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Kongo-Central Programme


WWF programme in Kongo-Central aims 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.

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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 serves as a good site for piloting projects that can be replicated in other protected areas in DRC.


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

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