加布里爾向剛果環境部長波農戈（José Endundo Bononge）建議道，新設立的保護區可與新全球「生活網絡倡議」（LifeWeb Initiative）相結合。此倡議的目標在於藉由提升全球夥伴關係，輔助生物多樣性會議（Convention on Biological Diversity, CBD）之保護區工作計劃的執行；而作用則是對於自願承諾將新設置保育區，和加強當前保護區內永續經營的國家，提供資金上的援助。
熱帶雨林信託執行主任波殷頓（Scott Poynton）指出，與剛果木材產業公司的夥伴關係只是鳴槍起跑，「剛果盆地內的森林破壞情形持續拉警報，我們必需尋思新的機制來對應」。有鑑於此，信託正計劃推展「剛果盆地森林社會卓越中心」（the Centre of Social Excellence for the Forests of the Congo Basin）。這項計劃的重點將著眼於增進林業公司與原住民部落之間的相識共生，並透過提供中非的大學畢業生另類就業機會，擔任森林管理專家，以鼓勵民間與企業的對話和森林保育的永續性。
The government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo today announced plans to designate at least 50,190 square miles of the Earth's second largest rainforest region as new protected areas. At present, nine percent of country, corresponding to 8,494 square miles, is conserved in various categories of protected areas.
"I was deeply impressed by the decision of the Democratic Republic of the Congo to conserve its forest resources by establishing new protected areas, while at the same time ensuring sustainable use by the inhabitants," German Federal Environment Minister Sigmar Gabriel said. "This will benefit not only the Democratic Republic of the Congo, but also the international community, for protecting the country's vast forests with their enormous carbon stocks helps to mitigate climate change and conserve the wealth of this forest biodiversity."
The German minister suggested to Congolese Minister José Endundo Bononge that the new protected areas be incorporated into the new global LifeWeb Initiative. The initiative aims to support the implementation of the Convention on Biological Diversity, CBD, Program of Work on Protected Areas through enhancing partnerships at a global level. The initiative will match voluntary commitments for the designation of new protected areas and the improved management of existing areas with commitments for dedicated financing of these areas.
Five of the Democratic Republic of the Congo's national parks are listed as World Heritage Site. All five sites are listed by UNESCO as World Heritage In Danger. From 1998 to 2003, the country suffered from the devastating Second Congo War. The civil war and resulting poor economic conditions have endangered much of this biodiversity. Most park wardens were either killed or could not afford to continue their work.
Elsewhere in the Congo Basin today, the timber company and the Tropical Forest Trust, TFT, announced that the company has more than doubled the amount of certified rainforest it operates in the Congo Basin, creating the world's largest tract of contiguous certified tropical forest.
One of the innovative techniques developed during this partnership is participatory mapping. Using icon-based Global Positioning System, or GPS, units designed for non-literate people, the semi-nomadic Pygmies living within the forest concession walk through their forest and locate resources or areas of significance. This data forms the basis for resource maps, which bridge the communication gap between the people in the forest and the forest company and enable a fair negotiation.
The partnership with Congolaise Industrielle des Bois is just the start, said Scott Poynton, TFT's executive director. "Forest destruction in the Congo Basin continues at an alarming rate and we need to find new mechanisms for scaling up." To accomplish this, the Trust is launching the Centre of Social Excellence for the Forests of the Congo Basin. This new project will focus on improving the understanding and linkages between forestry companies and indigenous communities. It will encourage dialogue and sustainability by offering recent graduates of central African universities opportunities to become experts in forest management.