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Looking for marsh weaver birds.
date : 11/02/2010
 
  A team of BAK, accompanied by Dr Michel Louette from the Royal Museum of Central Africa in Tervuren and by Professor Adrian Craig from Rhodes University, went all around Katanga looking for marsh weaver birds. The mission, which lasted two and a half weeks, was positive. Three of the four...

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A team of Agronomy students from the UNILU pursues the implementation of a research station on the miombo.
date : 15/01/2010
 
  Within the framework of the project undertaken under the supervision of Professors Ngongo from the Unilu, and Meerts and Lejoly from the ULB, a students team from the agronomy faculty of the University of Lubumbashi pursues the marking of all the trees of a diameter above 10cm on a 6...

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Implementation of the closed fishing season at the lake Tshangalele
date : 09/12/2009
 
  One of BAK team went on the lake Tshangalele on the 5th and 6th of December and noticed the implementation of the decree closing the fishing season that was issued by His Excellence the Governor of the Katanga Province.
Not one dugout was seen on the whole lake!
Bak congratulates the...

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Rediscovery of the Lake Lufira weaver
date : 04/09/2009
 
  Here is the article published in the September's issue of the African Bird Club Bulletin...

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Ornithology data base completed on our site
date : 29/08/2009
 
  We are happy to announce that our birds database is complete on our site!...

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BAK offers books to the ICCN
date : 25/08/2009
 
  BAK offered today a series of over two hundred books to the ICCN's provincial office. These works on the exploration of the national parks of Congo are still, for the most part, taken as the authority today. Students and other readers can consult these books for free in the library...

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Slaughter of a hippopotamus in the Tshangalele's reserve
date : 05/08/2009
 
  Free Translation

On the 26th of July 2009, one could read on the Radio Okapi's website the following article:

"Kambove: the slaughter of a hippopotamus, a bone of contention between the ICCN and the territorial authority Katanga / Environment / 26th of July 2009 at 11:13:44

Although the number of hippopotamuses has appreciably...

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Content of BAK's exhibition
date : 05/07/2009
 
  The document PDF gives you an outline of the nine panels which were shown at the exhibition " Nature Conservation in Katanga " that BAK organized at the Lubumbashi zoo....

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Inauguration at the Zoo of Lubumbashi
date : 04/07/2009
 
  Here are the pictures of the inauguration as well as the speech pronounced by the President of BAK, Mr George Arthur Forrest....

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Inauguration of the BAK's exhibition
date : 03/07/2009
 
  On Friday the 3rd of July BAK inaugurated its exhibition " Nature Conservation in Katanga " at the zoo of Lubumbashi. His Excellence the Minister of the Environment came from Kinshasa accompanied with six members of parliament. Madam the Mayor of the city of Lubumbashi and the provincial Minister of...

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Slaughter of an elephant at Buyaba by agents of the ICCN
date : 15/04/2009
 
  After a meticulous investigation and verification by the competant authorities we regret to inform the public that on February the 12th 2009, agents of the ICCN went in the village of Buyaba and fired at a herd of elephants. An animal riddled with 16 bullets went to die a bit...

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Birds' page update
date : 08/03/2009
 
  The page on birds in the rubric "Vertebrates of Katanga" has been updated.
Thanks to the collaboration of ornithologists from the "Musée Royal de l'Afrique Centrale de Tervuren", we were able to identify and add about fifty new birds' pictures.
The birds' database is almost complete....

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WCS final report
date : 25/02/2009
 
  Here is the complete report of the Wildlife Conservation Society on the protected areas of Katanga's large mammals census. This census took place in September 2008 in the Upemba and Kundelungu National Parks....

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Ploceus ruweti is still alive!
date : 22/02/2009
 
  One of BAK's team managed to find the Lake Lufira weaver that was last observed in 1962. This bird is on the red list of threatened species and the scientific community did not know if it had survived. ...

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Visit of the Professor Lejoly
date : 20/02/2009
 
  During the whole week BAK welcomed the Professor Jean Lejoly from the Free University of Brussels. This botanist came to set up, with students from the UNILU, an experimental site to study the open forest of Katanga also called "Miombo".
Areas totalising 4 hectares were chosen in the Mikembo Sanctuary. In...

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Visit of Canadian entomologists
date : 25/01/2009
 
  At the end of January 2009 BAK brought its logistic assistance to two entomologists (a Canadian and a Congolese) who came to study the dung beetles of Katanga. Dr Bruce Gill studies populations of beetles feeding on feces left by animal populations and gets information on these animal populations from...

