Closing ceremony for the retraining of 102 rangers
With 300 rangers patrolling Salonga National Park, capacity building is an important field of work. Two 45-day training camps were organized by the Management Unit of SNP (UGPNS) and 102 rangers were newly retrained. They participated in a closing ceremony under the supervision of Deputy Director Lucien Lokumu on November 10th, 2018 . Speeches, review of ranger units, demonstrations of techniques and a parade have marked this celebration day. Representatives from other executive forces like the national Army (FARDC) and National Police Department, the Territorial Administrator, and one of Salonga’s major donor, USAID, as well as several other local and provincial authorities participated in this event. This training covered several subjects: discipline, anti-poaching techniques, physical exercises, data collection and accurate recording, and environmental law. Special attention was given to human rights and the correct use of the ecoguards’ executive powers on respecting the laws and procedures when arresting and investigating alleged poachers. Trained rangers, who were highly motivated at the end of their training, were then sent off on a long-distance patrol to put in practice their training and ensure Salonga’s surveillance.
Continuous improvement in Salonga’s management efficiency
Salonga National Park completed its Management Effectiveness Assessment (IMET) for 2018 and it shows significant improvements.
Six bridges rehabilitated
The six bridges between Monkoto and Mondjuko facilitate the transport of agricultural products and improve mobility of park staff and local administration.
Plans to strengthen fight against wildlife crime
A high ranking ICCN delegation visited the park's headquarters in Monkoto to present plans to further strengthen the fight against wildlife crime.