Requirement to stay at least 7 meters from gorillas at all times.
Better management of ecotourism.
More education for local communities to minimize impact of livestock
War and unrest
Refugees removing trees to create settlements and farms
Increased use of gorillas for meat by displaced peoples
Gorillas can be killed by land mines placed along forest paths.
Lack of support for conservation efforts due to insufficient education and awareness amongst locals
Poverty encourages the use of slash and burn agriculture to grow food.
Karisoke Research centre has,
Created Virunga biodiversity inventory and field guides, to support public education and ecotourism
Supplied primary school students with books and other materials
Run conservation programs for secondary schools.
Provided biodiversity training for local park staff and conservation groups
Provide field courses and internships for Rwandan college students.