Our solution to the global challenge
Our planet is experiencing a dramatic decline in global biodiversity due to human impact.
Protected areas have proven a crucial tool to safeguard biodiversity, including socioeconomic benefits. Despite this fact, they face an overall lack of effective management of these protected area.
The increasing demand for energy (fuel wood, charcoal, hydro dams, oil & gas, etc.) and food (agricultural land and animal protein) as well as wildlife products (ivory) and infrastructure development put an increasing pressure on these last wild landscapes.
Responding to these challenges, national authorities, financial partners and NGO’s developed a public-private partnership model for long-term management of protected areas (PA). The daily management of the PA is hereby delegated to an NGO under a joint governance structure (Board) representing the government and the NGO. This model ensures a long-term engagement of NGOs (20 years), which is more attractive to financial investors as well as governments, compared to the more short-term project-oriented approach (3-5 years).
Convinced by this model that has provided clear results so far, the NGO Noé (based in France) sets up its own dedicated Protected Area Management branch, called “Parcs de Noé” (PDN).
Who we are
Created in 2018, Parcs de Noé is a branch of the French NGO Noé. The goal of Parcs de Noé is to contribute to the sustainable management of protected areas through a model of delegated management, involving responsibility and accountability, to safeguard biodiversity, security and local development. Initial support (€ 8.3 million) from the French Development Agency (AFD) and the European Union (EU), allowed to build its structure, to manage and start engaging in Termit Tin-Toumma Nature Reserve. Since then, additional funds have been leveraged and many new financial partnerships are being built to ensure long term financial commitment to protected area management.
A unique partnership
A partnership with African Parks allows to leapfrog certain challenges in Protected Area (PA) Management, benefiting from 20 years of experience in more than 17 protected areas. African Parks support is ensured on different levels through guidance on operations, participation in the boards of protected areas managed by Noé, and a continuous monitoring and evaluation process of the partnership.
Where we work
Today PDN has already been given the mandate to manage the Termit and Tin-Toumma National Nature Reserve in Niger, and has been selected by the government of Chad to manage the Binder-Léré Wildlife Reserve and by the Republic of Congo to manage the Conkouati Douli National Park.
1 – Noé has been active in the Termit Tin-Toumma Nature Reserve, since 2013. After the creation of PDN, the Nigerien government trusted us in November 2018 to manage this huge desert Reserve of 90.000km2 for the next 20 years.
2 – In Chad, PDN cooperates with the government and local communities to convert the heart of the Binder Lere Wildlife Reserve into a National Park and assume its management to safeguard Chad’s last forests. Today, the creation of the National Park has been approved by the authorities and local communities, to be established and operational in 2021.
3 – Following a call for proposals by the Republic of Congo, PDN was selected as manager for the Conkouati-Douli National Park in March 2020. PDN is currently discussing the terms for a long-term agreement for the management of this unique coastal protected area in the heart of Africa.
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Termit Tin-Toumma Reserve
Noé has been active in the Termit Tin-Toumma Nature Reserve, since 2013. After the creation of PDN, the Nigerien government trusted Noé in November 2018 to manage this huge desert Reserve of 90.000km2 for the next 20 years.
Binder Léré Wildlife Reserve
In Chad, PDN cooperates with the government and local communities to convert the heart of the Binder Lere Reserve into a National Park and assume its management. Today, the creation of the National Park has been approved by the authorities and local communities, to be established and operational in 2021.
Conkouati-Douli National Park
Following a call for proposals from the Republic of Congo, PDN was selected as the manager of Conkouati-Douli National Park in March 2020. In April 2021, a partnership was signed between the Republic of Congo and the NGO Noé for the management of this park for a period of 20 years.
Our ambition is to succeed in safeguarding and restore the world’s last wild places, for the animal and plant species living in and around the protected areas and to ensure ecosystem services will provide livelihoods for the human populations depending on them and mitigating global climate change.
By the end of 2021, PDN aims to fully manage the three parks (Termit Tin Toumma in Niger, Binder Lere in Chad and Conkouati-Douli in Congo).
By 2025, PDN’s aims to safeguard at least 5 Protected Areas representing 10 million ha of Africa’s principal ecosystems (biomes); desert (8 M ha), grasslands, savannas and shrublands (1M ha), forests (0,5M ha) and marine and coastal ecosystems (0,5M ha).
This will entail an annual budget of around €10 M and over 500 staff, operating in often remote areas with elevated security risks.
Hence, long term funding and well-equipped and qualified staff, operating in adequate working conditions (infrastructure, communications) will be the main focus to achieve our ambition.
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“Unfortunately, very often, Protected Areas only exist on paper and their future is threatened. It is crucial to protect and defend these public goods, for the common interest. Together with the countries we share the mission to protect this legacy for the world’s future generations.”
Arnaud Greth – Président-Fondateur de Noé
Thanks to Parcs de Noé’s partners!
Republic of Chad
Republic of Congo
Republic of Niger
French Development Agency
International Union for
Conservation of Nature
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