CONSERVING THE HEART OF THE CONGO BASIN
In support of the WWF Landscape Finance Lab, Natural Strategies mobilizes sustainable investments to conserve Central Africa’s rainforests.
ln the heart of the Congo Basin, the Tri-National Dja-Odzala-Minkebe (TRIDOM) Landscape covers 1O% of the rainforests (178,000 km2) in Cameroon, Gabon and the Republic of Congo. This vast area includes 11 protected areas. It holds the largest elephant population in the Congo Basin (estimated at up to 40,000, but rapidly declining) and harbors rich biodiversity, including western gorillas and central chimpanzees, estimated at up to 140,000. It is an rare treasure for people and wildlife, but it also faces threats like poaching, logging and mining. Conserving this unique landscape is critical for the climate, for biodiversity and for the local communities in the area. It is also key for the sustainable economic development of Cameroon, Gabon and the Republic of Congo.
Natural Strategies supports the WWF Landscape Finance Lab in mobilizing investments that can conserve the landscape. In particular, Natural Strategies works to: build capacity on sustainable landscape finance, in collaboration with WWF in Cameroon, Gabon and Republic of Congo; develop a TRIDOM sustainable investment strategy; generate bankable project proposals for investments into TRIDOM landscape conservation, including with the help of carbon finance to incentivize sustainable agriculture and reduce deforestation; and mobilise green funding at scale from impact investors, corporates and public donors.
We thereby help unlock sustainable finance to protect a global wildlife hotspot that sustains communities, biodiversity and the climate alike.
Cameroon, Gabon, Republic of Congo
WWF Landscape Finance Lab
REDD+, Conservation finance
2019 - 2021