Salonga-Lukenie-Sankuru Landscape Project
This partnership between INCEF and WWF to conserve the Great Apes of Salonga National Park began in 2007 with funding from the US Fish and Wildlife Service International Division for Great Ape Conservation. Salonga is the largest contiguous rainforest remaining on the African Continent. It is home to a wealth of animal species including the endangered Bonobo (Pan Paniscus), Forest Elephants (Loxodanta Cyclotis), and the Congo Peacock (Afropavo congensis).
In 2009 INCEF initiated the recruiting and training of education teams. Three teams of two WWF educators each went through the training. They have reached 219 villages and 61,699 participants.
In 2011 the Salonga project was expanded to include films on health and family planning through an additional partnership with Public Health through the Environment (PHE) funded by USAID and Johnson & Johnson. Subjects of the films include child spacing, breast feeding, and the importance of clean water and how to avoid contaminating clean water sources.
By 2014 WCS had joined INCEF and WWF in Salonga which made it possible to add an additional education team.
2016 should see multiple production and outreach efforts in Salonga to address: numerous health issues, family planning, conservation of endangered species, sustainable hunting practices, deterring unsustainable commercial bushmeat hunting, and the effects of climate change.
In DRC the matter of population growth is being addressed by international and local NGOs as well as government officials. INCEF hopes to be a collaborator with them in a new initiative to communicate how the issue can be addressed, especially in rural villages. Watch for it!