Protecting Conkouati Douli National Park

Where forest meets the sea: Conkouati-Douli National Park is mainly rainforest but also includes a marine reserve area. It is perhaps the only park in the world where you can find elephants, gorillas, chimpanzees, leopards and buffalo near humpback and orca whales, marine turtles, dolphins and manatees. Many of these species are critically endangered.

7,000 people live in or around the national park and rely on the forests for their livelihoods through fishing, agriculture and hunting. This project works with the local community to manage the forest and its resources sustainably. One way this is done by improving fishing techniques to decrease the dependency on bushmeat. The community income is also improved through an eco-tourism scheme while an education programme helps raise awareness amongst young people.


Threats:


• Illegal poaching for ivory and bushmeat
• Illegal logging and mining
• Illegal industrial fisheries.


Achievements:


• Set up eco-tourism bungalows to generate income
• 10 additional ecoguards employed
• Continues to be a refuge for elephants
• Wildlife crime unit set up
• Sustainable fishing techniques adopted
• Environmental education for young community members

Hectares:


285,000


UK Partner:



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