Generally speaking, our actions are carried out through practical application in the field, in order to serve as an example to local communities, some of whose members still need to learn in order to improve their capacities.
Thus, our actions are oriented towards :
Conservation of tropical forest biodiversity through alternatives to forest products:
The DRC is home to one of the world’s largest tropical forests. It is one of the main green lungs of the planet. It is involved in carbon storage. The rainforest also provides shelter to thousands of species, some of which are threatened and protected, but also neglected and/or forgotten (and almost unprotected) species that play an important role in maintaining the ecosystem balance. Congo Biotropical Institute intervenes in the conservation of this biological diversity in different ways: the promotion of sustainable agriculture, the fight against deforestation, the fight against animal trafficking and poaching, the improvement of the living conditions of local communities and the promotion of alternatives to forest products; in order to reduce the pressure exerted by local populations on wildlife and its habitat, etc.
Scientific research, awareness, training-workshop and capacity building:
It is the deployment of the necessary means to make known in order to better preserve. Thus, awareness sessions, training and workshops are conducted in schools, socio-cultural groups and youth associations. This is to be able to involve all social strata in the process of preserving tropical ecosystems. The objective is to link scientific knowledge with traditional customary knowledge, which has played an important role in maintaining the biological diversity of tropical ecosystems for several thousand years (well before the development of scientific knowledge).
Congo Biotropical Institute encourages its members to engage in scientific research in order to guide local communities – especially youth – who would like to improve their knowledge of nature conservation, climate change mitigation and sustainable community development.
Please see the details in the « Our Approach » section.