Category Archives: community conservation

Lomami National Park: a New Protected Area in D.R. Congo

On July 7th 2016, the Lomami National Park took its place as Congo’s 8th national park, the first in more than forty years. The Parc National de la Lomami (PNL) markers are set along the southern limit with local chiefs. This gold nugget surfaced from the travail of many, long collaborations. The real debate started […]

How to Move a Village ?

Obenge, seemed a peaceful village… … though impoverished and utterly remote with no school and no health care. In 2007 the TL2/Lukuru project made its first landing at Obenge and soon it became our first base camp along the Lomami. About Obenge: it first appeared on maps in the early 1920s. It was not yet on this […]

Villages and Gunfire along the Lomami

Karsten and his team returning to Obenge after third time under gunfire in less than a month. We planned to meet part way. John, Matthieu and myself were to take a dugout moving downstream from Katopa camp. In the meantime, Karsten who now directs activities at the northern Obenge camp would take a dugout upstream. […]

Justice or Vengeance in the Heart of Africa?

Case from TL2: the disappearance of Bernard Botumba. Park guard Michel is blamed for the disappearance of Bernard.