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Registration Card - SECU0009

    Project Name: Integrated and Transboundary Conservation of Biodiversity in the Basins of the Republic of Congo
    Date Complaint Filed:  Thursday, August 2, 2018
    Date Complaint Registered:  Friday, August 10, 2018
    Project Description: 
    Congo is home to one of the richest, most biologically important and intact-forest ecosystems on the planet. These areas are home to a diverse range of rare and endangered mammals, insects and plants – forest elephants, chimpanzees, western lowland gorillas, leopards, bongo antelope and others. The Congolese area within the Minkébé-Odzala-Dja Inter-zone in Gabon, Congo, and Cameroon, also known as the Tri-national Dja-Odzala-Minkebe transboundary area, is a key IWT hub. This area and its biodiversity are threatened by IWT, especially by bush meat and ivory poaching. Its forests are target for poachers and its roads and towns constitute a transit route for trafficked wildlife from Central African Republic (CAR), Congo Republic and Gabon. Local people accrue little of the benefits, watch their natural resources being depleted, and they face compromised security in their daily lives. They feel disempowered in the face of criminal elites leading IWT. The long-term solution proposed by the project aims to protect unique biodiversity of Congo and the Tri-national Dja-Odzala-Minkebe transboundary area in particular via i) a strategy for strengthening the PA network through expansion of protected areas, effective functional zoning to incorporate sustainable development and biodiversity conservation, and integrative management planning; ii) strengthening capacity for effective PA and Illegal Wildlife Trade governance in Congo; and iii) reducing poaching and illegal trade on threatened species via CBWM, CBNRM and sustainable livelihood.
    Requestor(s): Individuals of the Baka People
    Synopsis of Complaint:
    The complainants claim they are being illegally evicted from their forest lands, both inside and outside formally “protected areas", that they did not go through a proper consultation/FPIC process, and that the UNDP project would violate their human rights. The complainants claim a GEF/UNDP project which supports the creation of a new protected area - Messok Dja - on Baka land in Congo would unlawfully evict Baka communities. The complainants claim that when their concerns, including human rights violations, were raised with UNDP staff they were "met with a round of laughter. They showed no intention of investigating the matter further."
    News and Updates:
    Project Details
    Atlas/Project #
    Project Risk Category
    Implementing Partner
    • Government Entity – Ministry - Ministry of Forest Economy, Sustainable Development and Environment
    Financial Information
    • GEF Trust Fund or LDCF or SCCF or other vertical fund: USD 3,125,250
    • UNDP TRAC resources: USD 1,000,000
    • Cash co-financing to be administered by UNDP: USD 4,125,250
    • (1) Total Budget administered by UNDP: USD 4,125,250
    • PARALLEL CO-FINANCING (all other co- financing that is not cash co-financing administered by UNDP)
    • Congo Government: USD 6,522,400
    • Congo Conservation Company: USD 4,360,000
    • Eco Oil Energie SA: USD 2,150,000
    • Wildlife Conservation Society: USD 1,250,000
    • Forest industry of Ouesso: USD 1,250,000
    • WWF/ETIC: USD 4,150,000
    • (2) Total co-financing: USD 19,682,400
    • (3) Grand-Total Project Financing (1)+(2): USD 23,807,650