Rainbow over the Congo rainforest
Preserving Rainforest
The Congo rainforest is one of the Earth’s most vital treasures. The second largest rainforest on the planet, it plays a crucial role in preserving biodiversity and mitigating climate change. The rainforest is an integrated, harmonious ecosystem. The only way to save it is to adopt an integrated, harmonious conservation approach, one that ensures the wellbeing of the forest and all its inhabitants.

The Bonobo Peace Forest is the guiding vision of BCI and our local partners: a connected network of community-based reserves, supported by sustainable development. The Bonobo Peace Forest does not simply address the symptom of bonobo population decline; rather, it addresses the underlying ecological and human forces that shape the bonobos’ destiny.
6 sites
2 officially protected areas... 4 more in development
9 million
acres of rainforest protected... 2 million more in progress
1,950 trillion
tons CO2 sequestered
All of the sites and sites-in-development where BCI and partners work are part of the Peace Forest. The Peace Forest provides protection for bonobos and other species in the Congo rainforest, while at the same time ensuring a better life for the people who share this precious land. Peace Forest communities are united in their goal to secure the future of their forests and the bonobos that live there. Since 2001, the Peace Forest concept has evolved organically, driven primarily by Congolese community interests, from the grassroots level to the national leadership.

The Bonobo Peace Forest currently spans nine million acres, with two million more in progress. With two official protected areas—the Kokolopori Bonobo Reserve and Sankuru Nature Reserve—and four other sites actively in development, the Peace Forest is a vast safe haven for countless plant and animal species. Community-led conservation efforts that began at the grassroots are providing environmental benefits for the entire world.

BCI works in many project sites throughout the bonobo range in DRC. Though all of these sites have common goals, each one has a unique and fascinating story. Learn more about the Peace Forest sites, including:
The Kokolopori Bonobo Reserve is the pilot and model for the Bonobo Peace Forest. Harboring one of the largest known bonobo populations, Kokolopori is an exceptionally important site for conservation and research.
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At 30,570 square kilometers (11,800 square miles), the Sankuru Nature Reserve is the world’s largest continuous protected area for great apes.
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Nestled on the banks of the Tshuapa River, Lilungu is a special haven for bonobos. The Bakela people maintain traditional beliefs honoring bonobos and are actively working with BCI to establish official protection of their forest.
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Located in the heart of the growing Bonobo Peace Forest, the adjoining sites at Lingomo, Nkokolombo, and Likongo are shining examples of community-led conservation.
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Located in the northwest of the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Lac Tumba region is an ecologically vibrant area containing a wide range of habitats and many wildlife species.
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BCI and partners have conducted preliminary bonobo surveys and formed agreements with local communities at Mompono, Monieka/Bokote, Lonua, and Samba.
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