Recognizing Corporate Social Responsibility that Contributes to Conservation and Poverty Alleviation

“The development of an ecolabel is a way of using the tourism market to promote and reward corporate social responsibility; it will empower tourists and the private sector to become more informed and engaged partners in mountain gorilla conservation”, asserts Mr. Wellard Makambo, IGCP’s Program Manager. According to Wellard, many tourists arrive to see gorillas…

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Channeling Money from Tourism to Priority Community Needs – A Grass Roots Approach

Is it possible to conserve mountain Gorillas without taking into consideration the livelihoods of people? Certainly not. However what can be done to contribute to improved livelihoods which in turn benefit conservation? These questions central to my work were partially answered when I was implementing activities for the project “Strengthening local institutions in the Albertine…

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Quiet Conservation

One of my favorite parts of traveling internationally, especially for work, is not knowing what you’ll learn. You enter with what expertise you have, jump in and try to make something happen. Simultaneously learning at least two new cultures (work and the region), you discover things about your field, yourself, and your preconceptions that can…

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Conservation: From Academia to on the Ground Realities

By Sarah Tolbert, IGCP Intern (above left with IGCP conservation team) As a graduate student studying conservation and development, I’ve read my fair share of articles critiquing and praising integrated conservation and development (ICD) interventions. I thought I had a decent grasp on what interventions tended to work and which ones were doomed to fail….

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Gorilla Friendly™ Pledge to safeguard wild gorillas

Online pledge at www.gorillafriendly.org makes tourists partners in conservation of gorillas in the wild  Kigali, Rwanda, 20 June 2014 – The International Gorilla Conservation Programme (IGCP) and Wildlife Friendly Enterprise Network (WFEN) announce the launch of the Gorilla Friendly™ Pledge, an awareness raising campaign developed to minimize the risk of disease transmission from human to…

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Virunga: Conservation undeterred

One cannot say too much, nor say it too loudly, about Virunga National Park, its biodiversity and the people who depend on it and protect it. Virunga has just emerged from a period of intense armed conflict, which has been vividly portrayed in the film Virunga, which is currently being shown throughout North America and…

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Gorilla & community protectors in DRC receive training, equipment

Don’t be alarmed. The photo above is not an emergency scene, it is a training scene. From October 3rd to 5th, 40 HuGo team members from different corners around the Mikeno sector participated in a training held in Bukima on the edge of Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo. ‘HuGo’ is short…

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Daily info gathering by rangers feeds park planning

Data crunching. It’s not very glamorous, but it is vitally important to the conservation of the critically-endangered mountain gorillas. Up-to-date, relevant and timely information is an essential prerequisite which enables managers of protected areas to make informed decisions, to monitor and evaluate, and to plan. Use of information is an integral part of effective protected…

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A good scientist is aware of and acknowledges what they do not know as much as what they do know.

Jena Hickey, PhD – IGCP Conservation Scientist