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The Tri-National Dja-Odzala-Minkebe (TRIDOM) Landscape covers nearly 10% of the Congo Basin rainforests (178,000km²) in Cameroon, Gabon, and Congo-Brazzaville, and currently includes 11 protected areas (in total 42,319 km² or 24% of TRIDOM ). TRIDOM holds the largest Forest Elephant population in the Congo Basin (estimated at up to 40.0001, though rapidly declining) and harbours most of the biodiversity typically found in Central Africa’s rainforests, including both western lowland gorillas and central chimpanzees (great apes: estimated at up to 140.000). Most of TRIDOM has a human population density of 1-2 inhabitants per km², with people living in small towns and villages along the sparse road network. An estimated 10,000 Baka indigenous people inhabit TRIDOM. With a forest cover of 97% and a deforestation rate of 0.2% per decennium (1990-2010) it is one of the most intact forest blocks in the Congo Basin. TRIDOM has low road density and few easily navigable rivers. However, the development of a growing logging road network and public road improvement have led to a big increase in bush meat trade while the tenfold increase in ivory prices (2005-2012) has led to TRIDOM being one of Africa’s ivory poaching hotspots.
TRIDOM is covered by a 2004 agreement, by which the three governments commit to a coordinated approach and sustainable development of the interzone in between protected areas. It is also one of the 12 COMIFAC-recognized priority transboundary conservation programmes in the Congo Basin. TRIDOM is also proposed as a “Man and Biosphere” Reserve (UNESCO-led feasibility study on-going). In 2014, the three governments also signed an anti- poaching collaboration agreement which provides the procedures that bi- or tri-national joint patrols must follow. It creates a new structure (the TRIDOM brigade) and allows bi-national patrols to enter up to 20 km into a country’s territory
WWF TRIDOM Strategic Plan
In 2019, WWF together with the three forest ministries of Cameroon, Gabon and the Republic of Congo developed a TRIDOM Strategic Plan for the period FY20-24. The Vision of this Strategy is that by 2030 the TRIDOM transboundary tropical forest landscape provides a safe home to healthy populations of forest elephants, great apes and a wealth of biodiversity, supported by engaged local communities while contributing to the economic development aspirations of Cameroon, Gabon and the Republic of Congo.
- This Strategic Plan aims to contribute to the following overarching Goals:
- Goal 1: By 2030, sustainable and equitable resource governance and benefits are achieved for 50.000 Local and Indigenous Communities around all Protected Areas in TRIDOM.
- Goal 2: By 2030, Forest Elephants, Chimpanzee and Gorilla have stabilized at 2019 levels, secured in a transboundary network of well-managed protected areas and connected responsible production landscapes covering 70% of TRIDOM.
- Goal 3: By 2030, 40 M tons C emission prevented and related biodiversity benefits safeguarded through among others 283 M USD carbon funding mobilised and effectively implemented, allocated through WB Carbon fund for Cameroon +Congo.
The following five strategies were defined to contribute to the above-mentioned goals:
- Strategy 1: Assuring access to resources for local communities
- Strategy 2: Strengthening rights position for Indigenous Peoples
- Strategy 3: Promoting Sustainable Production
- Strategy 4: Climate Action (to prevent increased carbon emissions from Tridom and facilitate climate adaptation)
- Strategy 5: Biodiversity Conservation
The Tridom Strategic Plan was adopted internally by WWF but never formally presented and adopted by stakeholders. Through this evaluation/review, we would like to give new impetus to the redefining and adaptation of the Strategic Plan, both internally and externally.
Scope of the evaluation
This evaluation will cover all activities and strategic interventions implemented by WWF Cameroon, Gabon, and Republic of Congo, which relate to the TRIDOM Strategic Plan developed in 2019. It will cover activities funded by other donors such as the EU, other WWF NOs, Foundations etc. where relevant. The final evaluation report will be shared with partners participating in the TRIDOM conservation work in Cameroon, Gabon, and Republic of Congo, as well as with involved WWF offices.
Purpose of the evaluation
The evaluation is being done in order to provide an informed opinion on the status of the WWF TRIDOM Strategic Plan FY20-24 and provide advice for evolution of this strategic plan.
Proposed objectives of the Tridom Landscape Evaluation include:
- Determine effectiveness of the strategies for achieving impact within the landscape context
- Determine external factors influencing its results (outcome and goal level)
- Strengthening partnerships and inclusiveness in the program
- Inform the further development of the TRIDOM Strategy
- Evaluate the current functioning of the institutional bodies of TRIDOM and the Relations between the stakeholders both at the political level and at the technical and operational levels, between the states and between a state and its technical and financial partners.
Audience for the Evaluation
The evaluation is commissioned by WWF Cameroon in the framework of the TRIDOM contracts with WWF Netherlands, but is also relevant to other Network donors such as WWF Germany, France, Switzerland, Belgium and International. The evaluation is to be followed-up by clear management responses of WWF Cameroon and WWF Gabon (also representing WWF in Congo).
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