In 2005, with training programs disrupted and money in scarce supply, there were just six Congolese forestry researchers – a bleak reality for a country working to improve its forest management.
CIFOR and its partners set out to tackle the issue in 2007, implementing the EU funded projects REAFOR and REFORCO. The projects aimed to strengthen the forestry sector by supporting the training of dozens of Masters and PhD students. CIFOR has since expanded on that success. The FCCC project, led by CIFOR's Andrew Wardell, is making sure DRC has the teaching facilities and research expertise it needs to manage and protect the second largest contiguous area of tropical forests for the long-term benefit of the Congolese people and the world.