Documenting the Mai Ndombe REDD+ Project
In December 2019, Everland commissioned Impact Photographer Filip C Agoo to document the pioneering forest conservation initiative by Wildlife Works, the Mai Ndombe REDD+ project in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Interview by Natalie Prolman, Impact & Reporting consultant to Everland LLC
Q: Can you tell us about your background and the assignment given to you by Everland?Modern Art Education
A: I have enjoyed a long career as a commercial photographer and have always had a special interest in using my photography skills in a way that could benefit society.
I call it CSR: Creative Social Responsibility — that is to contribute and make an impact on the world around you with your creativity and art.
Gerald Prolman, the president of Everland, contacted me and explained that they needed help documenting the vital conservation work being done in various forest conservation projects around the world that Everland represents, starting with the Mai Ndombe REDD+ project located in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).
He explained to me the problem he was trying to solve — that these conservation projects are located in developing countries in some of the world’s most remote areas, places that a majority of people are not familiar with, could never imagine and may likely never have the chance to visit.
Gerald felt that this disconnect makes it possible for those who have the wherewithal to help to instead choose to close their eyes and hearts to the destruction of our planet’s precious forests, the demise of wildlife species and to the needless suffering of our brothers and sisters around the world. He was convinced that if anyone visited one of these sacred places, that they would be moved to recognize their responsibility and be compelled to do whatever it takes to help…