Vox Congo

Jean Chrysostome Ndziona, 
January 16, 2018

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The Minister of the Forest Economy, Rosalie Matondo, affirmed, on January
16th in Brazzaville, that the cooperation and partnership agreements
defining the co-management modalities of the Ntokou-Pikounda National Park
would henceforth allow the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) ) to extend its
activities throughout the national territory as part of the preservation of
protected areas.

The cooperation agreement between the Congo and the WWF covers, among other
things, the areas of anti-poaching, wildlife law enforcement and the fight
against the illegal trade in wild fauna and flora species.

It will also deal with the sustainable management of forest concessions and
the promotion of FSC certification, the creation of a sustainable palm oil
sector, the monitoring of biodiversity and large wildlife, the
establishment of partnerships with private sectors to promote conservation
and community participation in natural resource management and
environmental education.

This text is concluded for a period of five years renewable after
evaluation of the results.

The partnership agreement defines the conditions for the co-management of
the Ntokou-Pikounda National Park and includes a preamble and seven titles
that define the mechanisms for co-management, governance and sustainable
financing of the park throughout the duration of the project. 5 years.

Rosalie Matondo said that this agreement, funded by the GEF, constitutes a
major challenge to be met in the context of the coherence of the ambition
to link the preservation of biodiversity to a socio-economic development
meeting the three principles of sustainable development.

“The expectations of the populations being enormous, it is now urgent and
mandatory to put the local populations of the area concerned at the center
of the activities selected. It will be an opportunity to make them real
actors in the conservation of their biodiversity. Beyond the enhancement of
these beautiful landscapes through eco-tourism, this sub-sector of
protected areas must offer many jobs to our youth in the interland, through
the recruitment of ecoguards, eco-guides, trackers and other support staff,
including senior level staff employed by our technical partners,” said
Rosalie Matondo.

Rosalie Matondo also emphasized that Congo is driven by the desire to
diversify partners in the field of wildlife management and protected areas.
This will allow him to benefit from several experiences to better manage
all these protected areas.

The Deputy Regional Director of WWF Africa, in charge of Central African
countries, said that the park of Ntokou-Pikounda National Park, which
straddles the department of Cuvette and Sangha, was created in 2013 “It is
a park of almost 5,000 km2 which contains a thousand elephants and forests,
several thousand chimpanzees and gorillas. Beyond these species, there is
biodiversity, forest cover, environmental services, climate regulation.
This park is not seen as a single isolated entity, but we see it in a much
broader, socio-economic context that is obvious for us to achieve these
goals of sustainable development,” he said.

The agreement between the Congo and the WWF was signed on November 8, 2017.
WWF is already involved in the management of the Dja-Odzala-Mink?b?
national tribe (TRIDOM), shared between Congo, Cameroon and the Central
African Republic.


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