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DRC: GEF Project Executive Summary

Excerpt from GEF Project document, Reviewer's Comments at end: "...The Reviewer would like to suggest that in the first few months of the project
implementation the proponent inform the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues onactivities developed to promote Pygmy communities’ livelihoods and access to naturalresources in the Virunga NP. Finally the Reviewer welcome the initiative to fund local NGOs to proactively supportactivities dedicated to promote pygmy communities livelihood.

Response: The task team is grateful for this suggestion. The project will indeed inform the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues on activities developed to promote Pygmy communities’ livelihoods and access to natural resources in the Virunga NP (page 77, Annex 4). As stated in the project document (pages 14 and 77) careful attention will be given to developing activities that will enhance the well being of the pygmies’ community in the Northern Sector of Virunga. The project will not restrict pygmies’ traditional access to natural resources compared to the situation at start of the project. On the contrary, it will help secure indigenous people’s traditional rights to access natural resources for their livelihoods. It will also promote pygmies’ participation in decision-
making and planning processes related to the management of the park as well as jobs; small scale economic activities, and access to basic social services (education, health).

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