The Jengi Programme
It comprises three national parks – Lobéké (217,854ha), Boumba-Bek (238,255ha), Nki (309,362ha) – and the Ngoyla Mintom forest block (943,000ha).
The programme includes two transboundary conservation initiatives:
- TRIDOM ( Tri-national Dja-Odzala-Minkebe), which groups protected areas in Cameroon, Republic of Congo and Gabon
- Tri-National de la Sangha (TNS), which links protected areas in Cameroon (Lobeke), Central African Republic (Dzanga-Ndoki) and Republic of Congo (Nouabale Ndoki).
- We helped create three national parks through participatory land-use planning
- We developed management plans for Lobeke, Boumba-Bek and Nki national parks.
- We helped improve management plans for 23 forest management units, which are now being implemented.
- We worked with the BaAka community to map areas in national parks, where they traditionally harvest natural resources, and to negotiate access rights.
- We advocated inclusion of BaAka customary rights in the management plans of national parks.
- We helped set up two transboundary conservation initiatives, TNS and TRIDOM.
- We established local structures to ensure transparency in the management of forest and wildlife revenues.
1. Conversion of forests into agricultural land
2. Poaching, facilitated by the traffic of automatic weapons such as AK47
3. Illegal wildlife trade
4. Mining in previously undisturbed forests
5. Unsustainable logging
6. Unsustainable sport hunting
Underlying factors include:
1. Lack of policy harmonisation
2. Poor law enforcement