Virunga National Park
Virunga National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site located in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Virunga is the continent's most biologically diverse protected area and a national park embarking on an ambitious development programme known as the "Virunga Alliance".
Situated in a region which has been deeply impacted by the effects of war and armed conflict for over 20 years, Virunga is protected by a dedicated tea, of over 600 Rangers. These local men and women go through intensive training, risking their lives on a daily basis to safeguard the Park's exceptional wildlife, including the last of the world's critically endangered mountain gorillas.
Alongside this essential conservation work, the Park is commiteed to supporting local communities. Virunga has a vision for responsibly harnessing the Park's natura resources to create new opportunities for the four million people that live within a day's walk of its borders.
Focusing on three key areas: hydropower, sustainable agriculture and fisheries, and tourism, Virunga National Park is working to economically transform the region - creating jobs and reducing poverty rates. This innovative, community focused approach to conservation is working to reduce the pressures currently faced by the Park;s Rangers from armed groups, illegal poaching, and land encroachment.See more