Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo is one of the last refuges of the mighty Mountain Gorilla. Decades of civil war and armed resistance had taken its toll on gorilla numbers but the latest threat is resource exploitation, oil in particular.
'Oil threat' to Africa's oldest park via the BBC
The forest in the Congo basin is second only to the Amazon and is one of the planet's lungs. It must be protected at all costs. But the DRC is a desperately poor country and its fragile government does not have control over many parts of the country. We must therefore provide viable and sustainable alternatives to widespread resource exploitation.