Agence d’Information d’Afrique CentraleFortunate Ibara,
November 3, 2018

The training takes place in the department of Sangha, on November 3
according to the Dispatches of Brazzaville, the World Wide Fund for Nature
(WWF) and the project Tridom Interzone Congo (Etic).

The main purpose of the internship is to provide new recruits with military
and professional knowledge so that the work of protecting and conserving
natural resources can be carried out quickly and efficiently.

“The extent of poaching that is taking place today in our sub-region in
general and particularly in our country, poaching practiced with weapons
and munitions of war, the threat it engenders no longer only weighs on
wildlife but also and now, on the peace and security of our states. For
almost ten years, we have even been talking about environmental terrorism,”
said Frederic Lambert Bockandza-Paco, director of the Congolese Wildlife
and Protected Areas Agency.

The modules of this training focused on the basics of different areas:
paramilitary, forestry, ecological, socio-economic, moral, ethical and
human rights, legislative, nature conservation, criminal law and general
information as they applied to environmental crime.

The knowledge acquired will increase the rangers’ response capacity and the
number of rangers at the Etic project sites, the Tala Tala Jua-lkie
anti-poaching monitoring unit, the Ntokou Pikounda National Park and the
cross-border migration corridors of large mammals of the transboundary
complex of the trinidad Dja-Odzala-Minkebe.

?The WWF is looking to strengthen its workforce for more deployment in the
field, including a large periphery is cross-border with Gabon and
Cameroon,? said Dieudonn? Patrice Ekoutouba Perfect Bobcela, Etic

These ecoguard students were selected following a call for applications
launched by the officials of the Ntokou-Pikounda National Park. Aged at
least 30 years, they come from the localities of Ngbala, Pikounda,
Tala-Tala, Souank?, Semb?, Ntokou and Garabizam. Their selection took into
account aspects of gender and ethnic minorities.

The holding of this internship concretizes the commitment made by the
government to ensure sustainable management of natural resources and
maintain the security of protected areas, through the Congolese Wildlife
and Protected Areas Agency in Congo.

?The sustainable management of our wildlife resources, with a view to the
development of ecotourism and the diversification of the national economy,
is considered among the fundamental points of the prospective vision of the
President of the Republic, Denis Sassou N’Guesso?, said a speaker during
the training.

Recall that the northern Congo Massif is considered one of the last
strongholds which shelter the emblematic species, such as the forest
elephant, the silver-backed gorilla, the chimpanzee, the panther as well as
the giant pangolin and others.