The Virunga National Park is an example of an integrated approach linking nature conservation with economic development and better living conditions. With a huge potential for hydroelectricity and an exceptional tourism offer, niche value chains are becoming possible. All are community-based small farms and cooperatives, and deforestation free. In a region where militias have murdered hundreds of people in the past few months alone, communities are mobilizing to protect themselves and continue to develop new ventures. The Virunga team has stepped up once again in the wake of the Nyiragongo eruption working with private sector operators, local associations and government to bring back electricity and water to Goma’s people as well as provide first aid to the displaced.