Transboundary Conservation in the Virunga-Bwindi Region
The Virunga Volcano massif and Bwindi Impenetrable Forest are two forest blocks found in the Albertine Rift, the western branch of the Great Rift Valley. This area used to form an extensive forest massif, which has slowly been eroded by human use, encroachment, and accelerated deforestation during the 20th century and has resulted in a number of fragmented islands of forest separated by large expanses of agricultural and pastoral land.
The two forest blocks make up the last remaining habitat of the mountain gorilla (Gorilla beringei beringei). Based on the 2006 census undertaken in the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, and the census undertaken in the Virunga Massif in November 2003, the total number of mountain gorillas is now estimated at approximately 720 (for the purposes of this chapter the term “mountain gorilla” will be used to refer to both the Bwindi and Virunga populations). These two forest blocks are rich in species diversity, with many endemics as well as...
KeywordsMountain Gorilla Regional Meeting Forest Block Regional Collaboration Park Staff
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