• The Surveillance and Anti-Poaching Unit that Mr. BOKANDZA coordinates (USLAB, in French) comprises 40 law-enforcing eco-guards

    Friends of the Forest 1/2

    19.04.2021. “Conservation is only possible if we have a good relationship with the communities.”José Blanchard BOKANDZA could not have made his approach clearer: The communities are the first custodians of the forest. Because they are the ones who depend on it in their daily life.”

  • Friends of the forest 2/2

    Friends of the forest 2/2

    21.05.2021. As agreed with the Congolese state, owner of the parks as well as of the Ngombé forest, INTERHOLCO is required to secure the area against unauthorised settlement, illegal harvesting, poaching, bushmeat trade and irreversible change.

  • Listening to forest peoples to deliver solutions

    Listening to forest peoples to deliver solutions

    24.05.2021. In Baka language ‘Musungui’ means, ‘to help one another’. The spirit of ‘Musungui’ is what best describes INTERHOLCO’s ALLIANCE: the ability to deliver solutions, joining forces. One of the solutions is, in fact, listening. Listening makes it possible to pinpoint key factors, measures that need to be improved at strategy level. 

  • Sustainable Hardwood – Made in Africa, good for forest, people and planet

    Sustainable Hardwood – Made in Africa, good for forest, people and planet

    05.06.2021. A forest is more than a question of trees. People live in and from it, shaping their survival, identity and beliefs around it. At the same time, a forest is home to hundreds of species of animals and trees; it feeds water basins, stocks carbon and regulates rain regimes which affect far away countries.

  • Talking wood: ‘Conservation is only possible if we have a good relationship with the communities’

    Talking wood: ‘Conservation is only possible if we have a good relationship with the communities’

    22.04.2021. INTERHOLCO works in synergy with the state eco-guards. Close cooperation between the state and the private sector for sustainable wildlife management is an arrangement which is unique to the Republic of Congo, as researchers from the University of Liège have recently illustrated.

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