WCS-Congo in September 2006

Excerpt from Environment News Service "Congo Creates New Wildlife Protection Areas" September 2006: "...These two new protected areas are a tremendous addition to the Republic of Congo's protected-area network and to global protection of biodiversity," said Dr. Paul Elkan who directs WCS's Congo program. "There is already a great deal of local community support for the creation of both these protected areas. We look forward to working with the Congolese Government in making these effective protected areas and foundations for landscape scale management in the Congo basin...The announcement comes in the wake of a deal brokered by the World Wildlife Fund to work with the Danzer Group, an international timber giant and leading producer of hardwood, to promote sustainable forest management through Africa. As part of the cooperation, Danzer's subsidiaries in Congo, which manage a combined total forest area of more than 12,000 square miles, are scheduled to be certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) starting in 2008. This is the largest concession in Africa currently being prepared for FSC certification...The announcement was made at the United Nations by Congo's Minister of Forestry Economy Henri Djombo along with officials from the U.S. based Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS). Djombo said his nation depends on forest resources for much of its economic development, but it is also "deeply committed to biodiversity conservation and sustainable forest management..."

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