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Landscape-Scale Conservation in the Congo Basin : Lessons Learned from the Central Africa Regional Program for the Environment (CARPE)

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Contributors: John Flynn, Aimé Nianogo
This publication is the second volume of CARPE Lessons Learned. The first volume was based on early experiences and constituted a preliminary assessment of the state of the environment in the region. Now, after more than ten years of CARPE implementation, it seemed timely to provide the conservation community with lessons learned concerning CARPE’s applied conservation approaches. Featured in News: USAID RM Portal, October 26, 2010.

The Central African Regional Program for the Environment is an ambitious program operating in nine countries spanning the entire Congo Basin. The 12 prioritized landscapes where CARPE partners implement improved natural resource management activities cover over 80 million hectares, an area substantially larger than the US State of Texas. CARPE partner institutions have used satellite imagery to map forest cover and deforestation over the entire Congo Basin. Given the vast scope of the program, it was inevitable that a “Lessons Learned” publication would likewise be ambitious in scope.

This publication contains 27 case studies of applied conservation as well as seven overview articles synthesizing the results of the groups of case studies, which cover different thematic areas. The publication’s case studies are organized into three sections: land-use planning, environmental policy and governance, and monitoring of natural resources, which parallel the structure of CARPE’s three core components. The case studies therefore present a comprehensive review of the program’s activities. The emphasis on case studies and overview articles is intended to provide direct insights from the actual experiences of CARPE’s partner institutions. This publication is therefore an authentic and practical guide to implementing conservation programs in the Congo Basin. The emphasis on lessons learned is aimed at synthesizing for the reader the key pieces of advice the authors can provide to others concerning the best ways of implementing conservation projects in the region. As such, this publication presents the sum accumulated knowledge of CARPE partner institutions acquired during the implementation of the program. It is hopefully a rich and practical guide to carrying out applied conservation that we believe will be of immeasurable utility for conservationists in the Congo Basin and around the world.


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