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thmavril3Although Community Health was the theme of January 2019, HPP-Congo considered it appropriate to reschudle it back in April 2019 because of innumerable challenges facing this crucial area of ​​Public Health. Therefore, we will dwell in this introductory article of April 2019 only on the protection of the environment.   

The natural wealths of the D.R Congo are not unlimited and some behaviors attributed to human beings such as slash-and-burn agriculture, deforestation or businesses such as air pollution endanger them.

It is therefore for the sake of preserving the environment for future generations that HPP-Congo has integrated environmental protection education into all its community development programs and projects.

 

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Reforestation is an activity made without exclusion by all the projects of HPP-Congo in the framework of the protection of the environment. 687,656 trees have been planted from 2013 to the present day by communities in all project implementation areas.

In addition to the general reforestation carried out as a common activity to all projects, partners such as:

- The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) through the Central Africa Regional Program for the Environment (CARPE) financed the project "Support to the development of Community Agroforestry in the territory of Madimba" aiming at the association of 125,000 cassava with acacia in 4 villages of the Madimba Territory, Kongo Central from November 2013 to October 2014.

 

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- The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) through the Global Environment Facility Micro Finance Program (PMF / GEF) has financed from October 2014 to April 2016 the reforestation of 25,000 trees in the Madimba Territory. under the project "Support for tree planting in the forest and agricultural areas of Madimba".

- The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) has funded through the Food Security Support Program and the Agricultural and Rural Governance (PASAGAR), the planting of 30,000 fruit trees to improve the composition of the diet of the population of Boma and Bas-Fleuve districts around the Luki Biosphere Reserve in Kongo Central from 2013 to 2017.

 

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- The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) also supported the planting of 10,000 fruit trees and other species for forest restoration under the project "Implementation of Sustainable Agricultural Systems Minimizing Negative Impacts on the Environment and the climate in the communities of Mpelu and Kimvuma (Plateau District, Bolobo Territory) since July 2015.

It should also be noted that this project also involved the setting aside of specific areas that are part of this project related to the Payment for Environmental Services (PES) contract for the mitigation of emissions under the Emissions Reduction Program. at the level of the area of Mpelu, and of the Territory of Bolobo in the Province of Mai-Ndombé.

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- The Ministry of the Environment, Nature Conservation and Sustainable Development financed from November 2015 to April 2016 the project "Strengthening the resilience and adaptability of women and children to climate change in DR Congo" or PANA-AFE aimed at developing alternative, efficient and climate resilient livelihoods for women's groups in six pilot villages in Kongo Central Province.

 

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- The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) through the Global Environment Facility Micro Finance Program has funded for 18 months (July 2017 to December 2018) the reforestation of 25,000 trees and the improved cookstove construction as part of the project "Strengthening the Resilience of the Kasenga Population to Climate Change through Agro-Woodland Systems."

 

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Conservation agriculture practiced by the 25,561 farmers supervised by the Farmer Clubs projects since 2011 has contributed significantly to the protection of the environment because it is only an integrated agricultural production system based on principles which seeks to respect life and natural cycles. The biodiversity of the agroecosystem is favored as well as the biological activity of soils thanks to the application of techniques such as:

- Mechanical or thermal weeding

- The biological struggle

- The use of natural pesticides

- Reduction or even elimination of tillage

- Soil improvement through crop rotations, use of natural fertilizers (ex: manure, rock dust, compost) and green manures

Farmers have also been educated in the protection of populations of animal and plant species, as well as the conservation of the ecological integrity of their natural habitats.

The positive impacts of the activities implemented by HPP-Congo in Community Health and the Protection of the Environment contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals:

 ODD1  ODD3  ODD13  ODD15

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