Following a comprehensive recruitment process, a national facilitator has now been hired to lead implementation of IRI DRC. Révérend Matthieu Yela Bonketo founded and served as Coordinator of “Circle for Defense of the Environment” (CEDEN) for the past 17 years. Since 2018, he also served as Director for the Forest and Climate department of the Protestant Church (ECC) in DRC. He brings nearly two decades of experience in religious and environmental work to the service of IRI. An IRI DRC office is now being set up in the headquarters of the National Episcopal Conference of the Congo (CENCO) and a meeting of the IRI DRC Advisory Council will be convened shortly to adopt a 2021 strategy and action plan.