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Posts by Hugues Adeloui Akpona

Access to agricultural markets restores biodiversity in Lomako

Photo of AWF-funded barge used to transport agricultural produce to markets along Congo and Maringa Rivers
         

Following years of social turmoil and civil war in the Democratic Republic of Congo, people living along the banks of the Congo and Maringa Rivers had few economic opportunities. When African Wildlife Foundation began working in the Lomako landscape in 2003, the organization prioritized local livelihood improvement via sustainable agriculture production as a critical necessity for conservation.

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Boots Made for Walking

Eco guard training in Iyondji Community Bonobo Reserve

Iyondji Community Bonobo Reserve (ICBR) was established at the request of the Iyondji community, who saw the benefits their neighbors were enjoying as the result of living alongside the Lomako Reserve—specifically job creation and income from tourism.  Since then, ICBR has been managed by DRC’s wildlife authority, l’Institut Congolais pour la Conservation de la Nature (ICCN), a valuable AWF partner.

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New Eyes and Ears for Iyondji Bonobo Reserve

Wildlife rangers with binoculars. Photo: Billy Dodson

New eco-guards enrich the Iyondji Community Bonobo Reserve’s Management Structure, created under CARPE II in northern DRC

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