Thinking of a Career in Emergency Management?
- BY Nicole Pelette
Presentation of the EU-ECOFAC 6 program
The Support Program for the Conservation of Biodiversity and Fragile Ecosystems - Phase 6 ("ECOFAC 6") funded by the 11th European Development Fund is designed to support government institutions responsible for environmental management in Central Africa. The ECOFAC 6 program targets direct support to nearly 12 protected areas in seven different states (Gabon, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Republic of Congo, Sao Tome and Principe and Chad) members of the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) and eight priority landscapes for conservation, while contributing to a green economy characterized by sustainable and inclusive economic development and the fight against climate change. To address threats to biodiversity and protected areas, the program's activities aim to: (a) coordinate sectoral activities at the level of targeted territories and regional landscapes; (b) strengthen and improve conservation systems; and (c) involve local populations in conservation. Conservation effectiveness will be enhanced through capacity building of stakeholders and the adoption of a participatory learning and management approach.
It is within the framework of the ECOFAC 6 program that the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) through the Dr Alphonse Mackanga Missandzou Educational Complex (CEDAMM) has been selected as the operator for the implementation of the sub-regional support action relating to the development of curriculum and other mechanisms for the training of ecoguards.
The overall objective of this action is to develop and implement a curriculum and training mechanisms for the eco-guard profession in seven countries selected under the ECOFAC 6 program.
The specific objectives of the action are:
In order to contribute to improving the effectiveness of protected area management in Central Africa through the training of ecoguards, WCS is recruiting a project manager who will be responsible for planning, coordinating and ensuring the implementation of this sub-regional action.
The Wildlife Conservation Society (“WCS”) is a New York not-for-profit corporation founded by statute in 1895 as the New York Zoological Society. WCS saves wildlife and wild places worldwide through research, science, conservation action, education, and inspiring people to value nature. That mission is achieved through our global conservation programs (WCS currently oversees a portfolio of more than 500 conservation projects in 65 countries in Asia, Africa, Latin America, and North America, and the oceans between them) and through the management of the world’s largest system of urban wildlife parks–the Bronx Zoo; the New York Aquarium; and the Central Park, Queens, and Prospect Park Zoos (the City Zoos)
Wildlife Conservation Society organization in Gabon
In Gabon, WCS is one of the largest and oldest conservation organizations. Through the accord de siege signed with the government of the Republic of Gabon in 2003, WCS focuses its technical assistance on knowledge of and ecological monitoring of marine and terrestrial mammals (particularly forest elephants) and fisheries resources; capacity building in the planning and management of protected areas; and law enforcement monitoring regarding natural resources.
For decades, WCS has developed theoretical and practical knowledge on Central African ecosystems (biodiversity, structure, dynamics and functioning) and tools to ensure their sustainability through the concept of integrated and participatory management. The development and transmission of this knowledge and tools is one of the missions of the Complexe Educatif Docteur Alphonse Mackanga Missandzou (CEDAMM). CEDAMM is located within the Lopé National Park, and has been selected for the implementation of the sub-regional support action for the training of ecoguards.
The Training and capacity building technical assistant will be responsible for the development of ecoguard training systems, supervision of the principal trainers as well as the coordination and monitoring of the implementation of training sessions for eco-guards in the 7 countries of the Central African sub-region (Gabon, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Republic of Congo, Sao Tome and Principe and Chad) targeted by the ECOFAC6 program
Coordination and monitoring of training sessions’ implementation
Communication and visibility of the project