With only 700 individuals remaining, the critically endangered mountain gorilla is in danger of extinction from habitat destruction caused by trespassing into the Virunga National Park, DR Congo to collect firewood and produce charcoal. The impoverished communities surrounding the park are reliant on these resources, used extensively for cooking and heating, but their use has a negative impact both socially and environmentally. The collection of firewood from the park is incredibly time-consuming and physically exhausting, and children are often involved, which means their education suffers as a result. Burning fuel within the household also damages health due to the large volumes of noxious smoke given off. Furthermore, both firewood collection and illegal charcoal production have a detrimental effect on the environment through habitat destruction.
The overall aim of the project is to reduce reliance on the resources of the Virunga National Park, DR Congo. The specific objectives are:
- To produce and distribute fuel-efficient stoves in North Kivu Province, DR Congo.
- To raise awareness within local communities of environmental issues and the need for conservation.
- To improve health by reducing the volume of harmful smoke produced by stoves.
Buy a family a fuel-efficient stove for £15