Development, university training and scientific research for better management of natural resources

The work and research for development conducted by FORETS “FOrmation, Recherche, Environnement dans la TShopo” (training, research, environment in the Tshopo region) provide opportunities for policy makers, funders and communities to better understand the contribution that forests play in supporting local economies, health and well-being and regional biodiversity.

The project, funded with resources from the XI European Development Fund, is expected to make an important contribution to integrated development of the Yangambi Biosphere Reserve in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Its specific objectives are conservation and the sustainable use of the biodiversity and ecosystem services alongside local economic development in the area.  Activities take place in Yangambi and Kisangani in the Tshopo Province. They address the need to support local communities through raising awareness and outreach, but also build local human resource capacity though formal university training programs including masters- and doctoral-level programs.

The project includes socio-economic development opportunities in an area of about 400,000 hectares with direct and indirect impacts on a population of approximately one million urban and rural dwellers. The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) is implementing the project with help from local and international partners.

The Yangambi Biosphere Reserve is situated in the north of the Democratic Republic of Congo along the Congo River in one of the world’s largest intact tracts of tropical forest.

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