Today, the greatest environmental challenges are deforestation, soil erosion, overstocking,land reclamation of wetland/swamps, encroachment of forest areas and poor waste management with negative impacts on human health and wildlife thus hindrance to sustainable development.
Recently, the Viruga Ecotours intends to increase its activities in sensitizing and mobilizing local communities particularly in the Virunga Massif targeting more especially the youth who are the future generations to work on environmental forest conservation.
In addition, the forest conservation Field Study Education Programs encourage local communities to carry out re-forestation on the steep slopes to avoid soil erosion, control of over grazing and misuse of wetlands. The Virunga Ecotours encourage local communities to work together with our reforestation activities in what we call (Plant a Tree Programs). This program will allow individuals, communities, partners, tour companies, schools and higher institutions and to care for trees whilst helping to create new forests and restore degraded areas.