In a heavily forested area, three men and one woman huddle together to look at a notebook.

In May 2018, the U.S. Forest Service International Programs, in partnership with the Wildlife Conservation Society and supported by USAID’S Central Africa Regional Program for the Environment, held a birdwatching training to train guides from Kahuzi Biega and Virunga National Parks in bird watching with the aim to diversify tourism activities to attract new types of visitors. Building capacity of national park staff to promote ecotourism not only improves visitor experience and creates economic opportunities for neighboring communities, but also puts the park on track for long-term financial stability, an essential step in the long-term protection of these landscapes, and the preservation of the forests within them.

Supporting Ecotourism Development in the Eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo

Copyright © 2019 Olivia Freeman, U.S. Forest Service International Programs

Topics Natural Resource Management, Conflict and Governance

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