The Botanic Garden of Eala was founded in 1900 and is located in Mbandaka. Projet Équateur has partnered with the garden to develop agroforestry plots, build administrative and technical capacity, facilitate student research projects, and coordinate annual community activities for World Environment Day. They are also working to set up carbon plots that will give staff and students the opportunity to learn how to measure above ground biomass quantities in the different ecosystems of Équateur, which are all represented within the vast gardens.
To read more about the gardens and their history, please click here.
Higher Institute of Rural Development, Mbandaka (ISDR-MBK)
The Higher Institute of Rural Development (ISDR) is a higher education institute in Mbandaka which focuses on educating students to be able to work successfully as rural development workers. Projet Équateur works with ISDR to provide training and opportunities for research endeavors and collaborates with staff and students to organize educational community events for World Environment Day. Currently, Projet Équateur is working to help students and teachers gain access to more up to date information through the creation of a virtual library on campus.
Mr. Zambo began his professional career at the Botanical and Zoological Gardens of Kinshasa before becoming a technical advisor for the Forest Working Group (GTF), an environmentally focused civil society group. He then worked as a technical assistant to the president the Commission for Dense Humid Forest in Central Africa (CEFDHAC). Mr. Zambo’s passion for forest issues led him to begin volunteering for the Congolese National REDD+ Coordination (CN-REDD), working to create socio-environmental standards for REDD+ around the Reservation for the Biosphere of Luki in Kongo Central. Following this work he was appointed to the position of REDD+ Focal Point for Équateur province. When Projet Equateur began in 2013, Mr. Zambo was instrumental the daily operations of the project, working as the technical assistant in charge of communication and monitoring evaluation.
Since April 2014, Mr. Zambo has resumed his former position as a REDD+ Focal Point for Equateur with the Forest Carbon Partnership Fund (FCPF). He now works as a liaison between Projet Equateur, CN-REDD and the provincial government. He has very much enjoyed working with WHRC experts to acquire a better understanding of climate change and carbon mapping and monitoring. Above all, he enjoys having such friendly and open colleagues, and they very much appreciate his fantastic sense of humor and positive energy.