Training Researchers in Sustainable Management

The FORETS project at Kisangani University, located 90 kilometers east of Yangambi, and INERA aim to bring researchers and local people closer together and to promote development in the Yangambi Reserve and in its surroundings. Training is provided in land and natural resource management, plantation creation and management, and applied and targeted research and development in a city that was, in its time, the largest tropical agricultural research station in the world. This station has gradually lost its importance in recent decades, but CIFOR and its partners will work to support and revive the research and development that takes place there. Given that the DRC has few scientists with graduate degrees, CIFOR will continue to support Congolese masters and doctoral students, strengthen research at the university and provide the tools for development and infrastructure that are lacking.