10 millionth tree for mountain gorillas
The trees are planted for several reasons. They can serve as an alternative source of firewood and building material for the local inhabitants and boost the economy. But they will also serve as a buffer for the vulnerable nature areas in the National Park of about 10.000 acres. Despite the ongoing civil war, the project has never been abandoned. This is a huge accomplishment. Because of the armed conflicts, more and more people from the surrounding areas have fled to Goma. The city and surrounding refugee camps have grown dramatically, and with it the demand for food and fuel.
The illegal forest clearings in Virunga National Park puts an increasing pressure on the habitat of the mountain gorillas
During the festive ceremony of the ten millionth tree, a new project was announced right away: over de next five years another two thousand acres of forest will be planted.