Founded in 2009, ENDANGERED SPECIES INTERNATIONAL (ESI CONGO) is a Congolese law association, which is developing a project for the conservation of gorillas and chimpanzees with local communities in the Mayombe forest in Kakamoeka district.
This zone was chosen following a study on the sale of bushmeat, carried out in 2008, in the markets of Pointe Noire, by ESI Congo. This study highlighted this area as one of the two main sources of market supply for protected species.
AREA OF INTERVENTION AND PROBLEMATIC
The project is developing in southeastern Congo, 150 km from Pointe-Noire, in an area between three protected areas, the Conkouati National Park, the Dimonika Reserve and the Tchimpounga chimpanzee sanctuary.
The Mayombe Forest is the southwestern boundary of the Congo Basin rainforest and extends beyond the Republic of Congo. A place of exceptional biodiversity, in flora and fauna, it is home to rare and endemic species such as the western lowland gorilla (Gorilla gorilla gorilla) and the chimpanzee (Pan troglotyde). The intervention zone is located within a forest concession of 188,406 hectares. This concession has been operated by a Congolese company since 2016. In addition to logging, this area is also subject to mining by gold mining by a Chinese company and artisan miners. These farms fragment habitat for protected species in the area. There is also community poaching on a wide variety of wildlife.
These different uses place the area under strong anthropic pressure that is not yet scientifically understood and controlled. So many threats to the species and the integrity of the ecosystems of this area.
VISION AND MISSION
The mission of ESI CONGO is to contribute to the preservation of biodiversity by encouraging local initiatives so that local communities can live in harmony with their environment.
AREA OF INTERVENTION
Promotion of scientific research on species and natural environments
The collection and processing of field data helps to improve knowledge of great apes, their habits and their living environments, in particular through the development of botanical inventories and studies on ecological corridors in the area. intervention by ESI CONGO.
Sensitization of local communities on the conservation of great apes
Public awareness of the conservation of great apes in schools and hunters promotes awareness among children and adults about the alarming situation of great apes and the destruction of their habitat. Conducting surveys of bushmeat consumption in the markets by the NGO, also makes it possible to measure the impact of its interventions.
Support to local socio-economic initiatives
The NGO's support of local populations in the realization of projects such as ecotourism, or the development of agroforestry sectors, aims to generate sustainable income.