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CAWHFI component funded by the French Global Environmental Fund (2007-2012)

Early in the implementation of Central African World Heritage Initiative’s first phase, the project partners felt the need to better integrate the project into the whole local ecological, socio-economic and cultural landscape.

The World Heritage Centre has since explored possibilities for collaboration with the French Facility for Global Environment, to develop a new component of the Initiative able to respond to these concerns about sustainable management. Thus, a new component, focused on awareness-raising and the accountability of local stakeholders in the problems of sustainable wildlife management, was developed in partnership with WCS and WWF. 

Objectives Results

Objective 1
Promote capacity building for all actors (including institutions) for the collaborative management of the wildlife around the protected areas and to reduce poaching pressure.

The development of technical expertise has improved the institutional environment at local, national and regional levels. The collaborative capacities of public and private actors have been strengthened, in particular in relation to sustainable wildlife management in the landscapes.

Objective 2
Define wildlife management plans agreed upon by actors from the protected areas’ peripheral zones.

In the Gamba-Mayumba-Conkouati and TRIDOM landscapes, wildlife management plans were prepared and adopted by the stakeholders (government, private sector, local populations). There actors were briefed ahead of time as to the importance of wildlife sustainable management and to the role they could play in anti-poaching activities. In parallel, agreements on the management of hunting were signed in several forest concession and inventories, and ecological monitoring of wildlife have also been put in place.

Objective 3
Implement and monitor wildlife management plans.

Platforms for consultation, organizing dialogue and collaboration between authorities, the private sector, conservation NGOs and local populations in matters of wildlife management, have been implemented. Anti-poaching activities have been strengthened. Awareness-raising activities regarding the protection and sustainable management of natural resources were organized for the relevant stakeholders. Lastly, the realization of community micro-projects was supported to promote the sustainable management of natural resources by local populations.

Implementation of the Central African World Heritage Initiative’s component financed by the Fonds Français pour l’Environnement Mondial was overall a success. The success of the project was partly due to its “wildlife” approach, undoubtedly relevant. Actions implemented in the peripheral zones of the three large transborder CAWHFI complexes have contributed to the improvement of the management of the ecological complexes targeted. In parallel, the signing of agreements for the transborder sites’ management attests to the States Parties’s growing awareness of the outstanding value of this natural heritage and of the necessity of taking a position on forestry and mining projects. Another success of this project was the support given for the preparation of land use plans for the Sangha Trinational and Dja-Odzala-Minkebe Trinational landscapes.