Fact sheet: Protected Areas of Central Africa 2024

The Protected Areas of Central Africa report, a flagship publication of the Observatory of Forests of Central Africa (OFAC), delivers comprehensive insights into the forest ecosystems of the region. This 2024 edition provides crucial data for decision-makers, covering governance, ecotourism, human-elephant conflicts, transhumance, mining, and the oil industry. It highlights the critical role of protected areas in sustainable development, noting that over 85% are managed via Public-Private Partnerships, with 262 designated as national parks or conservation areas. The report also emphasizes the economic contributions and challenges related to these areas, including their overlap with extractive industries and the impact of ecotourism.

The report was written by a group of experts specializing in conservation in Central Africa, with the financial support of the Organization of African, Caribbean and Pacific States (OEACP) and the European Union (EU), through the BIOPAMA and RIOFAC projects, as well as GIZ.

The fact sheet highlights the significant role of these areas in biodiversity conservation and sustainable development, emphasizing the overlap with extractive industries and the challenges faced. It also outlines country commitments, international support, and the financial aspects crucial for maintaining these protected areas.


Language: English

Year: 2024

Ecosystem(s): Forests

Location(s): Africa, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)

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