Virunga National Park is one of the remaining forest in the East North Kivu province and is surrounded by lots of villages with high demographic density.
These villages are living near the Park by using resources close to them in different ways with real impact on habitat and wildlife.
Protection of the Park becomes then complex and violent as park managers and their partners face different threats towards their lives.
Managing these conflicts need committment and good willing of different actors after understanding these conflicts and different parameters.
Through the process of conflict analysis, mapping and strategy development, we’ve been able to start looking at different opportunities that can help reducing some of the conflicts starting with fishing villages as it can lead to other complex conflicts.
Needs from different stakeholders are increasing towards conflict resolution that we need to put more efforts even though some conflicts need political decisions.
Help Virunga to survive!!!