Humphrey Fellowship Alumnus Earns Impact Award for Education and Anti-Poaching Work
UC Davis Humphrey Fellowship alumnus Fabrice Inkonkoy (Democratic Republic of the Congo, 2019-20) was recently honored with a Humphrey Fellowship Program Alumni Impact Award. He is being recognized for his work in developing anti-poaching protocols in the Luki Biosphere Reserve, the home of the last population of Central African Chimpanzees, in addition to other native animals. Inkonkoy’s project aims to have a lasting impact on an ecosystem threatened by poaching, deforestation and illegal logging pressures in his home country, the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
The Luki Biosphere Reserve was created in 1937. Today, 85 years later, after several years of poaching and illegal wildlife trade, this critical ecosystem is under threat. The chimpanzees, western lowland gorillas, African forest elephants and Mayombe vegetation are at risk.
Inkonkoy’s NGO, the Sustainable Congo Biodiversity Initiative (SCBI), will support the Luki Biosphere Reserve as it implements anti-poaching tactics. Working with SCBI, the Luki Biosphere Reserve will use a Spatial Monitoring and Reporting Tool (SMART).
“SMART is a combination of software and training materials that provides protected area authorities and the community with the ability to empower staff, boost motivation, increase efficiency and promote credible and transparent monitoring of the effectiveness of anti-poaching efforts,” said Inkonkoy of the project.
In addition to monitoring, the project also encompasses the core element of community awareness. Inkonkoy and SCBI intend to raise awareness about the benefits of the reserve, educate the public and prepare them to address poaching and illegal logging.
Since 1986, UC Davis has hosted 33 cohorts of Humphrey fellows, each pursuing opportunities to connect with our campus and community as they contribute to a greater understanding of agricultural, conservation and environmental issues affecting our world, and assist professionals with the knowledge and best practices to apply in their field. UC Davis ranks first in the U.S. for sustainability according to the GreenMetric World University Rankings and ranks among the top 15 universities globally in environmental sciences.
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About the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program
An initiative of the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs, the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program was founded in 1978 by President Jimmy Carter to honor the late senator and vice president, Hubert H. Humphrey, an advocate of international connections and understanding.