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Forgotten Parks Foundation

Protecting Wildlife & Wilderness

aka Forgotten Parks Foundation   |   Dover, FL   |  http://forgottenparks.org

Mission

to enhance the management of ‘forgotten’ National Parks and Protected Areas in partnership with governments and local communities, and to empower people to protect wildlife and wilderness around the world.

Ruling year info

2018

Principal Officer

Robert Muir

Co Principal Officer

Kevin Marriott

Main address

970 Blankenship Rd

Dover, FL 33527 USA

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EIN

82-0935139

Cause area (NTEE code) info

Wildlife Preservation/Protection (D30)

Natural Resource Conservation and Protection (C30)

Protection of Endangered Species (D31)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

In many parts of the world we have lost or are losing biodiversity rich protected areas as they are irreversibly converted to other land uses to meet the needs of growing populations and their escalating resource requirements. Some of these protected areas are present in name only due to a combination of remote inaccessible locations, insecurity, under-valued and under-resourced protected area staff/ authorities. Unchecked and unnoticed, the wildlife in these paper parks is being decimated and the habitat degraded, driven by a $20 billion a year illegal wildlife trade and other forms of commercial extraction. In addition, local residents are often some of the poorest in the world who rely on the protected areas for food, fuelwood and subsistence needs. If action is not taken now, the opportunity to save these protected areas may be lost forever. In response to this challenge The Forgotten Parks Foundation was formed in June 2016.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Upemba National Park

Upemba National Park is one of the oldest national parks of the Democratic Republic of Congo. It was first established in May 1939 on the basis of a Belgian royal decree with an area of ​​1.75 millions hectares because of its high value in biodiversity. It is home to some 1.800 different species, including lions, leopards, elephants, buffalo, and the Katanga impala which is endemic to the park. Upemba is the only national park in DRC with zebra and cheetah populations. The habitat of the park varies from grassland at higher altitudes, through forests, woodlands, to lakes and wetlands at lowest altitudes. Since 1993, its valley of the Lufira, from the fall of Kyubo to the junction with the Congo river at Kitembo, has been designated a UNESCO Biodiversity Reserve due to its a large concentration of mammals, reptiles, batrachians, birds, fish and a vast wetland. The Upemba National Park is confronted with many threats ranging from poaching, illegal settlements and the presence of illegal permits to mining and hydroelectric interests. While the park is lacking technical and financial resources to minimize the threats, rangers are risking their lives to save the last remaining elephant population of Katanga. Parts of Upemba have also been taken over by the Mai Mai groups– a local heavily armed group- and far better equipped than the park staff who have very little equipment or support. In December 2012, Atamato Madrandele, Chief Warden of Upemba National Park, was ambushed and killed by Mai-Mai militia. Since the assassination of Atamato, the Park saw poaching gain momentum. In February 2017 the Forgotten Parks Foundation signed a public, private partnership agreement with the Congolese government to rehabilitate and manage the Upemba national park. Subordinate projects include anti poaching and law enforcement training of the ICCN Ranger force, rehabilitating park infrastructure, wildlife protection and reintroduction of regionally extinct species and endangered wildlife.

Population(s) Served
General/Unspecified

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Charting impact

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

We aim to identify large and globally significant wilderness areas that are struggling to survive and form partnerships with national governments, local communities and experts to rehabilitate, restore and manage the habitat and wildlife and make conservation a driver for a sustainable local wildlife economy and a source of national pride. Our mission: To enhance the management of ‘forgotten’ National Parks and Protected Areas in partnership with governments and local communities, and to empower people to protect wildlife and wilderness around the world. Our vision: A world where national parks, biodiversity and healthy ecosystems are valued and protected, and considered an integral part of the lives and well-being of a global society. Goals: 1. Rehabilitate and secure the wildlife and habitat to healthy ecosystems that provide the goods and services for life 2. To nurture the talent, leadership capacities and capabilities of park staff 3. To support those living in and around protected areas to become the principal leaders and beneficiaries of wildlife and wilderness areas and drivers of sustainable local green economies 4. To protect and support wildlife and bring back species that traditionally roamed these landscapes and defined the ecological systems 5. To inspire the rewilding of ourselves to reconnect with nature as individuals and communities and to nurture our well-being Three elements we feel are important to achieving long-term impact in protected area management and that we seek to address through this action are: • Strong protected area institution: building the long-term institutional competence and capacities to provide the operational platform needed for sustainable growth of conservation and development activities and effective partnership • Funding: solid financial management and delivery to leverage the finance needed to meet the target funds per km2/year needed to effectively develop a protected area • Coordination & accountability: coordinating all protected area activities under a unified planning/ budgeting framework, including through the formation of a joint donor & partner coordination committee. Our values • Pioneering: we seek to find solutions in challenging contexts and we are purposefully optimistic in all we do. • Disciplined: we turn up on time and do what we say. • Respectful: We look after and nurture our staff and treat with respect our colleagues and partners. We strive to create an institutional environment that brings out the best in each of us and champions the responsible stewardship of nature. • Excellence: we strive to embody best practice and recognize that to achieve this we must continuously learn and partner with others.

