The Commission intervenes at two complementary levels to reinforce the security of heritage sites by strengthening sustainable natural resource management and disrupting the illegal trafficking of natural resources. The Commission supports protected areas by reinforcing the capacity of local and national authorities and the involvement of local communities.
The Commission commits more than EUR 100 million annually for conservation worldwide. Although the level of this support varies according to country or region, Commission support has been instrumental in achieving the following results: i) it has improved governance around natural resources and ii) it has enhanced the capacity of national authorities in the planning, design and implementation of policies. At local level, it has helped reduce human-wildlife conflict through an increased participation of communities in wildlife management and conservation.
More specifically, the Commission has been providing support to seven heritage sites in Africa (Dja Faunal Reserve, Lope National Park, Salonga N.P., Nouabalé-Ndoki N.P., Garamba N.P., Virunga N.P., Park W du Niger) for the last 25 years. This continued support includes the management of the protected areas (with law enforcement operations) and the promotion of the economic development of local communities.