Recognizing that Long-term, Enduring and Sustainable Conservation efforts cannot succeed in the ignorance of "conservation arrogance, blindness and isolation," Itombwe Conservation, Inc. is deeply committed to improving the quality of life for local individuals, families and communities (across ethnic/tribal groups). It is absolutely crucial that local residents ultimately advocate for, defend, and aggressively support all conservation efforts within the Greater Itombwe Massif. This will only happen in the context of an ever-developing, thriving symbiotic relationship between conservation efforts and community development outcomes. Further, we recognize the incredible value and dignity of the forest-dwellers, indigenous people of ancient tradition and vast knowledge of their Itombwe forest home.
"Conservation means development as much as it means protection" - President Theodore Roosevelt
Community Development Programs & Services
"A PROMISE OF COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT ACROSS THE GREATER ITOMBWE MASSIF"