Towards more co-management, public private partnerships in Central Africa



Please download the two articles and COMIFAC’s PPP Guide below:


Biological Conservation Paper Co-Management Fitzgerald.pdf


co management of parks in Central Africa.pdf





Two scientific articles advocate for Public Private Partnerships as a way of improving biodiversity conservation in Congo Basin forests: protected area management and facilitating long term financial and technical support...



Protected areas (PAs) are under increasing anthropogenic pressure. The available material, financial and human resources for managing protected areas make up just a fraction of what is needed in most countries and therefore many protected areas are falling short of their ecological, economic and social potential.



Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) are certainly at the top of the conservation agenda in Central Africa. In this context, non-profit organizations are working with national wildlife authorities to improve PA management by facilitating long-term financial and technical support.  While many of them have proven successful, there are hindrances to PPP implementation, including concerns among some States that some partnerships could undermine their sovereignty.



Furthermore,  COMIFAC has prepared a guide on PPPs in Central Africa. The COMIFAC ministers “adopted” the guide during the 10th Council of COMIFAC Ministers in Yaoundé on 11 July.

However, the PPP model is not without its critics.



The following two articles: (1) Models for the collaborative management of Africa's protected areas ( Mujon Baghai et al ; 2018) and (2)  A Central African Perspective on Delegated Protected Area Management(Paul Scholte et al ; 2018) ;  conducted studies of various collaborative PA management models in order to identify the strengths and weaknesses of each one and suggest recommendations for successfully implementing them.



Please download the two articles and COMIFAC’s PPP Guide below:


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