"The path of the bonobos": sustainable tourism in the Malebo region in the Democratic Republic of Congo

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Malebo Ecotourism in DRC: sustainable management of natural resources and biodiversity - September 2019   

In western DRC, just north of the capital Kinshasa, WWF and its partner, local 
NGO Mbou Mon Tour (MMT) have laid the foundations for bonobo tourism in an area of the Mai  Ndombe Province referred to as Malebo. Our decade-long engagement with local communities on  community forestry and ecotourism, with CAFEC support has paid off. They have secured community  forest concessions (CFCs) from the government and are reaping benefits from bonobo tourism (including  the construction and staffing of a health clinic, refurbishing of a school and provision of education  materials, training in handicrafts, and literacy skills).

At the heart of the collective effort to protect bonobos and preserve their habitat, there is a shared mission to enrich the lives of the local communities, including: the women, the Batwa indigenous people and the youth, by generating revenues through ecotourism initiatives that incorporate self-sustaining community projects. Therefore, each aspect of the project will provide diverse opportunities for capacity building, training, or employment benefitting the entire community (approximately 15,000 people in 13 villages). WWF has already engaged in consultations with them about this ;

 Animal Health and Welfare
 Development and Cooperation
 Sustainable Tourism

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