The Immense Potential of Protected Areas: Virunga’s Revival for People and Nature

Virunga National Park, the first national park ever established in Africa, sits on the eastern edge of the Democratic Republic of Congo and is home to one third of the world’s mountain gorillas, more than 700 bird species, and more than 200 mammal species. It also sits in the backyard of thousands of smallholder farmers,… Read More

Virunga: Preserving Africa’s National Parks through People-Centred Development

Home to rare and endangered species, the Congo’s national parks are also sites of human conflict. Without addressing the material drivers behind ecological degradation, conservation risks a losing battle. For Virunga, this was not an option– as Africa’s oldest national park, tackling socio-economic challenges facing local populations was a necessity in preserving its natural heritage.… Read More

Le Congo autorise l’exploration pétrolière aux Virunga !

Billet par: Filip Verbelen Notre plus grande crainte vient d’être vérifiée. J’étais au Congo quand on a appris que les autorités congolaises avaient délivré un certain nombre d’autorisations pour l’exploration des réserves pétrolières dans le parc national des Virunga. Pour tous ceux qui se préoccupent de l’environnement au Congo, c’est pire qu’une baffe en pleine… Read More