Itombwe Conservation Board Chair David Bates
exercising a baby Verreaux Eagle Owl...
Itombwe Conservation Board Member Marlene Bates
comforting a Baby Itombwe Chimpanzee
“The importance of engaging the people living in the Itombwe Massif,
who have a vested interest in protecting the forest they depend on,
has been a critical component of obtaining agreement on the reserve boundaries. Participatory zoning and participatory sustainable management of the reserve
is required to secure protection of the forest as well as
the rights and livelihoods of indigenous peoples and local communities.”
Jean de Dieu Wasso of AfriCapacity
"A PROMISE OF CONSERVATION... ACROSS THE GREATER ITOMBWE MASSIF"
"When you realize the value of all life, you dwell less on what is past
and concentrate more on the preservation of the future."