Congo Basin Institute
Located in Cameroon, Africa, the Congo Basin Institute (CBI) is a multi-institutional initiative, led by the University of California, Los Angeles and the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA).
Leveraging the resources of local and international universities, industry, and development organizations, the CBI will serve as a regional nexus for interdisciplinary research, education, training and technology development focused on critical issues facing the Congo Basin with implications for both the developing and developed world: climate change and its impacts, water and food security, and human and animal health.
With a green-designed campus as its foundation, the CBI is a unique and scalable model that embodies long-term capacity building, sustainability, and finding practical solutions to critical needs.
This iconic physical infrastructure will provide additional support for CBI’s programmatic activities and promote long-term social and educational development through the construction of: 1) a distance learning center for US and African students, 2) digital data repositories, 3) technical training and equipment repair facility, 4) remote sensing and GIS research and training lab, 5) molecular genetics and analytics lab, 6) platform/technology test bed innovation facility, 7) incubator for start-ups and entrepreneurs, 8) lodging and conference center for an international community of scientists and researchers, and 9) logistics and administrative office to assist and facilitate local partnerships.