“The world will never be the same after the COVID-19 pandemic”. How many times have we heard, or perhaps even spoken these words in recent weeks? The ongoing pandemic has again exposed our vulnerability as a species, but this time the wakeup call has been of a magnitude and urgency that are nothing short of dramatic.
IUCN is deeply shocked by the tragic loss of 12 park rangers, a staff driver and four civilians close to Virunga National Park, following an attack by armed militia on 24 April. One of the world’s most biodiversity-rich areas and home to the last remaining mountain gorillas, Virunga is Africa’s oldest national park and a World Heritage site in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
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