The BASANKUSU AND BOLOMBA ECOSYSTEM CONSERVATION SUPPORT GROUP (GACEBB), founded by Mr BOLOLA LIKONGA John, began its activities in 2013, continuing the green cap program of the French NGO AWELY in the DRC. Since then, GACEEB has been working in the regions of Basankusu and Bolomba in the DRC on a project for the conservation of bonobos.
AREA OF INTERVENTION AND PROBLEMATIC
Illegal hunting for the sale and consumption of bushmeat, as well as deforestation due to traditional shifting cultivation and agro-industry led to a severe degradation of natural resources and biodiversity in this area. These threats have directly impacted the existence of bonobos, endemic to the DRC.
VISION AND MISSION
This NGO contributes to the conservation of the ecosystems of Basankusu and Bolomba and more particularly the bonobos present in the region, through a monitoring project of these great apes, and the development of economic micro-projects with Farmers' Organizations in different sectors of activity.
AREA OF INTERVENTION
Fight against poverty
The NGO's continued support to farmers' organizations in the context of the development of various activities such as livestock farming and fish farming aims to reduce the pressure on wildlife, particularly bonobos and their habitat.
Community Awareness and Environmental Education
The intervention of the association with schools via modules in environmental education and "green class" outings and with local populations, promotes the emergence of a collective consciousness on environmental issues. These outreach programs and modules aim to promote the integration of local populations into the process of conserving their heritage.
Promotion of research and reliable ecological monitoring
In 2016, a bonobos monitoring project was started to acquire sufficient information on the quality of habitat, the abundance and distribution of bonobos and the degree of anthropogenic pressure in the area. The objective is to implement a strategy of participatory and efficient conservation of wild fauna and forest and thus better target the support and the areas that can be classified in Local Community Forests (FCL).
The support of local communities in the community forestry process by GACEEB makes it possible to place communities at the heart of sustainable forest management within a defined legal framework.