Where is the Centre de Surveillance de la Biodiversité located?
The CSB is located at the university of Kisangani's campus of the faculty of Science and Agriculture. Kisangani is the capital of the Province Oriental and is situated in the hart of the equatorial forest.
What does the CSB do?
The 35 members of the CSB’s scientific and technical staff closely monitor the flora, fauna, and water quality of the Congo river and its adjacent forests. Thanks to their contacts in other regions of the Congo, they can gather data on the biodiversity of the entire country. They will operate as part of a larger national and international network, placing their work in a wider multidisciplinary context (Biodiversity and conservation genetics research in Central Africa: new approaches and avenues for international collaboration). The team benefits from a tremendous amount of field expertise and includes, among others, a legal expert and several communication specialists. It also cooperates with other university faculties (UNIKIS). The administration and department heads have been involved for years in the conservation and environmental management of Kisangani's surroundings (Masoko, Yoko, Mbiye island, etc.), and, through their own NGO, in the development of sustainable survival strategies for local populations who are entirely dependent on the forest and the waters. Their vision on conservation and sustainable development is a major thread in the CSB’s activities.
How is the CSB organised?
While its premises are found on the University of Kisangani's grounds, CSB is an autonomous institution with its own management body. It is run by a management committee comprising a director, vice-director, and department heads. CSB is monitored by a council composed of representatives from Congolese and foreign institutions and NGO's.
The CSB is organised as follows:
With whom does the CSB work?
Graduates of the faculty of sciences, which has close ties to the CSB, occupy top positions in several organisations and institutions:
ICCN, WWF, WCS, ERAIFT, Réserve de Koko-Lopori, Landscape Koko-Lopori,Université de Kasugho, ISEAV- Aru, Université officielle de Ruwenzori, Université de Bunia, ISP Bunia, Sanctuaire des Bonobos, Université de Goma, Université de Kindu, Université officielle de Bukavu, les ISP de Kisangani, ING Kinshasa, IFA Yangambi, INERA, Université de Kinshasa (UNIKIN), Université de Lubumbashi (UNILU), ISEA Bengamisa, Jardin Botanique de Eala, ISEA Lokombe, Université de Mbuji-Mayi, Université de Kananga, Université de Uele,CRNS Lwiro, Ministère d’Environnement, Conservation, Nature et Tourisme, IPS Goma, OCEAN, Point Focale National GHM, MAB Yangambi,…
The CSB/Faculty of Sciences was an organiser of the 2009 and 2010 Congo river expeditions. The intense collaboration that took place between Congolese researchers and the international team generated a large number of contacts and partnerships. Moreover, the Belgian Federal Science Policy Office (BELSPO) and the Vlaamse Interuniversitaire Raad – Ontwikkelingssamenwerking (VLIR-UOS) are funding new research and capacity-building projects. Thanks to these activities, the CSB/UNIKIS has partners in the following institutions and universities:
The Royal Museum for Central Africa, Belgium; the Royal Belgian Institute for Natural Sciences; the National Botanic Garden of Belgium; Flemish and Walloon universities (Antwerpen, Leuven, Gent, Hasselt, Luik, Brussels, …); National Museum - Bloemfontein, South-Afrika; Statens Naturhistoriske Museum, Copenhagen, Denmark; ICIPE, Nairobi, Kenya; National University of Singapore; University of Davis, CA; other international organisations and institutions: USAID, Global Viral Forecasting Initiative,…
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