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Strong Roots focuses on conservation and sustainable development through educating and empowering the local and indigenous communities that live in the region of the Kahuzi-Biega National Park in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
Strong Roots is a grassroots, non-governmental organization based and registered in DRC. While working to find and achieve local solutions to environmental issues in partnership with other Community Based Organizations, universities as well as national research and conservation institutions, Strong Roots has also developed partnerships with other international conservation and developement organizations, including:
- Partners In Conservation/Columbus Zoo (United States)
- Zerofootprint Foundation (Canada)
- Canadian Ape Alliance
- Gorilla Organization (United Kingdom)
- United Nations Development Programme’s Equator Initiative
Where we work…
The Kahuzi-Biega National Park (KBNP) is known for its wealth of biological diversity and is the natural home to the endangered Eastern Lowland Gorilla, among many other endemic species. The park was established in 1970, expanded in 1975 and designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1980 (later upgraded to “List of World Heritage in Danger”). In the past 15 years, stresses on the park, including illegal mining, refugee camps, foreign invasions, civil wars, poaching and bush meat trades, have put the Eastern Lowland Gorilla in a high risk of extinction.
The communities and villagers surrounding the Kahuzi-Biega National Park live in extreme poverty. The primates’ conservation projects need to consider the lifestyle of the local people living around their habitat in order to reduce the negative human impact on their survival. The bush meat trades, fueling gathering and mining in the park, illegal poaching and farming within the park’s borders are all signs that the local and indigenous communities are impoverished and struggling to survive.
Strong Roots empowers local and indigenous communities by providing knowledge, tools and the opportunities to create for themselves a sustainable way of life while also supporting KBNP’s (and surrounding forests’) long term preservation.
While we continually seek the combined efforts at the global, national and local levels that are required to address these difficult issues, Strong Roots will continue to work at the grassroots level by applying local and adaptive solutions that work in the interests of conservation and sustainable development.