Innovation for the Development and Protection of the Environment, (IDPE)




Congo (DR)


East Africa – Central Asia flyway


WLI Africa


Name of organisation

Innovation for the Development and Protection of the Environment, (IDPE)

Funding support


Number of staff


Number of visitors per year


Overall aims of the centre

To mobilise local communities living in and around the Virunga National Park for the protection of the Virunga National Park's ecosystems

Description of the centre

We occupy two hectares, and we work with the local communities bordering the Virunga National Park; we receive at least three thousand visitors per year; the radio is located in the province of North Kivu, Rutshuru Territory, Kanyabayonga/RD.Congo.

Work Areas

Main CEPA work area

The mobilization on the respect of the Virunga National Park; the popularization of the legal texts and international conventions, where we even use local languages, is finally the self-management.

Top three successes

The awareness of the communities about the danger of environmental destruction in general; the involvement of the caumunity living in the Virunga National Park in the resistance against the oil exploitation project in the Virunga National Park; the award we received from the Alexander Soros Foundation in the USA in 2015.

Top three challenges

Three projects have been successful: the management of rubbish and other non-biodegradable materials in the fisheries around Lake Edward; the installation of a community laboratory for mycelium around the Virunga National Park; and the creation of a community hutch.


Interpretation techniques

Producing written materials; Using audio-visual tools; Developing nature trails


Engaging the local community

Education and communication

Early years education; Delivering adult education; Working with primary schools; Lobbying / running campaigns; Working with secondary schools


Auditing / assessing effectiveness; PR and marketing; Fund-raising


Contact address: Q. Mabanga-Sud, Av. Mutongo No. 158, Goma, North Kivu Province, DRC.

Tel: +243(0)997704042; E-mail:;; BP: 48 GOMA

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