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
Strong Roots Congo
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.