IGCP has been working with Virunga National Park officials and government authorities since its current incarnation was founded in 1991. IGCP’s DRC program benefits from work in our four main programmatic areas: Strengthening the protection of mountain gorillas and their habitat through transboundary collaboration, establishing a strong information base to understand the dynamics between human populations and wildlife, working with local communities to create livelihood opportunities that are complementary and contribute to conservation, and advocating and strengthening supportive policy and legislation for conservation. In the Virunga region, we promote conservation enterprise, capacity building for Park management, support for ranger-based monitoring, and emergency support, with rapid response to threats to both gorilla and human communities.
IGCP is a collaborative effort of three respected international conservation organizations – African Wildlife Foundation (AWF), Fauna and Flora International (FFI) and Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF). Our solid funding and knowledge base stems from these partners, and we continue to broaden our DRC program while strengthening its projects in the area and building the capacity of all stakeholders for more effectiveness in conservation of the gorillas and their habitat. Our long-term Virunga base and consistent support for those protecting the gorillas and aiding neighboring communities gives us the momentum for continuing to effect positive change in the area in 2008-2009 and beyond.
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For the past 17 years IGCP has been dedicated to mountain gorilla conservation, working alongside all stakeholders in the Virunga Volcanoes Massif. IGCP’s Democratic Republic of the Congo program focuses on working with Virunga National Park authorities and rangers to ensure the gorillas’ health and safety, while also initiating conservation enterprise projects that benefit communities on the Park’s borders.