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One of BAK's team goes in the elephants' area
date : 28/12/2008
 
  One of BAK's team stayed in the Kayumba chieftainship for several weeks. Thanks to the Chief Kayumba's introduction, our team was warmly welcomed by the populations. The villagers received a formation on the manufacturing of bricks made of dung and chilli that will be set on fire. Smokes filled with...

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BAK observes elephants in the North of the Lufira
date : 26/12/2008
 
  On the 26th of December, BAK organised a flying over the Lower Lufira to look for the herd of elephants observed the year before in the region.
We are happy to be able to confirm the presence of this herd in the Kayumba chieftainship where they benefit from the population's protection....

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Large mammals' census in the protected areas of Katanga
date : 09/09/2008
 
  The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) organises, from September 15th, a large mammals' census in the protected areas of Katanga. BAK decided to bring its technical and logistic expertise to this evaluation that will allow to make an inventory of the biodiversity of these regions. The results of this survey will...

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A representative of the Zoological Society of Frankfurt at the Upemba
date : 04/08/2008
 
  Mr. Rob Muir from the Zoological Society of Frankfurt led an evaluation mission in the Upemba National Park. This scientist came to estimate the possibility for his organisation to get involved in the rehabilitation of this National Park. Even though he was impressed by the beauty of the landscapes, Mr...

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One of BAK's in the region of Mondwe
date : 08/07/2008
 
  From the 16th of June till the 4th of July, an itinerant team consisting of two representatives of BAK and accompanied by an agent from the Provincial Ministry of the Environment, went in the region of Mondwe on the Lufira, at the northern limit of the Upemba National Park. This...

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Kind appeal for assistance
date : 05/05/2008
 
  We are relaying an appeal for assistance issued by an american scientist who studies african mammals. Inhabitants of Katanga who are in possession of photos of the fauna of our province are solicited.


A kind appeal for assistance
We are searching for assistance on data collection, regarding an ongoing study devoted...

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BAK delivers a radiotransmitter at Mondwe-Kasenga
date : 03/05/2008
 
  The executive director of BAK went on this day in the village of Mondwe-Kasenga on the Lufira. This village is particularly subjected to frequent elephants' incursions. BAK officially handed over a radiotransmitter and its supply by solar pannels to the natables, with the presence of the group chief's wife. This...

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Return of the BAK's team from the elephants' region
date : 30/04/2008
 
  The investigators that BAK sent on the field to record the damages committed by the elephants came back from their trip that lasted for over a month.
They brought, beyond photos and GPS coordinates, informations on the elephants as well as grievances from the populations who are undergoing depredations caused by...

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A student from the ULB studies the rate of extinction of the copper-bearing flora of Katanga
date : 30/04/2008
 
  BAK financed the stay of a student from the ULB. He studies the copper-bearing endemic flora's extinction previsions depending on the mining exploitation. ...

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Brief visit to Katwe and Lusinga
date : 29/04/2008
 
  BAK briefly visited to the stations of Katwe in The Kundelungu National Park and of Lusinga in the Upemba Natinal Park. The aim of this trip was to show the protected areas of Katanga to Dr José Kalpers, the Programme Manager of African Parks. This organisation, who has already taken...

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Humans-elephants conflicts
date : 18/04/2008
 
  On the 18th of April, a representative of BAK had a meeting with some of the responsibles of the International Fund for Animal Welfare organisation (IFAW-EU). At this meeting, the problem of conservation of the elephants of Katanga came up.
IFAW-EU committed itself to support BAK. In a few days,...

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Botanical training
date : 16/04/2008
 
  On the 14-15-16th of April, the agronomy faculty on the UNILU (University of Lubumbashi) organised, in collaboration with BAK, a botanical and plant ecology initiation fieldtrip. This fieldtrip brought together students and assistants at the Mikembo Sanctuary. Its aim was to form students interested in botany on field methodology to...

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Memorandum of Understanding between the ICCN and BAK
date : 04/04/2008
 
  BAK ASBL signed a memorandum of understanding with the Congolese Institute for the Conservation of Nature (ICCN). This future partnership foresees that BAK will get involved in an important way in the management of the Protected Areas of Katanga. This memorandum, signed for the ICCN by the President of the...

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Collaboration between BAK and the UNILU
date : 30/03/2008
 
  The Echosud magazine presents works done by the UNILU's agronomy faculty aiming to save metalliferous sites' endemic floral species from extinction. ...

