Project profile — Support to Natural Resource Management Training


Université Laval (CA-CRA_ACR-3119278950)
2008-08-19 - 2014-03-24
Global Affairs Canada
WGM Africa

Country / region 

• South of Sahara, regional (100.00%)


• Agricultural education/training:
Agricultural education/training (31181) (15.00%)
Agricultural research (31182) (5.00%)
• Forestry education/training:
Forestry education/training (31281) (65.00%)
Forestry research (31282) (10.00%)
• General Environmental Protection: Environmental education/training (41081) (5.00%)

Policy marker 

• Gender equality (significant objective)
• Environmental sustainability (cross-cutting) (significant objective)
• Participatory development and good governance (not targeted)
• Trade development (not targeted)
• Biodiversity (not targeted)
• Climate change mitigation (not targeted)
• Climate Change Adaptation (not targeted)
• Urban issues (not targeted)
• Desertification (not targeted)
• Children's issues (not targeted)
• Youth Issues (not targeted)
• Indigenous Issues (not targeted)
• Disability (not targeted)
• ICT as a tool for development (not targeted)


This project aims to strengthen institutional and technical capacities of training institutions (universities and colleges) in three Central African countries so they can become regional centers of excellence in sustainable management of natural resources. Natural resources constitute an important source of revenue for most states in Central Africa and are critical for local populations that depend on them for their livelihood. To ensure the sustainable management of natural resources, governments, private sector companies and NGOs require specific competencies which are currently lacking in the region, especially in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). This project aims to help fill the gap through activities such as program reviews, training the trainer programs and regional consultations, and by emphasizing South-South cooperation.

Expected results 


Results achieved 

Results achieved as of March 2014 include the following: (i) 11 candidates are completing their doctoral studies, helping to ensure university-level education will be available for future forestry engineers in the DRC, Gabon, and Cameroon. (ii) 103 university forestry engineers and 24 forestry technicians have graduated and are entering the workforce. (iii) 1 university program and 2 technical programs have been developed in the DRC, 2 university programs have been strenghtened in Cameroon and Gabon. (iv) 18 university and technical institutions in 9 Commission des Forêts d'Afrique Centrale member states have developed a larger forestry training program in Central Africa which has strengthened South-South and South-North networking capabilities. (v) 7 partners received lab equipment and the University of Kinshasa Forestry Department’s building was renovated. (vi) The Central African Network of Forestry and Environmental Training Institutions (RIFFEAC - Réseau des institutions de formation forestière et environnementale de l’Afrique centrale) received technical assistance in developing its website, which allows for stronger communications. It has also made available to partner countries courses that have been developed and revised.

Budget and spending 

Original budget $0
Planned disbursement $0
Transaction Date Type Value
14-08-2013 Disbursement $180,027
07-02-2014 Disbursement $115,796
18-02-2014 Disbursement -$115,796
18-02-2014 Disbursement $113,274
Country percentages by sector
Type of finance Aid grant excluding debt reorganisation
Collaboration type Bilateral
Type of aid Other technical assistance
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