Integrated and Transboundary Conservation of Biodiversity in the Basins of the Republic of Congo

Lead country


Participating countries


Project status


Implementing period

From October 6, 2017 to September 30, 2020

SDGs addressed by this project

SDG targets

  1. 15.7 End wildlife poaching, illegal species trafficking
  2. 15.6 Promote fair, equitable benefits sharing
  3. 15.5 Reduce habitat degradation, halt biodiversity loss, extinction

Project ID: 5612

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Technical team

  • Ecosystems and Biodiversity Programme

Technical area(s)

  • Ecosystem management and restoration
  • Strengthening conservation areas


  • Access and benefit sharing
  • Wildlife conservation


  • Conserved areas
  • Forests


  • Terrestrial protected areas
  • Key biodiversity areas (KBAs)
  • Tropical forests

Transformed sector(s)

  • Forestry and other land use
  • Agriculture
  • Tourism

UNDP role(s)

  • Convening / Partnerships / Knowledge Sharing
  • Capacity development / Technical assistance


  • Management operation
  • Enabling
  • Governance


  • Sustainable land management
  • Wildlife and habitat conservation
  • Improved & diversified sustainable livelihoods (TP 5)
  • Institutional capacity building
  • Mainstream
  • Participatory governance models
  • Transboundary governance
  • Laws enforcement/ Regulation

Social inclusion

  • Local community/CSOs
  • Private sector

Gender equality

  • Awareness raising (on gender)
  • Women decision making

Gender result effectiveness scale

  • Gender targeted


  • People pathway
  • Systems pathway

Risk reduction target(s)

  • Hazard control/mitigation
  • Improve resilience

SDG target(s)

  • 15.7 End wildlife poaching, illegal species trafficking
  • 15.6 Promote fair, equitable benefits sharing
  • 15.5 Reduce habitat degradation, halt biodiversity loss, extinction

Conventions and protocols


Private sector(s)

  • Individuals/Entrepreneurs
  • Small and medium-sized enterprises

Hot topic

  • Poverty reduction
  • Food and agricultural commodities strategy

About this project


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 TRIDOM zone, 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 TRIDOM 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 CBNRM and sustainable livelihood.


To strengthen the conservation of globally threatened species in the basins of the Republic of Congo by improving biodiversity enforcement.

USD $3,275,250

Grant amount

USD $20,682,400

Leveraged amount (co-financing)


Source(s) of fund

Source(s) of fund


  • Global Environment Facility – Trust Fund ($3,275,250)

Implementing partner(s)

  • Government of Congo

Joint agencies

  • World Bank

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