Virunga Alliance: Stability Through Sustainable Development in Eastern Congo

A model for sustainable economic development around Virunga National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage in Danger and home to the world’s last remaining mountain gorillas.

Virunga National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site located in the DR Congo. It’s the continent’s most biologically diverse protected area and home to the world’s last remaining mountain gorillas. It is also a national park embarking on an ambitious development program known as the Virunga Alliance. Simply put, it is a groundbreaking initiative to support local communities by responsibly harnessing the park’s natural resources in order to create jobs and reduce poverty rates.  It identifies three main sectors for development: eco-tourism, sustainable energy and access to credit, and sustainable agriculture and fisheries. 

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