Our mission is achieved through six primary areas designed to enhance the management effectiveness of National Parks. Management: Establishment of modern management systems in forgotten parks based on international standards. This will include strengthening management systems, strategic land-use planning, park performance monitoring, infrastructure, human resources, administration, accounting, budgeting and communications. We seek to support decision-making and inform policy decision makers at different scales to support long-term biodiversity conservation through protected areas. Protection: Design and implementation of appropriate protection strategies in response to threats and needs. Activities may include: ranger training, operations and deployment, equipment, vehicles and rations, rapid reaction anti-poaching units, intelligence and investigation units, K-9 units, and aerial surveillance capacity. Monitoring, Research and Technology: Development and implementation of a wildlife monitoring program. Where appropriate special projects relating to ecological restoration and species conservation may include wildlife re-introductions, invasive species control, and wildlife habituation. We seek to provide a platform for innovative applied research to characterize the wildlife and social-ecological systems, as well as develop and test tools for assessing trade-offs. We increase capacity, knowledge and understanding of conservation and sustainable use of wildlife and wild places among academics, managers and policy makers. Embracing technology to achieve this. Community Conservation: Establishment of revenue sharing mechanisms and implementation of special development initiatives that improve the livelihoods of local communities and contribute positively to the sustainable development of the region. We particularly target opportunities to be a catalyst for promoting education, well-being and nature-based enterprises. Support the establishment of participatory management processes for the legal and sustainable management of subsistence hunting/fishing in rural areas where bushmeat is an important component of food security, cultural identity or income. Tourism Development: Assessment, design and development of park-based tourism activities, including products, infrastructure, permits, protocols, park fees, best practices, community engagement, and resources management. Sustainable Financing: Development of sustainable financing mechanisms through the creation of partnerships with the private sector, high net-worth individuals, foundations and bi-lateral and multi-lateral donors. Support may include the formation of specific park-based alliances, fundraising initiatives, and the development of a trust fund.

The principles underpinning our approach to identifying and investing in forgotten parks are summarized below: • Globally significant biodiversity values in large wilderness areas. We are focused on identifying those protected areas at risk, which have the potential when rehabilitated to be of international importance. We focus on large areas that will inspire the human spirit and that can provide a refuge for megafauna and support complete ecological processes and ecosystems. • Political legitimacy with a clear long-term mandate. A strong relationship and integration with the national authorities for protected areas is fundamental. Before starting work on the ground we commit to a long-term agreement with the government for devolved management responsibility and an integrated governance structure. We take a leadership role that is embedded in government, reporting directly to the national government authority responsible for the protected area system. Taking on management responsibility makes us fully accountable to the government and to donors for how money is spent and for achieving results. • Partnering with long-term investors. Large protected areas need significant investments over time to create an impact, we seek to engage individuals in the public/ private sector. • Excellence in the basic operational functions. We prioritise establishing the basics well, with expertise in implementing robust and effective administration, finance, communications and logistics systems and the necessary access and operational infrastructures. This provides the platform for all protection, conservation and development activities. • Identify and nurture in-country talent. We proactively work to build the core protected area management teams of national citizens, providing mentoring and training as required. Wherever possible we strengthen and improve the sustainability of our actions by working through local implementing partners. • Partnering with global leaders in their field. We partner with leading institutions and experts from the private/ public sectors and civil society, to develop the conservation area and mentor the core protected area management team. No one organization can deliver all that is required, together we are stronger. • Customised to the unique context. No two places are the same and strategies for rehabilitation and development will build on their unique values and opportunities. For example, some protected areas may focus on wildlife reintroductions and tourism, whilst others on exploration and science. • Field-based and practical. We operate on the ground, with agile and flexible teams that are proactive in problem solving and delivering quality protected area operations.

We seek to achieve conservation impact at Upemba & Kundelungu through sustained investment and growth of management capacity and strategic partnerships, avoiding previous boom/ bust cycles of time-bound technical assistance projects. We will measure our progress using quantitative & qualitative data to provide an indication of program success. Program progress will be realized through the following: • Quantitive data indicating increases in wildlife population indicating progress towards the restoration of historically abundant wildlife populations across a connected and biodiverse landscape (through effective protection and major reintroductions of the large herbivores and carnivores) • Quantitive and qualitative data captured through surveys, interviews and testimonials proving the progression of Upemba & Kundelungu National Parks to be a driver of sustainable natural resource use and socio-economic development (through a landscape-wide primary education program, health-care support and food-security/ revenue generated from the development of nature-based enterprises and tourism).

Development of the Upemba and Kundelungu national park complex protected area management plan. Enhanced security and law enforcement capability within the Upemba and Kundelungu national park complex through the recruitment and training of 50 ICCN park rangers and the procurement of vehicles for effective monitoring and surveillance around the park. Infrastructure development of the park through the refurbishment of several buildings and outposts within the park. Enhanced monitoring and security of the remaining ~200 elephants within the park. Human Wildlife Conflict mitigation plan and community conservation initiative. Provision of technical consultancy and capability to several conservation nonprofit partners throughout subsaharan Africa.

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Keywords

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