In Central Africa, the protection of the natural heritage constitutes an essential stake because of the capital importance of these forests which shelter an exceptional biodiversity characterized by a very high level of endemism, and directly ensure the survival of about 30 million people. In addition, these forests contribute to climate regulation via carbon sequestration. Their conservation is therefore fundamental.
This session aims at presenting the role of the World Heritage Convention for the protection of biodiversity in the Congo Basin and how the World Heritage status strengthens the protection of sites in Central Africa. It will do so by analyzing and showcasing case studies and success stories in the region, such as the Central Africa World Heritage Forest Initiative (CAWHFI).