The African Development Bank contributes to the conservation of the Congo Basin ecosystems

27 March 2009 | News story

The support program for the conservation of the Congo Basin ecosystems (PACEBCo) has been approved by the Board of Directors of the African Development Bank (ADB). This program aims to ensure the regeneration of the ecosystems, improvement of human wellbeing and the reinforcement of institutions in charge of the Convergence Plan of the Central African Forest Commission (COMIFAC). 

PACEBCo takes the convergence plan of COMIFAC as a starting point and sets up adaptation measures to address climate change. It will have to contribute to sustainable and concerted management of forest resources, protected areas rich in biological diversity and ecosystems in Central Africa for the wellbeing of the population and the planet as a whole.

Centered on the supply of regional public goods through regional co-operation, it will be implemented over a period of five years (2009-2014). This includes four components: reinforcement of the capacities of COMIFAC institutions; sustainable management of biodiversity and adaptation to climate change; sustainably fostering the wellbeing of the population; Program management and coordination.

PACEBCo has adopted the landscape approach. Landscapes are made up of homogeneous geographical entities consisting of three macro-zones which are: extraction zone, protected areas and community zones. Thus, the solution adopted in this program for the sustainable conservation of forests in Central Africa is the direct implication of the communities’ in its management. This will help insure the satisfaction of their own needs in the conservation processes. The program promotes regular consultation and the participation of all active stakeholders; These include development partners, Non Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and partner organizations.

The beneficiaries of this program will be the population of the ten Member States of COMIFAC: Burundi, Cameroon, Congo, Gabon, Equatorial Guinea, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Chad and Sao Tome & Principe; the people living in the six ecological landscapes retained in these COMIFAC countries will benefit directly from the program. Particularly vulnerable population of the selected landscapes (indigenous population in particular, Pygmies, women, young people) will benefit through the micro-projects financed by the FDL (Local Development fund). The Economic Community of Central African States (CEEAC), the Executive Secretariat of COMIFAC, its national coordinators, specialized organizations and the administrations in charge of forests will also profit from this program.

In the long run, capacities will be reinforced in such main fields as access to the new Carbon markets; the monitoring of the environment (training and research grants for the Network of  Forestry and Environmental training Institutions in Central Africa, the Postgraduate Regional School of Development and Integrated Management of Forests and tropical areas, and Community development (local development fund - FDL). It should be noted that this will be the very first introduction of FDL in the Congo Basin and will thus constitute a pilot experiment.

Contact: Mr. Cleto Ndikumagenge, Regional Coordinator, Forests Program – IUCN PACO
P.O. Box  5506 Yaounde – Cameroun, Tel : +237 22 21 64 96, Fax. +237 22 21 64 97, E-mail :