In 2008 WCS undertook a socioeconomic survey of the communities living around the Kabobo massif which showed that most of the people interviewed were in favour of creating a protected area. More recently, in order to grant access to forest resources to the local communities living along the boundaries of the protected area, seems that the establishment of a National Reserve could be the next step forward. In 2015, DRC government decentralization resulted in the creation of multiple new provinces, and the area originally proposed as National Park was suddenly contained within two provinces. Because of this division, local leaders and communities opted to establish the section of the proposed park in South Kivu Province as the M’Mbondo Reserve. On August 3, 2016, the Governor of South Kivu designated this protected area, whose name was changed to the Ngandja Natural Reserve to reflect the local culture and heritage of the region. On December 21, 2016, the second section of the proposed park located in Tanganyika Province was declared as Kabobo Natural Reserve, completing the priority protected area complex. Now the various protected areas are manged separately and their combination into a larger, comprehensive, protected area would facilitate and make more efficient its management.