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WCS is working to save DR Congo’s unique and spectacular biodiversity by crafting science-based solutions and implementing actions that benefit nature and local communities.

 

Welcome to WCS DR Congo 

DRC harbors more than 50% of the Africa’s most tropical forests and is the most biologically rich country in Africa. It harbors endemic species such as okapi, Grauer’s gorilla, bonobo and the Congo Peacok.

The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) has worked in DRC since the 1950s when Dr. George Schaller undertook the first studies of Mountain and Grauer’s Gorillas in what are now known as Virunga and Kahuzi-Biega National Parks. Today, WCS supports the DRC Government in saving wildlife and wild lands in three National Parks (Salonga, Virunga and Kahuzi-Biega) and three Natural Reserves (Okapi, Itombwe, Kabobo). Four of these protected areas supported by WCS in DRC are UNESCO World Heritage sites (Salonga, Virunga, and Kahuzi-Biega National Parks, and Ituri Faunal Reserve).


The WCS-DRCongo strategy is articulated on three main pillars namely conserving priority species, conserving priority landscapes, and mitigating critical wildlife challenges. Several objectives are assigned to each pillar and most of them rely on the discover and protect global objectives. In addition, the inspire global objective has one specific objective per pillar in the WCS-DRC conservation strategy.

WCS is directly engaged in strengthening law enforcement activities in protected areas. This mandate has provided WCS with the opportunity to spearhead effort of expanding implementation of the Spatial Monitoring and Reporting Tool (SMART) to improve law enforcement and adaptive management activities through few protected areas as pilot site. But also, WCS interventions targeted to boost capacity at national level by working towards implementation of a coordinated unit at National Park Service (Institut Congolais pour la Conservation de la Nature) Headquarters.

WCS-DRC is embarking in direct Protected Areas management through the public-private partnership for the direct management of the Okapi Faunal Reserve. This ambitious project as well as the current growth in activities will require more resources and capacity to better respond to different challenges.

Aerial Reconnaissance Survey of Wildlife, Human Activity and Habitat Across the Bili-Uéré Protected Area Complex, Democratic Republic of Congo, April 2013

Paul Elkan; Robert Mwinyihali; Soqui Mendiguetti; Chris Hamley; Ephrem Mpaka; Kakule Kasongo Nathanael; Boniface Nyembo; Kahindo Mbafumoja Faustin; Abedi Selemani
Year: 2013
Publisher: Wildlife Conservation Society and Institut Congolais pour la Conservation de la Nature
Full Citation: Elkan, P., R. Mwinyihali, S. Mendiguetti, C. Hamley, E. Mpaka, N. Kakule Kasongo, B. Nyembo, F. Kahindo and A. Selemani (2013). Aerial Reconnaissance Survey of Wildlife, Human Activity and Habitat Across the Bili-Uéré Protected Area Complex, Democratic Republic of Congo, April 2013. Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo: Wildlife Conservation Society and Institut Congolais pour la Conservation de la Nature.

Preliminary Surveys of Chimpanzees in Eastern Ituri Forest, DRC. Final Report: USFWS Agreement nº 98210-8-G642

J. R. Makana; J. Madidi; C. Vyahavwa; F. Maisels; J. Masselink; A. Vosper
Year: 2012
Publisher: Wildlife Conservation Society
Full Citation: Makana, J. R., J. Madidi, C. Vyahavwa, F. Maisels, J. Masselink and A. Vosper (2012). Preliminary Surveys of Chimpanzees in Eastern Ituri Forest, DRC. Final Report: USFWS Agreement nº 98210-8-G642. Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo: Wildlife Conservation Society

Rapport des Explorations Biologiques dans le Sud de la Zone CBNRM Bakwanza (Bloc Samboko)

Jean- Rémy Makana; Jacob Madidi; Joël Masselink; Chryso Vyahavwa; Jacques Mukinzi
Year: 2010
Publisher: Wildlife Conservation Society
Full Citation: Makana, J. R., J. Madidi, J. Masselink, C. Vyahavwa and J. Mukinzi (2010). Rapport des Explorations Biologiques dans le Sud de la Zone CBNRM Bakwanza (Bloc Samboko). Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo: Wildlife Conservation Society.

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