Themes of the conference

Climate change and biodiversity

I.A. Environmental and biophysical controls on tropical forest biogeochemistry

I.B. Past and future climat change in Africa


Biodiversity and ecological inventory of the Congo basin

II.A. Fauna of the Congo Basin

II.B. Flora of the Congo basin

Biodiversity and sustainable development

III.A. Ichthyology, aquaculture and fisheries

III.B. Non- timber forest products (including bush meat)

III.C. Ecosystem services

II.D. Community forestry


IV.A. The challenges of conservation (juridical and political aspects,..)

IV.B. In situ and ex situ conservation

Keynote Speakers

  1. Climate change and biodiversity: Charles DOUMENGE (confirmed) – scientist at CIRAD
  2. Biodiversity and sustainable development: Andrew WARDELL (confirmed) - Research Director of the Forests and Governance Program (GOV), CIFOR
  3. Conservation: John HART (confirmed) - Scientific Director, Lukuru Wildlife Research Foundation, Democratic Republic of the Congo
  4. Amazon-Congo Bassin : Phillip M. FEARNSIDE (confirmed) - Research Professor in the Department of Ecology at the National Institute for Research in the Amazon (INPA), Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil

Programme oral presentations    Poster programme     Programme Overview



Provincial Reports will be presented on day 1: for the redaction of these regional reports, provincial teams have been composed. The representatives of the 11 teams will meet during the pre-conference (21-22 January, 2014) to harmonize their reports. Translated versions (French, English) will be available.  Download the State of Play of the biodiversity in the DR Congo 2014.


Oral sessions on day 2 and 3 will consist of  talks of 10 min + 5 min discussion. For smooth transitions, speakers are requested to provide the session’s chairman with their presentation no later than during the break before the session. The speakers should present the general context of their subject and avoid being too technical. Each presentation should preferably end with one or more pertinent questions addressing the voids in knowledge/problems/essential ideas in the subject’s domain. Download the Abstract Book.


Please bring your printed poster to the meeting. The dimension of the poster is A0 size (841 mm X 1189 mm), portrait orientation. A poster is composed of (not too much) text to explain the objective, method and results of the research accompanied with illustrative graphs and figures. The presence of the authors is expected during the poster session in which their poster is programmed. Fixing material will be available for poster hanging.


Presentations can be given in English or French. If your slides are in French you are requested to present in English and vice versa. Session chairs can provide help with translations (see time table for deadline!).


Abstract Book

The abstract book will contain the abstracts of all oral and poster presentations, the text of the keynote presentations and the provincial reports. It will be distributed at the conference and will be made accessible online.