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Dossier on biodiversity projects in a fragile context

Biodiversity conservation and sustainable management of natural resources

The accusations of human rights violations in nature conservation areas supported by KfW Development Bank since the summer of 2017, especially in the Congo Basin, have been taken very seriously by KfW. KfW repudiates all forms of violence and expresses its sympathy to victims of violence and their families.

Following an incident near the Kahuzi-Biega National Park in eastern DR Congo in August 2017, the Rainforest Foundation UK shared the first reports on incidents in the vicinity of the Salonga National Park with KfW in May 2018. Since then, there have been indications of possible human rights violations in other protected areas. Violent clashes have also occurred recently between rangers, poachers, illegal mine operators and local communities.

KfW immediately called on the state project-executing agencies responsible on the ground and other partners involved, such as the WWF in the case of the Salonga National Park, to clarify all allegations immediately and fully. KfW is engaged in ongoing dialogue with representatives of these institutions and is involved in further developments.