Central Africa Programme: Jengi Project achievements

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Primary school children near the Lobeke National Park listen to basic health tips from Health Scouts trained with support from the Jengi project.
© WWF / Peter Ngea

What are the key achievements of the Jengi Project?

Some of the projects key achievements and activities include:

Protected Areas (PA) establishment and management

  • Establishment of three national parks  Lobéké, Boumba-Bek and Nki covering about 760,000 hectares of forest
  • Designation of Lobeke national park as a Gift to the Earth (GTTE) with Lobéké National Park already GTTE
  • Management and business plans for Lobeke national park approved by government
  • Creation and launching of a management committee for Lobeke National Park
  • Establishment of 14 community hunting areas around national parks for community use
  • Development of an ecological monitoring program to monitor key bio-indicators and trends 
  • Participatory mapping of use areas of Baka pygmies in national parks and surrounding forest areas 
  • 32,000 hectares community zone demarcated in Lobeke National Park
  • Training and recruitment of 43 game guards to support anti-poaching and surveillance operations 
  • Building management and communications infrastructure for the three national parks

Sustainable Forest Management (SFM)

  • Accompanying logging companies in Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Certification process. 314655 ha of forest already certified while 130,000ha are in the pipeline
  • Wildlife inventories and socio economic studies completed in a number of concessions to promote good forest management practices
  • Training of  workers of logging companies in reduce impact logging techniques, use of monitoring tools and inventory techniques
  • Logging companies signed MOUs with WWF for technical assistance to promote Certification and good forest management practices
  • Network for forest technicians established to promote capacity building and information sharing in certification and forest management 
  • Production of 5 management plans for community forests
  • Participatory land use planning and approval of 22 logging concessions, 14 community wildlife zones and 4 community forest zones within project area
Sustainable Wildlife Management
  • Establishment of collaborative conventions for anti-poaching and fight against bush meat trade with logging companies
  • Establishment of community hunting zones to address subsistent hunting needs
  • Construction and equipment of 6 control posts amounting to USD$100,000 to support law enforcement and surveillance operations
  • Training of government staff in various aspects related to monitoring, law enforcement etc
  • Long term monitoring program established to provide data on population status of large mammals as well as surveillance effort 
  • Technical assistance to support micro projects for alternative protein production

Partnership Building

  • Establishment of consultative platforms between local communities and major stakeholders
  • Building local management institutions as village wildlife management committees
  • Trans-border committees for coordination of Tri National de la Sangha activities established
  • Elaboration of strategic document for partnership with mining sector in TRIDOM
  • Elaboration of strategic document for management of Ngoyla Mintom forest block
  • Elaboration of strategic approaches for management of Ngoyla-Mintom forest massif

Collaborative Management

  • Nine Community based Wildlife Resource Management Committees (COVAREFs) established and operational
  • Delimitation of Baka use zones in Boumba Bek national park and other community use zones in Nki and Lobeke parks
  • Marketing of trophy hunting in community hunting zones generating estimated annual revenues of USD $30,000
  • Training of community leaders in conflict management, and micro-projects development
  • Training of village health scouts to support village health programs

Flagship Species Conservation and Monitoring

  • Baseline data, densities and distribution of flagship species as elephants, and great apes in national parks available
  • Monitoring illegal killing of elephants, MIKE currently implemented to monitor elephant hunting and ivory trade
  • Elephants have been radio collared and monitored in southeast Cameroon
  • Bio-ecological studies carried out for key species as African grey parrots and bongo antelope

Trans boundary Conservation Initiative

  • TNS and TRIDOM transboundary agreements signed by member countries Cameroon,, Central African Republic, Gabon and Congo Brazzaville
  • Regular tri-national patrols and other field activities implemented by park authorities of tri-national de la Sangha landscape
  • Landuse plan document produced for TNS landscape
  • Estimated $10million mobilised for setting up TNS trust fund

Challenges

  • Development of management plans for Boumba-Bek and Nki national parks
  • Negotiating user rights of indigenous forest people within national parks
  • Reactivating Mambale convention between professional hunters and local communities
  • Wildlife inventories of professional hunting zones to determine hunting quotas and for monitoring purposes
  • Establishing network for community based forest enterprises
  • Implementation of TRIDOM accord with protected areas in Republic of Congo Brazzaville and Gabon
  • Establishing TNS trust fund
 / ©: WWF Jengi Project
Sign board at one of WWF base camps around the newly created Boumba Bek National Park, Cameroon
© WWF Jengi Project
 / ©: WWF Jengi Project
Jengi Forest Technicians make regular visits to forest concessions for practical sessions on sustainable forest management and certification process
© WWF Jengi Project

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