Briefing on the Tanganyika Provincial Environmental Support to Kabobo Natural Reserve, DRC
March 30, 2017
A special briefing from the Provincial Minister in charge of Planning, Environment, and Cooperation in the Tanganyika Province, DRC, John Banza, on the recent gazettement of Kabobo Natural Reserve was held on March 30, 2017 at the Wildlife Conservation Society in Washington, DC.
In addition to its outstanding biodiversity values, the Kabobo Massif is also viewed and valued as an important traditional heritage site by local communities. Under ABCG's Land and Resource Tenure Rights task area, local communities participated actively in the establishment of the protected area throughout the gazettement process. Today, these communities and local government entities have formed a governance committee to co-manage this new reserve. This co-management will help ensure sustainable resource use and community participation in conservation.
Minister Banza recognized Kabobo's significance early on. His commitment and partnership with provincial and traditional leaders influenced Tanganyika's Governor Mr. Richard Kitangala to officially proclaim the Kabobo Natural Reserve on December 21, 2016. This made Kabobo the first protected area of Tanganyika Province.