Garamba, one of Africa’s oldest national parks and a World Heritage Site, is the last stronghold for the largest population of elephants and the last remaining Kordofan giraffe in the DRC
Garamba National Park, spanning 5,133 km2, with 9,662 km2 of adjacent domaines de chasse, is characterised by savannah and equatorial forest and situated in north-eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). One of Africa’s oldest national parks, it was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1980. But over the decades, Garamba endured periods of armed conflict, rampant ivory poaching, and civil wars, which led to steep declines in wildlife populations and threatened its UNESCO listing. In 2005, the Institut Congolais pour la Conservation de la Nature (ICCN) entered into a management agreement with African Parks for Garamba. Between 2005 and 2016 widespread insecurity due to the rebel group, Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), and other armed forces continued to threaten the safety of communities and wildlife.
In 2016, African Parks, together with the ICCN, revised its approach by implementing new systems to overhaul conservation law enforcement and bring stability to the park and its surrounds. Since then, wildlife numbers in the park have begun increasing, and communities have begun realising the benefits from stability in the region. Tens of thousands of people living around the park have benefitted from the provision of schools, healthcare, and investments in sustainable development and enterprise. In a region with little economic opportunity, Garamba employs over 500 full-time local staff. This historic park now serves as an anchor for regional stability and the source of a brighter future for people and wildlife.
Our primary focus is to continue efforts to reduce poaching threats and to make progress on the Sustainable Development initiative that is beginning to impact more than 100,000 people living around Garamba. Help us continue these vital efforts by donating to African Parks today.
African Parks and the Institut Congolais pour la Conservation de la Nature (ICCN) entered into a partnership in 2005 to manage the park. In 2016, we renewed our management agreement for another ten years.View Partners
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