January 17, 2011
Encouraging news from Democratic Republic of Congo
In the village of Kasugho, about 5 hours by road from Butembo, students at the Tayna Center for Conservation Biology (TCCB) are getting ready to present their research and graduate in February. 150 students have completed their full course of studies, among them 30 women.
One of the most innovative higher education institutions in Congo, TCCB has become a player in the regional effort to ensure nature conservation and sustainable development. It was begun with funding from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
Graduates will join the ranks of others already engaged in conservation, education and media employed by the national Park Service, Community Managed Reserves, local not-for-profits, radio stations and teaching in other local universities. Creating a community of Congolese nationals accepting responsibility for their own biodiversity.
Good news for the future of the vast rainforests in the congo basin.