A natural treasure in the heart of the Congo Basin
South of the majestic Congo River, in the lowlands of Congo is a natural treasure largely unknown: the Salonga National Park. It is the largest forest park in Africa and one of the last remaining intact tropical forests in the world. Comprising a mosaic of rivers, streams, marshlands, typical grassy glades called bais and marshes, Salonga is home to 40% of the world’s bonobos.
I invite you to explore the park and discover how the Congolese Institute for Conservation of Nature (ICCN) and its partners are working on the preservation of this jewel through an innovative approach linking nature conservation and rural development, environmental education and research activities that create a model for the protection of nature and the prosperity of the people. Discover through this website the beauty of Salonga!
General Director of ICCN, Pasteur Dr Cosma WILUNGULA BALONGELWA
Since May 2016, ICCN (Congolese Institute for Nature Conservation) and WWF (World Wildlife Fund for Nature) have been co-managing the park to further improve biodiversity conservation. The co-management program is funded by the European Union, USAID, the German Cooperation and WWF Germany. Oxfam, ISCO, ZSM, and LMU contribute to rural development activities and scientific research as technical partners of the Salonga National Park program.
Covid 19 – the situation in Salonga
While there are no cases of Covid-19 at Salonga at the moment, precautions have been taken to reduce the risk.
Mission of education and environmental awareness in schools around Monkoto
A team from UGPNS carried out an education and environmental awareness campaign in 30 schools in the park’s surrounding area.
Construction of health centres in the villages of Sambwankoy and Mangilombe: social progress in support of conservation in the Salonga National Park
Health centers built with the support of the Parc in Sambwankoy and Mangilombe will help improve living conditions of these two indigenous communities.
Elephants populations: encouraging signs in a bai of the North bloc of the parc
The latest report on monitoring park clearings reveals encouraging signs for elephants in a bai of the northern bloc of the park.