Forest Health Alliance
Forest Health Alliance advances conservation and awareness of all great apes and the environments they live in by respecting human needs. The organization ensures that conservation strategies reflect local cultures, as well as economic and political realities.
Forest Health Alliance’s Work in the Congo Basin Forest
Forest Health Alliance is working to protect the DRC’s lowland gorillas, chimpanzees, elephants, and other endangered species by building up and sustaining a wildlife corridor achieved through reforestation efforts and designated protected natural areas. Local community efforts are focused on sustainable agriculture practices, environmental education, and alternative livelihood practices that allow for climate change resilience.
How Age of Union Is Helping
Since 2020, Age of Union has been working hand-in-hand with Forest Health Alliance and Strong Roots, a local grassroots conservation and sustainable development organization, in Eastern DRC. The goal of the partnership is to protect the great apes and create habitat connectivity for endangered species by building and conserving a wildlife corridor which also acts as a climate shield.
Age of Union, Forest Health Alliance and Strong Roots are working on expanding the corridor and placing land management and conservation into the hands of Indigenous communities.
- Surveying and mapping zones of conservation of the Itombwe Nature Reserve;
- Supporting sustainable economic activities for Indigenous communities to prevent deforestation and reduce pressure on local resources and ecosystems;
- Aiding agroforestry initiatives to provide food security for Indigenous communities;
- Monitoring of the capacity of the region to act as a carbon sink through the installation of weather stations;
- Empowering the Batwa community with an emphasis on women to improve the overall environmental and human situation.