TL2: Saving a Landscape and Creating a National Park
In 2012 INCEF launched a collaboration with the Tshuapa-Lomami-Lualuba (TL2) Basin. Less than a decade ago, this area was the unexplored eastern edge of Bonobo distribution. The largest threat to this area is bushmeat hunting. Noted scientists Drs. John and Terese Hart are leading the effort in TL2 to create the 9,000 sq. km Lomami National Park, south of the major town of Kisangani.
This collaboration will allow TL2 to access a new method for evaluating village level opinions. The Harts have indicated that their decision to collaborate with INCEF was made on the basis of INCEF’s methodology which first involves the villagers in problem definition and conception of solutions before production and dissemination of the videos. The methodology also includes a systemic approach to evaluation of the impact of the films.
In late 2012, Saturnin Ibata, INCEF's DRC Country Director, traveled to TL2 to do an initial phase with the Harts on ideas and preparations. TL2 is extremely remote and the challenges will be many. The first four films will introduce Lomami National Park and address sustainable hunting (bushmeat is the largest threat in the region), community use at the periphery of the park, and protection of Bonobos.
In October 2013, Saturnin and cameraman Anatole Mafoula traveled to Kisangani and over the next 45 days they filmed in a number of villages, speaking to village chiefs and local hunters.
Rapport de la mission exploratoire de la mise en place du programme d’education environnementale autour du Parc National de la Lomami (English)