The Guardian – ‘We know we may be killed’: The Rangers Risking their Lives for Virunga’s Gorillas

The huge national park in the Democratic Republic of Congo is one of the most dangerous conservation projects in the world. But thanks to the efforts of a committed force of rangers, populations of endangered species are recovering and locals say the park offers hope for the whole region. Jason Burke in Virunga national park,… Read More

Difficult Times for Virunga and its Hydropower Plants: Time to Get the Facts Right !

Virunga National Park is under threat and witnessing an increase in attacks and misinformation around its development projects in North Kivu. Everything started a few months ago with recurrent militia attacks in and around the construction site of its third Hydropower plant of 12,8 MW close to Lubero. Making it very difficult for the park… Read More

Dian Fossey: Secrets in the Mists, a Story about an Intrepid Gorilla Conservationist in the Virunga Mountains

Secrets in the Mist offers an intimate account of the life and legacy of the iconic primatologist Dr Dian Fossey, 32 years after her vicious murder. Under the watchful assistance of the late anthropologist Dr Louis Leakey and sponsorship by National Geographic, Dian Fossey (1932-85) set forth to explore and study the endangered mountain gorillas… Read More

Virunga, the wild park with fire in its soul: Come Visit!

On the edge of the DRC is a place where nature puts on such a show, it ignites passions in rangers and visitors beyond compare. Welcome to Virunga National Park, home to more species of wildlife than any other reserve in Africa. by Scott Ramsay  ‘You’re still alive!’ laughed Daniel Hanamali, our local guide. We’d… Read More

Creating a Movement of Resistance – part I : Building Trust and Understanding between Pygmy Peoples and Virunga Rangers

Marginalised for decades, Pygmy peoples are fighting for recognition and land rights. Even the term ‘pygmy’ is laced with historical racism and prejudice; they are not treated as equal citizens in their home country. At the heart of pygmy culture is their forest, central to their spiritual beliefs, and ancestral heritage it is also their source… Read More

Virunga for Dummies: All What you Wanted to Know about Africa’s Oldest National Park

Virunga National Park was created in 1925, contained within 790,000 hectares the greatest biological diversity of any park in Africa: from steppes, savannas and lava plains, swamps, lowland and montane forests to volcanoes and the unique giant herbs and snowfields of Rwenzori over 5,000m high. Thousands of hippopotamuses lived in its rivers, its mountains are a… Read More

IUCN Recognises Exceptional People Protecting Natural World Heritage: Vote for Virunga Heroes

Bantu Lukambo and Josué Kambasu Mukura have risked their lives while working to protect Virunga National Park, which is exposed to many threats including extractive activities, poaching and armed conflict. Engaging with local communities, they strive to demonstrate the huge potential of the park as a sustainable way out of poverty. Virunga National Park, Democratic… Read More

Empowering Women for a more Inclusive and Sustainable Conservation in Virunga

This short video and testimonies of Virunga’s Women show how the Virunga Alliance, with its four pillars Tourism, Agro Industry, Sustainable Fisheries and Renewable Energy, is enhancing women’s engagement and empowerment through the creation of equal opportunities for men and women and contributing to sustainable peace building outcomes in DR-Congo. Women Empowerment refers to the… Read More

Conserving Virunga For and With Congolese is the most Challenging Job in Conservation

The following excerpt is based on an old ‘revised’ guest blog by Esther Marijnen, Blaise Muhire and Judith Vermeijden. It looks into the challenges of conservation amidst conflict, violence and poverty in Eastern DRC and more particularly within and around Virunga National Park. It reminds us an important lesson about conservation: Conserving Virunga For and With Congolese… Read More

Ahead of COP21: Conservation Alone is not Enough for Virunga

Ahead of the COP21 , this was in 2007, Dr Richard Leakey argued that conservation alone could not save threatened species such as the mountain gorilla. He called for action on humans’ needs as well, and the fight against global warming. JULY 2007 “Millions of people were horrified by the recent slaughter of mountain gorillas that dominated… Read More

Oil Exploration in Virunga: a Fisherman’s tale, in which team are you?

Oil exploitation in Virunga’s block V is similar to the final of an important soccer game between the government with its petroleum allies, and the local communities that depend on inexhaustible natural resources and their supporters, civil society organizations working on the protection of the environment. Both teams have been trained to use the legal instruments that are at… Read More

Exploitation du Pétrole dans le Parc des Virunga: Etes-vous de quels camps ?

Le dossier de l’exploitation du pétrole dans le bloc V du Rift Albertin je le considere comme un match final de footbal opposant d’une part le gouvernement avec ses alliés les pétroliers et d’autres part la communauté locale dépendante des ressources naturelles inépuisables avec leurs alliées les Organisations de la protection de l’environnement et de… Read More