The FORETS project "FOrmation, Research, Environment in TShopo" is designed as a substantial contribution to integrated landscape development. It includes the Yangambi Biosphere Reserve in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The project focuses on the conservation and enhancement of biodiversity and ecosystem services in order to contribute to the sustainable development of local populations. The activities defined on the Yangambi–Kisangani axis in Tshopo Province concern support to local communities through awareness raising, extension and supervision. They also strengthen national human resources, particularly through formal courses at the University of Kisangani. FORETS aims to embrace a range of socioeconomic development opportunities within a landscape of about 400,000 hectares, directly or indirectly affecting a rural and urban population of about 1 million people.