Democratic Republic of Congo

Virunga National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site: a protected area with the greatest biodiversity on the entire African continent.

Located in a region that has been deeply affected by the effects of war and armed conflict for over 20 years, Virunga is protected by a dedicated team of over 689 rangers. These local men and women risk their lives daily to save the park's exceptional wildlife, including the last endangered mountain gorillas.

Alongside this essential conservation work, the park is committed to supporting local communities. Virunga has a vision to responsibly harness its natural resources in order to create new opportunities for the four million people who live within a day's walk of its borders.
Focusing on three key areas: hydroelectricity, sustainable agriculture, and fishing, and tourism, Virunga National Park is working towards the economic transformation of the region by creating jobs and reducing poverty rates. This innovative, community-driven approach aims to reduce the pressures that Park Rangers are currently facing from armed groups, illegal poaching, and land encroachment.

In the words of Dub inc

In 2018, we played at the Amani festival in Goma (DRC). Before going to the region, we had already heard about the wildlife preservation work of Virunga Park, in particular the protection of gorillas via the documentary Virunga, by Orlando Von Einsiedel.

Using a gorilla face to illustrate our album "Millions" (by Justin "Justkas" Kasereka) was the trigger to try to implement a system to generate funds for Virunga Park.

- We sold cups bearing the effigy of the gorilla at the Zénith de Saint-Étienne on December 14 & 15, 2019, which generated €5,050.27.
(The Zénith de Saint-Etienne Métropole, Justin Kasereka and AGDL Production also accepted and actively participated in this operation).

- We sold 100 numbered silkscreens representing the face of the gorilla and using ink made from Saint-Étienne charcoal. The smooth running of this operation was notably ensured thanks to Fabien Cornut. Go ahead and watch the webdoc about these serigraphs, which generated €5,850.