There is amazing biodiversity in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. This Central African country has extensive woodland, with high importance for food security of local communities.
There are, however, armed conflicts over resources in the country, particularly in East Congo. The habitats of wildlife including gorillas, hippopotamuses and elephants have come under pressure due to these conflicts and illegal poaching.
East Congo is rich in expensive natural resources, such as hardwood and firewood. The soil is also rich in mineral resources such as copper, coltan and oil. Armed groups regularly use violence to gain control over these natural resources.
The Green Livelihoods Alliance has seven partner organisations in Virunga and Kahuzi-Biega, nature reserves that UNESCO recognises as natural World Heritage Sites.
Millions of people live in extreme poverty around the Virunga and Kahuzi-Biega National Park. They depend on natural resources for their livelihood. The programme aims to improve the relationship between both parties, thus working towards a win-win situation.
The Green Livelihoods Alliance furthermore strengthens local and indigenous communities that stand up against illegal poaching and fishing. We help them to prevent land expropriation and to enforce nationally and internationally recognised rights. In addition, we encourage them to join forces with park rangers to protect their areas and to show park rangers how they can focus on ways of procuring forest products and fishing in lakes with respect for the environment.
The DRC programme of the Green Livelihoods Alliance focuses on the restoration, protection and sustainable management of the ecosystems in the Virunga and Kahuzi-Biega landscapes. It’s about natural resource management in a sustainable, concerted and inclusive manner, which guarantees the livelihoods of local communities and indigenous peoples and the stability of protected areas.
The programme adopts three envisaged pathways of change:
The programma is being carried out by a large coalition of seven civil society organisations, who all have their own expertise and task in the project.