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“Biodiversité au Katanga” ( BAK) is a Non-Government Organization (NGO) with Congolese rights whose aim is to preserve the natural heritage of Katanga.
Our organization is convinced that conservation cannot be separate from development. We therefore conceive all our projects with respect to the improvement of rural and urban populations. We particularly insist on education and scientific research.
We do not focus solely on the protected areas: our aim is to preserve the fauna and the flora of the whole province.

We are convinced that hunting and fishing are not necessarily incompatible with nature conservation as long as the fauna stock is managed in a coherent way.  

In our site headings "news " and "archives " you will find the reports of our recent and/or past activities.

We hope that our database on the vertebrates of Katanga will be a useful tool for scientists as well as for naturalists and hobbyist. Renowned international institutions assist us in our permanent effort to improve it and keep it up to date.

Our organization welcomes everyone who is willing to invest in promoting and realizing our aims. We specially look for funds that will help us to reach our goals.

Actual composition of the board of directors:

President :   FORREST George Arthur
Vice-president : KAUMBA LUFUNDA Prince
Managing Director :

HASSON Michel

Administrators : ANASTASSIOU Michel
 

NGONGO LUHEMBWE Michel 

  NGOY SHUTCHA Mylor
  SEGERS Jean-François

Honorary members (alphabetical order):
Year 2007

  • GRYSEELS Guido, Director of the « Africa Museum » in Tervuren, Belgium
  • d’HUART Jean-pierre, Conservation Consultancy Services SPRL           
  • KALPERS José, African Parks Foundation
  • MUYAMBO KYASSA Jean-Claude, Congolese Minister of Humanitarian Affaires.
  • O’DONNELL Lesley, Director EU Office IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare)
  • THOMPSON Jo, Director  Lukuru Wildlife Research Project
  • VAN GOETHEM Jackie, Head of the Invertebrates Department at the "Institut royal des Sciences naturelles de Belgique"
  • VERSCHUREN Jacques, former Managing Director of the "Institut Zaïrois de la Conservation de la Nature"

Year 2008

  • ENDUNDO José, Minister of Environment, Nature Conservation and Tourism of the Democratic Republic of Congo
  • KATUMBI CHAPWE Moïse, Governor of the Province of Katanga
  • LUKENGE KAPWIBWE MWENZE Thérèse, Provincial Minister of Sport, Leisure, Environment and Tourism 
  • MEERTS Pierre, Professor at the Free University of Brussels
  • SEVRIN Guy, General Consul of Belgium in Lubumbashi

Year 2012

  • de MARET Pierre, Pro-Rector and Professor at the Free University of Brussels
  • MUYA WA BITANKO Donatien, Curator fo the National Museum of Lubumbashi