Scaling Protected Areas in the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Republic of Congo

By working with local and Indigenous communities, the Jane Goodall Institute is supporting the preservation of cultural integrity and the significant environmental carbon value of the Congo Basin rainforest.

The Congo Basin – the heart of Africa – is the largest carbon sink in the world. To advance the conservation of this critical region, project funding supports the Jane Goodall Institute’s efforts in community-led conservation across landscapes in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and the Republic of Congo (RoC).

JGI is creating and reinforcing new community-managed protected areas in the RoC’s Tchimpounga Nature Reserve, Dimonika Biosphere Reserve, and Loango Bay Marine Reserve, as well as reserves around the DRC’s Maiko and Kahizi-Biega national parks. Through this three-year project, JGI is working with local and Indigenous peoples to protect forests and biodiversity covering 701,660 hectares in the Eastern DRC and 805,828 hectares in the RoC vulnerable to mining, logging, and other human activities.

The Bezos Earth Fund’s $5 million grant to JGI advances our commitment to scaling and strengthening protected areas in Africa in support of 30x30 – a global target to protect 30% of land and ocean by 2030.

The Bezos Earth Fund is partnering with the Jane Goodall Institute to expand conservation efforts across vulnerable landscapes in the Congo Basin.

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