Establish two important protected areas in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, in the Itombwe Massif and the Ngamikka Forest. Working closely with local communities and the Congolese authorities, the project team gathers the necessary data and ensures the legal requirements are fulfilled; and organizes consultations with local communities to ensure their rights and their vision are fully taken into account. For both sites, preliminary management plans will be prepared in consultation with local communities. Determine the feasibility of REDD+ at both sites as a means to sustainably cover the costs associated with conservation of the protected areas and some local development needs.
Strategic Direction:2 Improve the protection and management of the KBA network throughout the hotspot.