Regional Program for the Conservation & Rational Utilization of Forest Ecosystems in Central Africa (ECOFAC) - Phase 4
The ECOFAC program covers the countries of Cameroon, Central African Republic, Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Gabon, Guinée Equatoriale, Sao Tomé e Príncipe. It contributes towards (i) multi-functional and sustainable land use and biodiversity management in participation with all major stakeholders, conservation and sustainable development of the rich biological ecosystems, (ii) a recognition of the economic and social potentiality of the biodiversity and (iii) the capacity building and institu-tional strengthening for harmonized policies to secure the conservation and sustainable utilization of biodiversity for present and future generations.
At regional level:
- Establishment of operational program management structures with national and local governments, organisations, EC delegations and other programme participants.
- Coordination and supervision of national components.
- Overall budget and financial management, administrative liaison.
- Coordination of training, research, development, methodological approach.
- Monitoring, evaluation and impact assessment.
- Integrated transboundary management of protected areas.
- Promotion of supporting political and legal framework conditions, FLEGT.
At national levels:
- Institutional support and capacity building.
- Creation and management of nature parks and protected areas.
- Assessment of forest resources and flora/fauna biodiversity, delineation of priority conservation areas.
- Preparation and imlementation of integrated management plans for protected areas.
- Integration of local populations and village communities, co-management, regulated hunting.
- Eco-tourism, sustainable wildlife management, sustainable natural resource utilisation.
- Regional cooperation.
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