The Union of Associations for Gorilla Conservation for Community Development in the east of the DRC,( UGADEC ), is a platform of seven association reserves dedicated to community conservation. (See Map)
The UGADEC mission is to protect the great apes and other animals protected under Congolese law and their natural habitats and to strengthen the capacity of local communities in managing natural resources for sustainable use.
Since forests are to contribute to the welfare of people, community conservation advocated by UGADEC ensures the promotion of development of the local populations living around these protected areas
– to promote the socio-economic development of local communities living between the National Park of Maiko and Kahuzi Biega .
– to participate in the conservation and protection of great apes and their natural habitats in eastern DRC
– to create an ecological corridor between the two parks
– to reach eco-tourism within the corridor.
Alexis KALINDA SALUMU
UGADEC Executive Secretary