People-Centered Conservation

Head in the Sky, Feet in the Mud
Frank Hawkins, Vice President Africa and Madagascar Division, Conservation International (CI)

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is now emerging from a decade of civil war. In this post-conflict context CI is helping local communities protect their globally important biodiversity and find grass-roots solutions for the sustainable use of their natural resources. These programs enable and empower local people to become stewards of their own natural resources, improve their well-being through conservation, and increase their educational opportunities. These programs provide local Africans solutions to the global conservation challenges of the 21st century.

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