40 Challenges and opportunities in DRC: Case studies
  •  Developing & implementing corporate responsibility policy & practice in DRC
    Ms Kate Harcourt, Social & Environmental Manager, Adastra
  • The Congolese business community’s perspective
    Mr Victor Kasongo, Director General, Centre d’Evaluation, d’Expertise et de Certification
  • Presentation of the Interafrican Forest Industries Association’s action
    Mr Jean – Pierre Landrot, General Secretary, IFIA
  • Artisanal mining in the DRC
    Ms Jackie Damon, Coordinator, Initiative for Central Africa, OECD
15:40 – 16:20 Discussion panel

An open forum for representatives from Governments, the business sector, NGOs, the World Bank, UNESCO and other partners to react to presentations and explore possible areas of co-operation.

Moderator: Mr Grégoire Bakandeja wa Mpungu

16:20 – 16:30 Closing remarks

Mr Francesco Bandarin, Director of UNESCO’s World Heritage Centre

Followed by a Guided tour of the exhibition "Congo: Nature and Culture in the Democratic Republic of Congo" curated by the Royal Museum for Central Africa of Tervuren (Belgium).


Promoting and Preserving Congolese Heritage Linking Biological and Cultural Diversity

16 September 2004

10:00 – 11:30 Inauguration ceremony

Speeches by:

11:30 – 13:00 Theme I: Promoting and Preserving Congolese Heritage

Introduction and Chairmanship by:
Mr Walter Erdelen, Assistant Director-General for Natural Sciences, UNESCO

Keynote presentations:
Round table:

The Role of Local Knowledge in the Preservation of Congolese Heritage

Introduction and Moderation by:
Mrs Shaje Tshiluila, Director of the National Museums of the DRC

Panellists include:
14:30– 16:00 Theme II: Protecting the Congo Basin Biodiversity

Introduction and Chairmanship by:
 Mr Kalemani Jo Mulongoy, Head of the Division of Scientific, Technical and Technological Matters, Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity

Keynote presentations:
15:45 Discussion and conclusion by the Chairperson
16:30 – 18:00 Theme III: The World Heritage of the Democratic Republic of the Congo: The Heart of Congo Basin

Introduction and Chairmanship by:
Mr Natajaran Ishwaran, Director of the Division of Ecological Sciences, UNESCO

Keynotes presentations:
17:45 Discussion and conclusion by Chairperson
18:00 Special Presentation:

Congo: Nature and Culture in DRC Mr Guido Gryseels, Director of the Royal Museum for Central Africa, Tervuren, Belgium

18:15 Cocktail and Guided Tour of the Exhibition Congo: Nature and Culture in the DRC

17 September 2004

10:00 – 13:00 Theme IV: Conserving World Heritage Biodiversity in Times of Conflict

Introduction and Chairmanship by:
Mr Noureini Tidjani-Serpos, Assistant Director-General, Africa Department, UNESCO

Keynote presentations:
11:45 Questions from the floor
12:15 Round table:

Looking ahead: Democratic Republic of Congo’s World Heritage in the Next Decade

Moderation by Mr Jean-Pierre d’Huart

Panellists include:
  • Ms Eulalie Bashige, Director-General of the Institut Congolais pour la Conservation de la Nature (ICCN)
  • Mr Jérôme Mabiala ma Khete, Director, Permanent Forest Management and Inventory Service (SPIAF)
  • Mr Samy Mankoto, President of Réseau des Aires Protégées de l’Afrique Centrale (RAPAC), former DG of ICCN
  • Mr John Lukas, President of the International Rhino Foundation, Director of Gilman International Conservation
  • Ms Annette Lanjouw, Technical Advisor International Gorilla Conservation Programme (IGCP)
  • Mr Guy Debonnet, Programme Specialist, UNESCO’s World Heritage Centre
14:30 – 18:00 Theme V: Partners for World Heritage in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Introduction and Chairmanship by:
Mr Francesco Bandarin, Director of UNESCO’s World Heritage Centre

14:45 Declaration by the Government of the Democratic Republic of Congo Highlighting the Political Commitment for the Preservation of World Heritage Sites in Danger

Mr Anselme Enerunga, Minister for the Environment, Nature, Conservation and Forestry, Democratic Republic of Congo

Presentations by Donors Supporting the World Heritage in the Democratic Republic of the Congo:
15:00 Government representatives:
  •  Government of Belgium
    Mr Eric Duchêne, Ambassador, Deputy Director General of the Belgian Cooperation
  •  Government of Germany
    Ms Gudrun Grosse Wiesmann, Deputy Director General for Africa, Ministry of Development Cooperation
  • Government of USA
    Ms Ann Carson, Permanent Delegation of USA to UNESCO
  •  Government of France
    Ms Bérengère Quincy, Director for Technical Cooperation, DGCID
  • Government of Italy
    Mr Roberto Tortoli, Under-Secretary for Environment
16:15 Intergovernmental agencies:
  • World Bank / Global Environmental Facility
    Mr Emmanuel Mbi, Country Director of Operation for the Democratic Republic of Congo
  • European Union
    Mr Gilles Fontaine, Permanent Delegate of the European Union to UNESCO and OECD
  •  United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) / Global Environmental Facility
    Mr Abdoulaye Ndiaye, Regional Coordinator Biodiversity for West/Central Africa
  • European Space Agency (ESA)
    Mr Jean-Charles Bigot, Director of International Relations, ESA
17:00  Non-governmental representatives:
  • United Nations Foundation (UNF)
    Mr David Carter, Vice President for Finance
  • Conservation NGO partners of UNESCO
  • International Rhino Foundation (IRF)
  • World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF)
  • Zoological Society of London (ZSL)
  • Fauna and Flora International (FFI)
  • African Wildlife Foundation (AWF)
  • Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS)
  • Gilman International Conservation (GIC)
  • Zoological Society of Milwaukee (ZSM)
  • Frankfurt Zoological Society (FZS)
17:30 Discussion and conclusion by the Chairperson
17:50 Report from the workshop “Partners for Heritage in DRC”

Mr Grégoire Bakandeja wa Mpungu, Dean of the Faculty of Law, University of Kinshasa and President of the National Commission for Economics and Finances, DRC

18:00 – 18:30 Closing ceremony

Speeches by:

When
Friday, September 10, 2004
8:00 AM
Sunday, September 26, 2004
8:00 AM
Where
Paris, France