As mountain gorillas face increasing threat from the illegal charcoal trade, hope emerges as the DRC makes headway in rooting out top-level corruption
By Matt RansfordPosted 03.24.2008 at 11:09 am 0 Comments
One of the biggest issues facing conservation movements worldwide is how to balance the needs of local populations with the protection of animal habitats. Ecotourism is a popular solution. Through a program of education and careful land management, local economies can be adapted to benefit more from preservation and tourism than removing and selling natural resources. In some areas, however, the situation is too heated for the concept to take hold. The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is one of those regions, and at the heart of their trouble is the endangered mountain gorilla.