Nouabalé-Ndoki National Park



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Support to conservation measures and strengthening protected areas

  • “A monitoring program on wildlife health, especially on Ebola, is available and was distributed to park authorities and managers to increase the awareness and capacity to respond promptly to emerging diseases including Ebola.”.
  • “Anti-poaching patrols within the park and in the adjacent FSC certified logging concessions helped reduce poaching pressure”.

  • The management of Nouabalé-Ndoki National Park has been strengthened through the development and implementation of health protocols and efficient monitoring and law enforcement activities, which have resulted in healthy populations of flagship species such as gorillas, chimpanzees and forest elephants.

Nouabalé-Ndoki National Park is part of the Sangha Tri-National Protected Area together with Lobéké National Park in Cameroon and the Dzanga-Sangha Special Reserve in the Central African Republic. The national park covers approximately 4,200km2 in the north part of the Republic of Congo and harbours the world’s most important populations of forest elephants, red river hogs and bongo antelope; it is one of the remaining strongholds for western lowland gorillas and chimpanzees in Africa. The park is also home to some of the last populations of “naïve” chimpanzees, which reside in the Goualougo Triangle. The long-term impact of logging operations, although certified under the Forest Stewardship Council, is of concern, as more people moved to the area.

The LifeWeb-supported project developed and implemented health protocols for better preparedness in case of outbreaks of contagious diseases, such as Ebola, and to ultimately improve human and great ape health. Further support went into monitoring species’ populations and law enforcement, and results indicate that the populations of flagship species are safe within the boundaries of the park, while elephants suffer from poaching outside the park.

Pressure from outside the country prompted conservation partners and the Congolese government to look at northern Congo as a single landscape for management purposes, including Nouabalé-Ndoki, Odzala, and Lac Télé. Significant efforts were made to certify logging concessions between the two major protected areas, Nouabalé-Ndoki and Odzala.

In Nouadabalé-Ndoki National Park, monitoring of existing gorilla groups underpins tourism-associated activities (an important source of revenue for the park and surrounding communities). During the grant period these activities resulted in estimated revenues of US$ 70,000 (from park entrance fees, village development funds and services such as transport, accommodation, food, souvenirs, gorilla permits, etc.).

Following a collaborative approach between the local villages and the national park, a village development fund from park revenue was created and the construction of a village hospital received additional income.

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Congolese Ministry of Sustainable Development & Forestry Economy (MDDEFE)