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Promoting transboundary management of natural resources in Central Africa

Africa is endowed with biodiversity and natural resources; however, sustainable management remains a challenge. As a result of its colonial past, the political boundaries separating African countries do not follow natural and geological features. The same landscapes and similar ecosystems traverse frontiers and are inhabited by the same communities, if not the same ethnic groups.

UNESCO plays an active role in supporting countries to manage their shared resources beyond these boundaries. In central Africa, the organization is undertaking a feasibility study for the establishment of a transboundary biosphere reserve between Cameroon, Congo and Gabon. This is in support of an intergovernmental cooperation agreement signed in 2005 by the three countries to create and sustainably manage a homogeneous and coherent space known as the Tri-nationale Dja-Odzala-Minkébé (TRIDOM). A tri-national workshop organized by UNESCO in collaboration with the Ministry of Tourism and Environment of the Republic of the Congo was held in Brazzaville, Congo on 6 June 2013 to launch the consultation process with the participation of stakeholders from the three countries.