Central African Regional Program for the Environment, United States Agency for International Development, U.S. Department of State
Data Center Description
The USAID Central African Regional Program for the Environment (CARPE) http://carpe.umd.edu/ is a 20-year regional initiative that began in September 1995. CARPE was intended to coordinate work on identifying and establishing the conditions and practices required to reduce deforestation and loss of biological diversity in Central Africa. Its U.S.-based partners work with African NGOs, research and education organizations, government agencies, and private-sector consultants. Through these partners CARPE has engaged a variety of African stakeholders in evaluating threats to forests in Central Africa and identifying opportunities for sustainable forest management.
CARPE began in four countries, the Central African Republic, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon and Republic of Congo. Five other countries were later added: Burundi, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, and Sao Tome & Principe.
After seven years of operation, CARPE is shifting its strategic focus and changing the location of its management functions. In its first phase, CARPE?s partners have focused on increasing our knowledge of Central African forests and biodiversity, and building institutional and human resources capacity. In the next thirteen years, however, CARPE partners aim to apply and implement sustainable natural resources management practices in the field with an added emphasis on the US contribution to the CBFP. CARPE will also improve environmental governance in the region, and strengthen natural resources monitoring capacity.