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BAK's Ordinary General Meeting
date : 28/03/2008
 
  On the 28th of March, BAK held its ordinary General Meeting. It was decided to confer the title of Honorary members to the following personalities:
* His Excellency Mister José Endundo, Minister of the Environment, Nature Conservation and Tourism of the Democratic Republic of Congo
* His Excellency Mister Moïse Katumbi Mwanke,...

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Support from BAK to Congolese students
date : 28/02/2008
 
  Loyal to its vocation to support any initiative that has a positive impact on the conservation of the biodiversity of Katanga, BAK decided to support two students from the university of Lubumbashi holding a 'DEA' (equivalent of master degree) in Plant Biology and Environment, and involved in research work to...

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In search of the creators of the Upemba Park
date : 27/12/2007
 
  After almost a year of work, our itinerant team has completed its tour of the Upemba Park. The objective was to present the waterside populations of the national park with photos of the Congolese people who took part in the creation of the Upemba Park and in the scientific explorative...

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Reintroduction of animals in Katanga
date : 07/11/2007
 
  On the 7th of November, BAK had the privilege to witness the reintroduction of wild animals in a private ranch situated in the neighbourhood of Lubumbashi.
This initiative completely meets the aims of our association and we really want to congratulate his promoter. We are proud to count this real friend...

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The elephants of the Upemba
date : 13/10/2007
 
  On the 13th of October, BAK flew over the region of the Upemba Park in search of some elephants that were reported in July.
We are happy to announce that we found a big herd containing over 80 elephants. This herd included numerous calves, which make us hope that these animals...

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Limits of the Kundelungu Park
date : 06/10/2007
 
  As part of the project BAK to realize a precise cartography of the protected areas of Katanga, a team went in the field in order to layout the road bounding the southeast limit of the Kundelungu national park....

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Visit of BAK at Kayo and at Kiantapo
date : 24/09/2007
 
  On the 17th and 18th of September, a delegation of BAK went to the southern sector of the Upemba National Park. In Kayo, contacts were made with the curator. The delegation, accompanied by a guide kindly provided by the Administrator of Lubudi territory, also visited the cave of Kiantapo...

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News about the Kundelungu National Park
date : 19/09/2007
 
  From the 10th till the 16th of September a delegation of BAK visited the Kundelungu National Park. The neglected state of the roads forced to us to mark out the track leading towards the falls of Lutshipuka and Masanza again. The track of Lofoi remains passable, but the big central...

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BAk's mission on the road between Kienge and Konko
date : 21/08/2007
 
  From the 16th to the 20th of August, BAK did a cartography mission on the road between Kienge and Konko.
This village, situated almost right below the Lofoï fall, is one of the points defining the limits of the Kundelungu National Park.
This trip allowed us to collect data needed by...

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BAK's mission at Kiubo and surroundings
date : 25/07/2007
 
  From the 18th till the 22d of July one of our teams went to Kiubo. The mission consisted of two main sections. The recording of geographical data necessary for the establishment of the map of Katanga’s protected areas, and the presentation in the villages of photos dating from the end...

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First pictures of elephants in Katanga in many years
date : 04/07/2007
 
  Today, we received some pictures of elephants that were taken at the limit of the Upemba Park. BAK had handed out a digital camera to the agents participating in the expulsion of these elephants raving in inhabited zones and damaging the cultures.
We are waiting for the CICN (Congolese Institution for...

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Meeting with the provincial minister of the environment
date : 23/05/2007
 
  On Wednesday, 23d of May, a representative of BAK had the privilege to attend a dinner offered by the Minister of the Environment, Misses Thérèse LUKENGE KAPWIBWE MWENZE.
The Minister gave a speech in which she revealed her working program. During a conversation with the Minister, the representative of BAK thanked...

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Biodiversity and development
date : 04/05/2007
 
  A delegation of BAK ASBL participated in an informative session which was held on Friday the 4th of May, from 9 am till 5 pm in the Royal Institute of the Natural sciences of Belgium, Street Vautier 29, 1000 Brussels.
The subject of the day was:
‘Biodiversity, the essential partner...

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Visit of the Mikembo project
date : 13/04/2007
 
  BAK organised a visit of the ecological project "Mikembo". The director of the MRAC, his family as well as Misses Decadt, adviser of the Minister of the Belgian federal scientific politics, participated to this visit.
These personalities appreciated the results that were already obtained.
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Inauguration at the Museum of Lubumbashi
date : 11/04/2007
 
  The exhibition "Nature et Culture" which has already taken place in Paris and at Tervuren, was inaugurated at the National Museum of Lubumbashi.
The general manager of the National Institute of the Museums of Congo, the deputy mayor of the city of Lubumbashi, the director of the MRAC as well as...

