- Our work
The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is a vast country with an enormous wealth of natural resources. Its forests contain abundant biodiversity, including many endangered and endemic species. DRC is particularly significant for primate conservation, hosting three out of the four great apes species: gorilla, chimpanzees and bonobos. However, habitat destruction and bushmeat hunting pose a severe threat to biodiversity in DRC, and in particular to the survival of the endangered species that inhabit it. While DRC is considered the richest country in the world in terms of natural resources, its citizens are among the poorest. Years of civil war, weak governance and widespread corruption have resulted in political insecurity, lack of infrastructure and mounting human pressure on biodiversity.
In response to this, the Poverty and Conservation Learning Group (PCLG) established a national group in DRC in 2014, to bring together DRC conservation and development practitioners to share their experiences and to work together to better inform poverty and conservation policy and practice in DRC.
Whilst working towards the broader aims of the PCLG, the DRC network will:
Linking great ape conservation and poverty alleviation in DRC 2014
On 21st - 22nd of May 2014, a workshop took place in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), which brought together people working on conservation and development issues in DRC, with a focus on the conservation of great apes. The workshop revolved around a number of distinct themes and topics. Day One mainly focused on learning from each other, with a series of project level presentations made. On Day two, participants explored relevant national processes relating to poverty and conservation and developed a way forward for advancing the learning into the future.
Great ape conservation and poverty reduction
DRC PCLG is one of the beneficiaries of wider support provided to the PCLG by the Arcus Foundation. Under this grant, IIED has explored the need for setting up other national chapters of the PCLG, beyond the already established groups in Uganda and Cameroon. The work in DRC revolves around the following main activities:
This project started in April 2013 and runs to April 2016.
DRC PCLG Steering Committee Meeting - June 2015
Rapport bref de la mission PCLG-DRC à Kigali, Rwanda - November 2015 [PDF]
DRC-PCLG: Experience & lessons learnt - Power point presentation - November 2015 [PDF]
DRAFT French version - Cartographie de projets de conservation de grands singes intégrant une composante sur les moyens de subsistance en République Démocratique du Congo: une étude préliminaire - Ferbuary 2016
Poverty and conservation in DRC – what role for a network? - Alessandra Giuliani, August 2014
For more information about DRC PCLG (including how to join for those based in DRC), please contact us.