SYGIAP: integrated management system for the protected areas

The total lack of available recent cartography and reliable geographic information for all World Heritage sites at DR Congo was an enormous problem for conservation planning and implementation. It was extremely difficult for park rangers as well as for the Institut Congolais pour la Conservation de la Nature (ICCN) to manage these large areas (about 60 000 square km) without any forms of cartography. A partnership between two Belgian universities (UGent and UCL), ICCN, UNESCO and other international partners (see partners below) and with financial contribution of Belspo, made it possible to obtain from satellite images and field work accurate geographical data in a GIS (SYGIAP) and printed maps for the World Heritage sites known as Virunga, Kahuzi-Biega, Salonga, Okapi and Garamba.

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