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Master of Environmental Science and Management: Master's Group Project

Combining Conservation and Community Empowerment: Establishing Community Forests in Democratic Republic of Congo to Protect Critically Endangered Eastern Lowland Gorillas and Improve Wellbeing of Impoverished Communities

gorillas in the congo

Group Members: Kelsie Fronheiser, Monica Gordon, Zoe Duerksen-Salm, Lizzy Schattle, Yani Pohl

Faculty Advisors: Mark Buntaine, Frank Davis

Client: Strong Roots Congo


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Group Project Proposal


This project hopes to promote the conservation of the endangered Grauer's gorilla (Gorilla beringei graueri) in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Using a data-driven approach to inform habitat corridor management, we are looking at priority conservation areas to investigate the trade-offs between human activities and gorilla conservation planning.

To promote gorilla conservation within the study region, the Primate Pathways team has partnered with Strong Roots Congo, a community-based organization in the DRC. Primate Pathways has also connected with experts in Grauer's gorilla conservation, habitat corridor planning, and environmental policy in developing countries.