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CAWHFI component funded by the European Commission (2009-2013)

This third component, funded by the European Commission, allowed the activities of CAWHFI to continue, while strengthening initiatives in favor of conservation and sustainable development of the spaces, species and people of the Congo Basin.

Objectives Results

Objective 1
Identify and recognize the most important protected areas of the Congo Basin through the World Heritage Convention.

The governmental partners were briefed and trained in the tools and concepts of the World Heritage Convention, and a framework for consultation among partners is now functional.

The TNS was inscribed on the World Heritage List in 2012, an outcome of the nomination preparation process, supported by UNESCO and WCS. The governments of Congo and Gabon have signed an agreement for the creation of the Mayumba-Conkouati Transborder Park.

Objective 2
Improve the sustainable funding of activities in the Sangha Trinational ecological complex.

The capacity of the Sangha Trinational Foundation to manage and administer funds for sustainable conservation has been reinforced.

Objective 3
Strengthen the monitoring capacities so as to improve the effectiveness of the management for all the partners of the three ecological complexes.

The tool MIST was selected for law enforcement monitoring and for appropriate decision-making regarding the National Parks’ surveillance. The databases and the collection protocols have also been improved and the training tools have been adapted.

Objective 4
Support the private sector and national administrations in the sustainable management of natural resources, and in particular of wildlife, in protected areas.

The impact of mining, forestry, and energy investment projects in the TRIDOM has been limited.

Anti-poaching activities have, overall, been a success in the TRIDOM. Implementation and follow-up of the memoranda of understanding on the management of hunting in the TRIDOM have yet to yield concrete results, but are in process.

In the Complex of Protected Areas of Gamba (CPAG), the capacity of local touristic operators, local NGOs and governmental partners has been reinforced for the sustainable management of natural resources.

Objective 5
Communicate the results.

The communication of the results has contributed to a better understanding from the States Parties, the partners and the public, of the World Heritage Convention and its importance for the protection of the Outstanding Values of the natural heritage in the Congo Basin.

Implementation of the Central African World Heritage Initiative’s component, financed by the European Commission was overall a success. Attainment of the objectives has notably been possible thanks to the successful collaboration between the technical partners of this component and to the success of consultations between the stakeholders (national and local authorities, private sector, local populations). It should be noted that the local populations actively participated in the planning and implementation of the activities linked to conservation.