On January 17th, Mount Nyiragongo, just north of Lake Kivu in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) erupted. The Nyiragongo volcano is one of eight in DRC along the border with Rwanda. This is also home to the critically endangered mountain gorillas and their dense tropical forest habitat, who range among the six "dormant" volcanoes in DRC's Virunga National Park.
Five days after Mount Nyiragongo erupted, and despite the risks posed by the lava and earth tremors, many of the thousands of people who had fled the city of Goma are returning.
The Nyiragongo volcano, just north of Lake Kivu in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is erupting. The volcano is spewing a steady flow of lava, over a mile wide, into Rwanda, and has devastated the eastern town of Goma in the Democratic Republic of Congo, which lies directly at the foot of the exploding volcano. Some 50 people are reported to be dead and some 300,000 people have fled into the neighboring town of Gisenyi in Rwanda.
The African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) and Earthwatch Institute (EWI) recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), documenting their intent to work collaboratively on the conservation of natural resources and landscapes in Africa. This collaboration will be in direct support of AWF's African Heartlands program. AWF Heartlands are large African landscapes of exceptional wildlife and natural value extending across state, private and community lands.
Adapted from the Zambia Daily Mail.
The African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) and the Government of the Republic of Zambia have signed an agreement regarding the establishment of a regional office in Zambia. The new agreement also sets out the terms of the collaboration between the two parties for the conservation of wildlife and natural resources.