Conservation in a fragile context: protect people and nature in Virunga National Park

Green investment initiatives are revitalising the economy around Virunga National Park. Can this be applied in other protected areas?

TV Studio 1
Special Event
Wednesday, June 16, 2021
16:00 to 17:00

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. 

 

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Speakers

Moderator
Phil GAYLE
International News Anchor
H.E. Eve BAZAÏBA MASUDI
vice-Première ministre, ministre de l'Environnement et du Développement durable
Ministère de l'Environnement RDC
Ben AFFLECK
Actor and co-founder of the Eastern Congo Initiative (ECI)
Jutta URPILAINEN
EU Commissioner for International Partnerships
European Commission
Emmanuel DE MERODE
Director
Virunga National Park