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Marco Lambertini met with the DRC President, HE Felix Antoine Tshisekedi, in New York

The year two thousand and nineteen, on the twenty-third day of September in New York, the President of the Democratic Republic of Congo, HE Felix Antoine Tshisekedi met with the Director General of WWF (World Wide Fund for Nature), Dr Marco Lambertini and his delegation.This meeting took place on the sidelines of the 2019 Climate Action Summit and the 74th UN General Assembly.

The two personalities had extensive discussions on the leading role that the Democratic Republic of the Congo should play in Africa in order to respond to the global emergency related to Climate Change and the growing loss of global biodiversity.They also discussed the state of collaboration between the DRC Government and WWF.

Mr Lambertini informed the President of WWF’s long standing commitment to support the protection of nature in DRC and to help the people of DRC benefit from the amazing wealth of biodiversity that DRC has.
Taking into account the DRC Head of State's vision on poverty reduction, they both agreed to strengthen collaboration for sustainable management of natural resources, with actions focusing on local communities and indigenous people.

The President welcomed the efforts of WWF and committed to strengthen the partnership with WWF further and to find ways of enhancing community engagement in this work, as well as look for solutions which ensure that the people of DRC benefit from the natural wealth of biodiversity that the country is endowed with. 

The themes selected for this support will be aligned with the priorities of the Congolese government and will cover the following areas:
1. Consolidation and extension of the network of protected areas;
2. Sustainable development of local communities and indigenous Pygmy peoples, natural guardians of forest resources;
3. Environmental Education and  promotion of Ecotourism;
4. Support for mitigation and adaptation to climate change;

The President noted the additional steps effort WWF is taking to implement a new framework for environmental and social safeguards and committed his Government to these efforts.

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