Cross-border conservation project involving Angola to cost US$40 million

26 January 2012

Luanda, Angola, 26 Jan – The strategic plan to set up the Cross-border Maiombe Forest Conservation Area, between Angola, Gabon, Congo-Brazzaville and the Democratic Republic of Congo, requires US$40 million in investment, the project’s regional coordinator said Wednesday in Luanda.

For a 10-year period, the strategic plan consists of carrying out several projects and programmes for conservation and sustainable management of the Maiombe ecosystem, as well as cooperation between ember-countries, according to Augusto Chicaia.

The border States, with the implementation of this plan, aim to provide alternatives for the survival of over 1 million people that live in and depend on the Maiombe forest in the four countries.

Amongst several sources of funding, the regional coordinator of the “Maiombe Initiative” pointed to the Norwegian government, the Environmental Management Fund (GEF), Canadian Partners of the Congo Basin, the European Union, the member states themselves and other partners.

The strategic plan, which was presented at the 1st Three-way Ministerial Meeting of the Maiombe Cross-border Initiative, held last week, also includes the creation of a biosphere to conserve the forest and boost the region’s social and economic development.

The area for execution of the strategic plan involves the provinces of Cabinda (Angola), Lower Congo, the Luki Reserve (DRC), Kouilou and the Dimonika Reserve (Congo-Brazzaville). (macauhub)