Yangambi’s economy is strongly linked to scientific activities. In the past, the research center employed a part of the population and created indirect opportunities for the rest of the community. But the local economy declined in tandem with the research activities.
Nowadays, most households rely on the exploitation of natural resources for their livelihoods, including logging, slash-and-burn agriculture, hunting, and fishing. Income-generating activities are limited, and the local population often has no other alternatives than over-exploitation.
Women work in a tree nursery. Photo: Axel Fassio/CIFOR
New initiatives are working to create jobs in this landscape and once again involve local communities in conservation and scientific activities that can improve their living conditions. By promoting the sustainable management of forests, Yangambi is betting on a green future. Discover our development initiatives