20 Rainwater Tanks for 20 Years of Mountain Gorilla Conservation

Community members construct household rainwater tanks

People enter the protected areas where mountain gorillas live for a number of reasons, one of those being the collection of water. To reduce potential habitat destruction and risk from disease transmission from humans to gorillas, IGCP is working to bring sources of water closer to home.

IGCP has been facilitating the construction of communal and household water tanks in both Rwanda and Uganda and plans to expand this effort to the Democratic Republic of Congo this year.

As our special event to celebrate our 20 years of mountain gorilla conservation, IGCP is planning a special service project centered around the construction of 20 additional household rainwater tanks.

Join us in our effort to bring water closer to home.

Imbere Heza's work training and constructing rainwater tanks recognized

As part of Labour Day celebrations in Rwanda, the Rwandan Ministry of Public Service and Labour recognized the important work of Imbere Heza, IGCP's primary partner in rainwater tank construction in Rwanda.

Read more about the recognition of the work of Imbere Heza from the IGCP blog.


IGCP's director writes about his own experience collecting water as a child

After a visit with Imbere Heza members at the end of last year, IGCP Director Eugene Rutagarama reflected on his own childhood chore of collecting water. He also writes about the importance of community leaders in the development and management of communal water sources.

 Learn more about the issue of water and our work in constructing rainwater collection tanks.

The tank is only part of what is needed

There is more to getting water to people than the construction of a tank. IGCP works behind the scenes with communities to ensure to the best of our collective ability that communal water sources are maintained after construction and equitably available throughout the community.

 Meet the community of Nzogera.

Follow the signs and avoid the buffalo: Tracking mountain gorillas
Armed with his notebook and his memories, IGCP Director Eugene Rutagarama tracks the Kwitonda Family Group.

Monitoring the pulse of climate change
Dr. Augustin Basabose, IGCP species coordinator, installs automatic weather stations throughout the mountain gorilla region.

IGCP revamps efforts to directly link beekeeping with conservation
There are good reasons why conservationists are in the business of bees and IGCP has been working intensely with beekeepers to make stronger links between our support to beekeepers and protection of mountain gorillas and the parks they live in.

Congolese community group tours community projects in Uganda and Rwanda
The landscape is the same, the languages are similar, but the context is extremely different.

Study confirms mountain gorilla deaths were from human virus
It's something that conservationists have suspected for a long time, that mountain gorillas are susceptible to human respiratory disease.

Tourism in Virunga National Park, DRC
Tourism plays a vital role in the conservation of mountain gorillas. Virunga NP is promoting its mountain gorilla and Nyiragongo volcano treks, with permits available for half price May 20- June 5.
The International Gorilla Conservation Programme (IGCP) was founded in 1991 as a coalition of the African Wildlife Foundation, Fauna & Flora International, and the World Wide Fund for Nature.

IGCP's mission is to conserve the critically endangered mountain gorillas and their habitat through partnering with key stakeholders while significantly contributing to sustainable livelihood development.


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