Great Apes Conservation Action Plan (CAP) Strategy Meeting 25-27th September
Two of the staff from Strong Roots, Dominique and Suzie, attended a 3 day strategy meeting in Goma for CAP, that we are a part of. The meeting, held in French, was to discuss the strategy of the group and create actions going forward to continue the conservation of great apes here in Eastern-DRC. This requires strong communication between all parties, sharing best practice and innovative ideas, and helping solve problems. Some of the strategy topics that were discussed; raising awareness, land tenure and management and assessing numbers of the Great apes. The meeting was attended by 30+ individuals, including representatives from the Jane Goodall Institute (JGI who were facilitating the meeting), Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International (DFGF-I), Lwiro Primate Sanctuary (CRPL), WCS, FFI, UGADEC, FODI, GRACE, WWF, AfriCapacity and others, including delegates from Kahuzi-Biega National Park, Maiko National Park and Itombwe Nature Reserve. The follow up meeting of the CAP Strategies representatives will be held in a couple of weeks to further confirm the actions of the group moving forward. Update to follow.