Created in 1970 and covering an area of 3,334,600 ha, Salonga National Park is the largest protected area of dense rainforest on the African continent. Located in the heart of the Congo River Basin, this park remains one of the very few remaining completely intact biotopes in Central Africa, home to remarkable ecosystems and numerous species of concern to the IUCN. The preservation of the park's integrity inevitably requires support for the economic development of its neighboring populations, particularly through agricultural development activities, and to limit human pressure on natural resources.
A team from ORYX Expertise went to the field in May 2022 to carry out the final evaluation of all of the project's intervention areas. It was conducted in accordance with the principles and recommendations promoted by the European Union for development aid projects, including the analysis of cross-cutting issues (such as gender, youth, governance, social rights and the environment). It aims to take an objective external look at the assessment of the activities developed through an approach based on results-based management (RBM) and the vision of stakeholders. All of this is concluded with useful recommendations for future support, providing adaptive responses to the obstacles and levers identified.