Bonobo Conservation Initiative (BCI)


Mission Statement

The Bonobo Conservation Initiative (BCI) is a non-profit organization based in Washington, D.C. and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Our mission is to protect bonobos, preserve their tropical rainforest habitat, and empower local communities in the Congo Basin. BCI is the only international organization solely dedicated to protecting wild bonobos and their rainforest habitat. Together with Congolese communities and organizations, the DRC government, and international partners, BCI is implementing innovative solutions to address the complex problem of bonobo conservation.


BCI’s guiding vision is the Bonobo Peace Forest, a connected network of community-managed reserves where both bonobos and their human neighbors can thrive. Our approach to conservation is fueled by the belief that local leadership is the path to effective and enduring conservation. Inspired by the collaborative and cooperative nature of bonobos, BCI developed the Bonobo Peace Forest concept in partnership with Congolese organizations and communities. The Peace Forest addresses conservation and humanitarian needs simultaneously. Local communities take the lead in conservation efforts and benefit from livelihood programs including healthcare, education, income opportunities, and more. Large areas of rainforest are shielded from logging, mining, and other threats, while bonobos can roam freely within a protected habitat corridor.

Program Details

The Congo Rainforest is an integrated, harmonious ecosystem. The only way to save it is to adopt an integrated, harmonious conservation approach, one that ensures the wellbeing of the forest and all its inhabitants. The Bonobo Peace Forest does not simply address the symptom of bonobo population decline; rather, it addresses the underlying ecological and human forces that shape the bonobos’ destiny.
The Bonobo Peace Forest is the guiding vision of BCI and our local partners: a connected network of community-based reserves, supported by sustainable development. All of the sites and sites-in-development where BCI and partners work are part of the Peace Forest. The Peace Forest provides protection for bonobos and other species in the Congo rainforest, while at the same time ensuring a better life for the people who share this precious land. Peace Forest communities are united in their goal to secure the future of their forests and the bonobos that live there. Since 2001, the Peace Forest concept has evolved organically, driven primarily by Congolese community interests, from the grassroots level to the national leadership. Today, the Peace Forest covers more than 9 million acres ( 50,000 square miles) of land. We are well on our way to making this vision a reality.
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