Frédéric Lambert Bockandza-Paco was born on January 19, 1960 in Bokoma, Republic of Congo. Married and father to six children, he began his career in the Water and Forestry sector at the National School of Water and Forestry in Mossendjo, from which he graduated with a Forest Technician diploma in 1984. He joined the Congolese civil service the same year. In 1991, he went to continue his higher studies in wildlife specialization at the Garoua Wildlife School in Cameroon, where he graduated with a Wildlife Specialist Diploma. He has held several positions in the Administration of Protected Areas in Congo, including Conservator in Odzala, Conkouati, Dimonika, Lac Télé and Lefini. After 17 years in the field, he joined central administration in 2001 as Director of the National Office of the Lusaka Agreement, a position he held concurrently with that of Director of Wildlife and Protected Areas between 2004 and 2008. After twelve years at the head of the National Office of the Lusaka Agreement, he was appointed General Director of the Congolese Agency for Wildlife and Protected Areas (ACFAP) in September 2016, the position which confers on him, by right, the position of Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Odzala-Kokoua Foundation. He has represented the Congo at several sub-regional and international conferences, particularly in relation to the process of creating the Central African Forest Commission (COMIFAC), the Conferences of Parties to CITES, the Convention on Biological Diversity and others.
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