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DRC To Build Electric Fence Around Virunga Park

Reports from neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo indicate that a 70km stretch along Virunga National Park will be sealed off using an advanced Electric Fence to protect this natural habitat.

The Congolese Institute for the Conservation of Nature, (ICCN) says this is aimed at protecting the local population against recurrent attacks by animals from this Park in Eastern part of the country.

ICCN Director General Cosma Wilungula said the project will enable ICCN to ensure the security of the oldest park in the DRC, control all entrances to the park and fight against armed groups who spread terror in this region.

“This electric fence will cover almost more than 70 km towards the border that separates us from neighboring countries. You know that we work for the benefit of our local population and we are quite sensitive. To avoid conflicts between elephants and humans, gorillas and humans, in North Kivu, in Virunga National Park, we are sure that this fence will bring a lot of solutions, “he said.

According to him, certain enemy groups who had found refuge in the park must leave the park.

“They (these enemies) must be outside the park and cannot access the fence anyway. There are certain groups whose interests find themselves threatened by the fence, trying to lie and deceive the population,” he concluded.

About Virunga National Park

Virunga National Park is a national park in the Albertine Rift Valley in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. It was created in 1925 and is among the first protected areas in Africa.

In elevation, it ranges from 680 m in the Semliki River valley to 5,109 m in the Rwenzori Mountains.