The Congolese Institute for the Conservation of Nature (ICCN) is responsible for the management of the protected area network in DRC. ICCN is a public agency subordinated to the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development.
ICCN manages a natural and cultural heritage consisting of 8 national parks and a constellation of 70 related reserves (hunting areas and wildlife reserves) covering an area of almost 13,5% of the national territory.
ICCN’s vision is to ensure the effective and coordinated management of a network of protected areas for the sustainable conservation of the unique diversity of biological species and ecosystems of the Democratic Republic of Congo.
ICCN aims to ensure the conservation and sustainable management of biodiversity in the network of Protected Areas of the DRC, in cooperation with local communities and other partners to contribute to the well-being of the Congolese people and of the whole humanity. In order to achieve the aim, ICCN’s strategy focuses on building capacity on all levels.
The mission of the Congolese Institute for the Conservation of Nature is to ensure the protection of fauna and flora in protected areas, to promote research and tourism in these areas, and to manage capture and domestication stations.