> Maintaining law and order
> Supporting conservation initiatives
> Working in a difficult accessibility and security context
Limit the negative impact of uncontrolled activities such as transhumance
Contribute to the preservation of ecosystem services (such as water and watershed management)
ECOFAUNE is developing a spatial development strategy aimed at creating development centers based on
a diversification of zoning and activities, (transhumance corridors, ecological corridors, etc.) and
harmonization of strategies and relevant codes (decentralization, land, environment, wildlife and protected areas, forest, mines, rural / agricultural / livestock development strategy, etc.).
ECOFAUNE aims to orchestrate this development by collaborating with various technical, political, military and civil society actors, who are eager to be involved in the implementation of the development plan.
ECOFAUNE focuses on a "biodiversity core" of a few thousand square kilometers, which should be gradually expanded as a function of the results generated by conservation activities.
These are measured by a monitoring unit assessing the dynamics of wildlife populations, as well as human activities, in order to guide the area management policy.
An aerial census, a foot survey and camera traps allowed an inventory of the area and the assessment of the impact of the armed conflict since 2012 in terms of predation on the large fauna.
Effective law enforcement is critical to the management of the area. Recruitment and training of rangers was conducted to control capabilities, with a continuous monitoring of patrols for effective resource management.
In doing so, ECOFAUNE contributes to the restoration of security in the North CAR, with the implementation of a warning system at the village level.
ECOFAUNE aims to enhance the human, socio-organizational, economic and natural capital of the North region by supporting socio-economic development initiatives consistent with the orientations of the regional development strategy.
With this approach, ECOFAUNE supports economic activities that are essential alternatives to the income generated by the poaching of wildlife.
This approach also contributes to re-installation of local administrations and the reaffirmation of the rule of law.
Youth training courses have been delivered for a variety of work skills (building, mechanics, etc.). Small development projects are in progress (promotion of Shea butter production, small livestock rising, beef processing, support to ZCVs etc.) as alternatives to the income from wildlife poaching.
The number of rangers has been increased, and several months of training have been delivered for a more appropriate anti-poaching activity. The objective is to secure a core area of the Bamingui Bangoran National Park and the adjoining ZCVs, allowing a repopulation of this space by the wildlife.
The ecological monitoring of the area started with the aerial survey carried out in April 2017, and continued with the foot survey carried out by rangers in March-April 2018 as well as the data regularly collected with camera-traps and during anti-poaching activities. These elements provide information to the protected area managers, guiding the management activities to more sensitive or threatened areas.
The Bamingui-Bangoran National Park is home to the country’s last population of giraffes; an adapted conservation program is being implemented.