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Integrated Fire Management in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

 
 
The U.S. Forest Service International Programs has been working with government, NGOs and private sector groups to promote sustainable fire management in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Capacity Building for Carbon Accounting in Central Africa

 

The U.S. Forest Service International Programs, in partnership with the Carbon Institute, is working in Central Africa to help governments, universities and technical partners get access to the most up-to-date carbon accounting methods to protect and preserve the Congo Basin forest.

Supporting Ecotourism Development in Virunga National Park

 
The U.S. Forest Service International Programs has partnered with Virunga National Park to improve ecotourism infrastructure for the Nyiragongo Volcano. Improved trails on the volcano will not only make the trek easier for tourists, but also enable local communities and school groups to be able to more easily visit this natural wonder located in their backyard.

Peatland Forest Inventory in the Republic of the Congo

The U.S. Forest Service International Programs is working with partners in the Republic of the Congo to help the government complete their National Forest Inventory. Peatlands are hard to access, but contain large amounts of carbon. USFS has helped the government adopt methodologies to measure this carbon so that they are better able to protect and preserve these areas.

U.S. Forest Service Central Africa Master's Scholarship Program

The U.S. Forest Service has been offering competitive scholarships for government officials in the environmental management and forestry sector at top ranked universities in the region since 2014. This scholarship program, supported by USAID’s Central Africa Regional Program for the Environment and the U.S. Department of State, has supported more than 25 students to date, many of whom have been able to leverage their experience and training to advance to more specialized and senior jobs in their respective environmental ministries. The program not only enables promising ministry officials to further develop their skills, but also encourage professionals from around the region to forge working relationships and networks, increasing regional cooperation and collaboration in the environmental sector.

Training government technicians to protect peatlands

The U.S. Forest Service recently trained government technicians in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in methods to identify, sample, and measure peat.

Promoting Sustainable Ecotourism in Kahuzi Biega National Park

Kahuzi Biega National Park is a UNESCO world heritage site located in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. It is the only place on earth where you can see Grauer’s Gorillas, the largest species of ape, in the wild. The U.S. Forest Service International Programs is working in partnership with the Wildlife Conservation Society to help park staff diversify their ecotourism offerings and attract more visitors.