Djolu Territory Sites
Lingomo and Nkokolombo
Located in the heart of the growing Bonobo Peace Forest, the sites at Lingomo and Nkokolombo are a shining example of community-led conservation. Inspired by the example of nearby Kokolopori Bonobo Reserve, local leaders initiated their own programs for conservation and have signed accords to create community-based reserves in this 2,000 square kilometer (770 square mile) region.
At Lingomo, Cosmas Bofangi founded the organization, Conservation of the Resources of Lingomo (CRL) and at Nkokolombo, Roger Afelende founded the Association for Conservation of Bonobos in the Source of Lomako (ACBL). Both have succeeded in gaining commitment from their communities to protect bonobos, engaging volunteers and community leaders to back the initiative. Lingomo and Nkokolombo are home not only to bonobos but also to aardvarks, duikers, leopards, and numerous monkey species. However, the proximity to the more populous area of Djolu makes these sites more vulnerable to logging and the bushmeat trade.
To protect this vital region, BCI and local partners have trained, equipped and supported monitoring teams and established conservation centers. BCI is now working to expand this effort with community development and livelihood programs to empower local people who are working diligently to protect bonobos.
Likongo is another conservation area created by local Congolese residents who were inspired by Kokolopori. Jean Gaston Ndombasi, leader of local NGO Début Likongo, has been instrumental in organizing eco-guard and tracker efforts in Likongo. Thanks to his leadership, eighteen Likongo residents are monitoring three bonobo groups. They have shown remarkable dedication, working for the past two years on a completely volunteer basis. We are seeking funding to provide this community with more formal support.