Further constructions finalized
Construction of staff housing in the headquarters of Salonga National Park have been completed, offices have been improved and guest quarters were added and inproved. Further construction is planned for 2019 rehabilitating and improving six ranger stations of the park. They will be better equipped to improve the field teams working conditions.
Patrick Fimpadio, Infrastructure Manager of the Salonga National Park explains the major logistical challenges caused by the extreme isolation of the park: “all our supply of materials such as cement, steel and other hardware material arrive here only by boat. From the next big market – Mbandaka – it takes 5 days to reach Monkoto. From Kinhsasa it takes at least 10 days by boat. These trips are very difficult especially in the dry season when the rivers carry less water and the trip is more dangerous. The wood is produced in the corridor, outside the park, and then transported to where it is needed. We are, however, determined to meet this logistical challenge. “
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.