In 2013, the Park launched the Virunga Alliance which brings together North Kivu’s public authorities, civil society and the private sector around a shared vision of sustainable development. Together, they pursue three objectives: the conservation of the Park’s natural resources, the reduction of poverty and the promotion of peace. They are interdependent and of equal importance because the success of one ultimately determines the success of the others.
Park rangers are employees and representatives of the State and are responsible for upholding the law within the Park area, and with certain restrictions, also in its periphery. Their tasks include patrolling the Park, the seizure of illegal shipments, arresting suspects and transferring them to the judicial system. Beyond the protection of fauna and flora, rangers make a significant contribution to the stabilization of the entire region.
In addition to its sovereign missions, the Park is also a major economic player in the province. Its development agenda is focused on three pillars: tourism, energy and agriculture.