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Kokolopori

Kokolopori is a community of 25-35 villages in Djolu Territory of Tshuapa District in Équateur province, Democratic Republic of the Congo.[1][2][3] Kokolopori is an indigenous Congolese community, formerly known as pygmy, which manages a 1,200 square miles (3,100 km2) forest reserve, in the heart of the central African rainforest. The sister city partnership is a program of the international not-for-profit Bonobo Conservation Initiative. These villages are located along the road that borders the Kokolopori Bonobo Reserve,[4] a reserve officially registered in 2009 for bonobos (Pan paniscus). Bonobos are one of the three species of great ape which live in the Democratic Republic of Congo - the others being, chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes) and gorilla (Gorilla gorilla).[5][6]

The population of Kokolopori numbers about 19,000, and is ethnically Mongandu.[1]

Kokolopori has a sister city relationship with Falls Church, Virginia, which was established in 2006.[7] That relationship undertook several projects by 2009:

  • Micro-Enterprise Program, primarily focused on helping women start small businesses.[8][9]
  • Kokolopori Health Clinic, to provide basic health services. This also involved installation of solar panels.[8][9]
  • Support of the Bonobo Conservation Initiative to preserve habitat of bonobos and to create jobs for local people.[8][9]
  • Support for local schools.[9]

References

  1. ^ a b "F.C.'s New Sister City: Just What & Where is Congo's Kokolopori?" Falls Church News-Press, 23–29 February 2006
  2. ^ "Equip 35 Midwives in Remote Congolese Villages," FirstGiving (accessed 5 May 2012)
  3. ^ , N°10 - Septembre-Novembre 2010Ressources Naturelles (Magazine bimestriel du Réseau Ressources Naturelles de la RDC)"La Société civile jette un regard sur la gestion alternative des conflits forestiers," (see section "Conflits dans la Reserve Naturelles de Bonobo de Kokolopori : les communautés locales de Kokolopori exigent une 'enquête indépendante'" on page 13)
  4. ^ "News Briefs: F.C. Resident Visits ‘Sister City’ Kokolopori," Falls Church News-Press, 10–16 January 2008
  5. ^ "Kokolopori Bonobo Reserve is officially recognized by the DRC government!" Bonobo Initiative website (accessed 5 May 2012)
  6. ^ "Congo : les bonobos disposent d’une nouvelle réserve naturelle de protection," Developpementdurable.com, 1 June 2012 (accessed 5 May 2012)
  7. ^ "Kokolopori-Falls Church Sister City Partnership," Falls Church City official site (archived page; accessed 8 May 2012)
  8. ^ a b c "Sister Cities International: Changing Lives in Africa. Falls Church, Virginia – Kokolopori, Democratic Republic of Congo" (information sheet, dated 2/2009)
  9. ^ a b c d "Falls Church and Sister City Support People and Environment in Congo," Falls Church Times, 16 June 2009

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