OUR OBJECTIVES1. Establish clear boundaries for a 7,000km2 protected area and community forest in Itombwe, clarifying the 2006 order creating the Itombwe Nature Reserve.
2. Work with the private sector to minimize the negative effects of resource exploitation and promote adherence to international standards of operations.
3. Strengthen civil society as a credible and influential conservation partner.
- Carrying out biological and socio-economic studies to improve understanding of the environment, people’s needs and socio-economic dynamics
- Building the capacity of civil society organizations
- Taking into account the rights and needs of local communities and indigenous peoples
- Promoting alternatives to unsustainable exploitation of natural resources
- Supporting the process of establishing the Provincial Advisory Council on Forests (CCPF), in accordance with the national Forestry Code
- Working with communities and local authorities to define the boundaries of the Itombwe Reserve and agree on different use zones within and around the reserve