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Visit at the BAK's office
date : 03/04/2007
 
  Els Cornelissen, the organiser of the exhibition "Nature et Culture” and the head of the paleontology department at the MRAC, visited the BAK office....

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The governor of Katanga receives a delegation of BAK
date : 19/03/2007
 
  The Governor of the province of Katanga, Mr. Moses Katumbi, received a delegation of BAK ASBL.
This high authority of the state approved the orientations of our organization and deeply encouraged us....

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Honorary members
date : 16/03/2007
 
  The board of directors chose a list of personalities to whom BAK ASBL proposed the honorary membership
Have favorably answered to our request (in alphabetical order):
Guido GRYSEELS, Director of the « Musée royal de l’Afrique Centrale (MRAC) » in Tervuren, Belgium
Jean-pierre d’HUART, Conservation Consultancy Services SPRL ...

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Radio transmitters for the customary leaders
date : 14/03/2007
 
  After a meeting with the customary leaders whose lands are situated at the northern limit of the Upemba Park it was decided to equip two chieftainships with radio transmitter. The BAK office will be also equipped with one of these devices. This equipment -financed thanks to an IFAW-EU donation- will...

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Visit at the UNILU
date : 09/02/2007
 
  A delegation of BAK who was invited by Professor Ngongo, dean of the agronomy faculty, visited the laboratory of cartography on the Lubumbashi campus.
We agreed on a collaboration for the cartography project of the protected areas of Katanga which BAK intends to realize in association with the MRAC of Tervuren...

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General Meeting of BAK ASBL
date : 09/02/2007
 
  The General Meeting of BAK ASBL was held on this day in the presence of the founder members. The statutes were adopted.
The General Meeting was followed by the first Board of directors....

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Conservation amidst the turmoil of war in the Democratic Republic of Congo
date : 16/07/2002
 
  CONSERVATION AMIDST THE TURMOIL OF WAR IN THE DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO
Society for Conservation Biology
16th Annual Meeting
The University of Kent at Canterbury
Co-Hosted by Durrell Institute of Conservaiton and Ecology (DICE)
and British Ecological Society
Paper presented by
Dr. Jo Thompson, Director (Lukuru Wildlife Research Project)
and Mr. Michel Hasson (Nouvelles Approches)
16 July 2002
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DRC Parks Emergency Relief Mission
date : 15/08/2000
 
  « DRC Parks Relief Mission »
« Ape Alliance » , « Lukuru Wildlife Research Project » , « Nouvelles Approches a.s.b.l. »
Rapport de la Mission au Katanga
Parcs Nationaux
UPEMBA & KUNDELUNGU
National Parks
Report from the Delivery Trip in Katanga
Jo Thompson & Michel Hasson
August 2000
DRC Parks Relief Mission
Trip report for August...

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Sauvons les Parcs Nationaux du Katanga
date : 16/07/1999
 
  par le Professeur J.-J. Symoens (V.U.B.)

Au moment où le nombre des habitants du Congo augmente rapidement, il est inévitable que, pour satisfaire les besoins d'une population toujours plus nombreuse, la demande de terres s'accroisse, que les champs et...

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Voyage au Parc National de l’Upemba
date : 15/08/1997
 
  Voyage au Parc National de l’Upemba
(août 1997)
Ayant depuis peu participé à la création d’une a.s.b.l. dont le but est de promouvoir la Conservation de la Nature, je décidais de passer mes vacances au Katanga. Je voulais y visiter les Parcs Nationaux que je connaissais bien, pour y évaluer la situation...

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Conservation et réhabilitation des parcs nationaux des Kundelungu et de l'Upemba
date : 01/03/1991
 
  CONSERVATION ET REHABILITATION DES PARCS NATIONAUX


DES KUNDELUNGU ET DE L'UPEMBA (SHABA, ZAIRE)





















J.P.d'Huart, Dr.Sc.
Mars 1991.











Rapport d'une mission d'évaluation
dans le cadre du Projet 660-0125/GASPP de l'USAID



Document de base pour une requête de la République du Zaïre en vue d'un projet d'appui de la Commisssion des Communautés Européennes



RESUME




1. Ce document rappelle l'extrême diversité...

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