Laying the cornerstone of a future health center in Sambwankoy village
Thursday November 8th, the visiting USAID delegation (American cooperation) laid the first cornerstone of Sambwankoy’s future health center in the presence of the territorial administrator (AT), local representatives and traditional leaders, the National Park’s Management and its Rural Development team.
The health center was initially planned to be built by the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and has been transferred to WWF following the decision for WCS to leave Salonga National Park. The village is inhabited by Batwa people, an indigenous community of DRC, and faces great development challenges. Antoine Eyebe, program manager at USAID highlighted that “inhabitants have to understand that this health center is made possible through Salonga National Parks’s conservation program which integrates broader rural development activities. In turn, local communities take on responsibility to contribute to Salonga’s conservation”. The construction of Sambwankoy’s health center will be carried out throughout the first half of 2019.
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.
Installation of boardwalk
Boardwalks between the Lokofa patrol station and the Bekalikali bai have been installed.
Community forests expansion
Community forests process starting to be implemented in the South of Salonga’s corridor.