Born of a Congolese commitment to the protection of Virunga National Park, the Virunga Alliance aims to foster peace and prosperity through the responsible economic development of natural resources for four million people who live within a day’s walk of the park’s borders.
A minimum of 30% of the park’s revenues is invested in community development projects. These projects are defined by the community and are based on the principle of free and informed consultation with civil society groups.
Virunga Alliance is the intersection of civil society, private sector and state institutions working together toward sustainable development goals in eastern Congo. Virunga Alliance will deliver large-scale opportunities to tens of thousands of Congolese men and women who are ready to rebuild the region and redefine the country’s future.
We propose a three-phase approach and identify four main sectors for development, including Energy, Tourism, Agro-Industry, Sustainable Fisheries, and Infrastructure.
The Economic Development Plan was conceived in three phases:
The predictions put forth here are based on a combination of experience accumulated during Phase One and independent feasibility studies commissioned by Virunga from reputable independent consulting firms.
|Phase 1||Butahu/Mutwanga||0.4 MW||5,000|
|Phase 3||Various sites||80 MW||840,000|
|Production (tons/yr)||Commercial Value||Employment (direct | indirect)|
|Phase 1||10,000 t||37 M USD||9,000 | 300|
|Phase 2||11,000 t||40 M USD||6,000 | 4,000|
|Phase 3||16,000 t||64 M USD||3,000 | 10,000|
|River/population center||Power||Jobs created in Agro-Industry|
|Phase 1||Butahu/Mutwanga||0.4 MW||250|
|Phase 2||Volcano/Lubero||1 MW||500|
|Phase 3||Various sites||80 MW||60,000|
|Visitors per year||Revenue per year||Annual investment in community programs||Beds available||Employment (estimated direct | indirect)|
|Phase 1||3,300||0.8 M USD||0.7 M USD||38||100 | 400|
|Phase 2||3,610||0.9 M USD||0.2 M USD||50||120 | 500|
|Phase 3||27,400||38 M USD||5.5 M USD||120||800 | 400|
Strengthening Social Infrastructure
|Number of schools built||Number of health clinics built||Number of kilometers of road repaired||Number of people with access to clean water|