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Kongo-Central Programme

This program has now been closed.


WWF programme in Kongo-Central aimed to reverse the process of forest and land degradation, recover savannahs, and provide socio-economic gains and environmental benefits to local communities.

WWF’s work in the Luki Biosphere Reserve in the Kongo-Central (Former Bas-Congo) Province, in the far southwest of DRC, has highlighted the links between conserving natural resources and improving the living conditions of the people around the reserve.


WWF's work

Due to its large population and close economic ties with Kinshasa, Kongo-Central is one of the provinces where human impact on the natural environment is highest. Reconciling development objectives and the protection of natural resources is crucial and urgent.

The Luki Biosphere Reserve is small and accessible, and served as a good site for piloting projects that can be replicated in other protected areas in DRC.

WWF closed its Kongo-Central programme in February 2018 with tangible and sustainable impacts.

WWF’s work in Luki suggests that local people are not a problem or an obstacle to conservation, but rather part of the solution.



1. PASAGAR Project, focused mainly on alternative activities to the exploitation of natural resources, thus contributing to greater food security;
2. Luki REDD+ Pilot project, focused on REDD+ readiness. 

WWF’s  objectives in the Luki Nature Reserve were:
- Contribute to an economically viable, socially acceptable and ecologically sustainable development in the Kongo-Central Province
- Develop a sustainable development model for participatory management of natural resources and improve the living conditions of local people around the Luki protected area.
- Reduce the rate of deforestation and poaching
- Contribute to the development of a national REDD + strategy

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