Community support vital to secure endangered species
Mountain gorillas, Virunga National Park, Democratic Republic of Congo.
The three countries home to the mountain gorilla, Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda and Uganda, agreed to protect gorilla habitat spanning their shared borders and to maximise the value of tourism for local communities. A meeting of the countries’ national park authorities in April recognised the importance of gorilla-based tourism for income to local communities, and the support of these communities is essential to maintain the increasing numbers of mountain gorillas.
The population of saiga antelope in Mongolia has increased from 3,000 in 1998 to 10,000 in 2013, and expanded into regions where the species was wiped out decades ago. Anti-poaching and cooperation with local herders have proven effective.