Lac Télé – Lac Tumba Swamp Forest Landscape. Land Use Planning Hugo Rainey Director, Lac Télé Community Reserve Project Wildlife Conservation Society – Congo Program. Principal partners WCS WWF Pact USAID-CARPE. Additional partners CFC Mbou-mon-tour INCEF WFC. Partnership.
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Lac Télé – Lac Tumba Swamp Forest Landscape Land Use Planning Hugo Rainey Director, Lac Télé Community Reserve Project Wildlife Conservation Society – Congo Program
Principal partners WCS WWF Pact USAID-CARPE Additional partners CFC Mbou-mon-tour INCEF WFC Partnership
Collaborators MEFE ICCN DRC Ministry Ramsar University of Marien-Ngouabi Min of Health – ROC UNHCR Communities –including women, indigenous people, refugees Local authorities – nat res managers (MEFE, ICCN), security forces Logging companies Livestock ranchers Oil concessionaires Stakeholders
Community participation • Participative mapping of community territories • Identification of customary laws • Monitoring of fisheries and hunting offtake • Incorporation of comm mgmt plans into zone mgmt plans
International management Technical meeting IDed approaches for a cross-border agreement Inter-governmental meeting planned for 2007 National govts Close collaboration at all levels (site and national managers) Policy and management discussions Joint management planning Governments
Development of local capacity Local NGOs and govts • Supporting local NGOs in small grants, other donors • Direct finance to NGOs • Training • Technical and logistical support • Increasing capacity of local NGOs with goal of Ls partner status over 5 years
Development of local capacity Communities • Identification of minorities • Support of women’s groups and increased role in decision-making • Monitoring resource use • Creation of new CBNRM zones and plans including improved alt livelihoods • Legal status of zone man plans
Unique value of landscape • Swamp forest in 90% of landscape • Largest wetland in Africa • Huge hydrological value for communities and biodiversity • Strategic importance for electricity generation • High fish biodiversity • Three species of great apes at high density – unique in the world
Unique value (cont.) • Relatively low human density • Indigenous people have traditional system of nat res management • Post-war development opportunity • Swamp forest limits hunting but transport along rivers to towns • Logging limited to terra firma • Limited existing oil exploration
Draft Desired Conditions • Stable or recovering fisheries to ensure livelihoods of comms and ecosystem function • Established sustainable comm management of nat res to limit external exploitation and maximise local social benefit. • Stable or recovering ape and elephant populations • Improved local NGO and national govt capacity • Effective regulations to limit road construction and forest fragmentation • Effective application of national wildlife laws
Zoning of landscape Management plans (strategy docs) across Ls and all zones Improved and integrated comm participative mgmt Monitoring and mgmt of fisheries and bushmeat Monitoring and conservation of large mammal popns Inventory of poorly known taxa – fish, birds, etc. Increased financial input by govts to manage wildlife and nat res Increased training of, support for, partnership with local NGOs & stakeholders Collaboration with ERZ concessionaires Improved regulations to reduce fragmentation of forest cover Intergovernmental Ls agreement Draft Landscape objectives
Zoning program • New PAs and CBNRMs • Coordination with MEFE, ICCN, Ramsar et al • Ongoing data collection