Vision and Mission

Vision: To see local communities, indigenous peoples, and wildlife thrive together in the Eastern Congo (DRC).

Mission: Our mission is to save Great Apes from extinction. To conserve Grauer’s gorillas and other wildlife by engaging local communities and indigenous people in conservation while improving wellbeing.

Philosophy: Strong Roots recognizes that sharing your life with a protected area can be extremely difficult; access to resources are restricted, communities are often displaced, and crops are frequently destroyed by wildlife that live in the park. On the other hand, communities who manage community forests face an array of different challenges, most notably a lack of secure land tenure and omission from key conservation decisions that can negatively impact livelihoods and subsistence. We believe that the best way to conserve biodiversity is to combine scientific tools with traditional knowledge, empowering local communities to manage resources themselves on their traditional lands.