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DR Congo: WH-listed Virunga NP sees jump in deforestation due to influx of refugees fleeing fighting

According to Global Forest Watch Virunga National Park, the oldest protected area in the DRC, has lost 964 hectares (2,382 acres) of forest since June.

“The Nyiragongo volcanic eruption in May and the recent war that has broken out between M23 and the Congolese government have forced many people to flee into the park,” Depaul Bakulu, a volunteer with the refugee NGO Goma Actif, told Mongabay in a phone interview. He has been working with the NGO to distribute food and clothing to these refugees since 2021.

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