Virunga National Park

  • Grant:
    Protecting the DRC’s abundant natural resources, while acting as a force for security and development in the region
    Program:
    Human Rights
    Location:
    Democratic Republic of Congo

Virunga National Park, located in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, is the oldest and most biologically diverse protected area in Africa. There, the park rangers work to protect the country’s rich resources and use their position to improve lives in the communities surrounding the park.

Virunga National Park is home to some of Africa’s most important species and landscapes - including the last remaining viable population of mountain gorillas in the world - VNP is also the continent’s most threatened national park. Bringing security and stability to Virunga is the first step in implementing the park’s short and long-term strategy. To this end, park authorities are determined to help create the conditions necessary for the orderly disarmament and transition to civilian activities of regular and irregular forces. VNP vision is Virunga Alliance, the intersection of civil society, private sector and state institutions working together toward sustainable development goals in eastern Congo. Born of a Congolese commitment to the protection of Virunga National Park, the Virunga Alliance aims to foster peace and prosperity though the responsible economic development of natural resources for four million people who live within a day’s walk of the park’s borders.