Itombwe Génération pour l'Humanité (IGH)

Our organization forms a family with members committed to the protection of biodiversity of our homeland for future generations.

Our mission

Itombwe Génération pour l'Humanité (IGH) was created in 2014 in response to the needs of local communities to work on the conservation and sustainable management of the incredibly rich biodiversity found in Itombwe Mountains of Democratic Republic of Congo.

We’re the largest and the only non-profit organization in Democratic Republic of Congo whose sole mission is to protect biodiversity and forest of the Itombwe Mountains to care for nature and fight climate change. We are committed to protect the 826,287 hectares of largely intact wilderness that make up the Itombwe nature reserve, and a network of surrounding community forest areas

Our impact


 trees from 13 native species planted in Itombwe through community reforestation and regeneration programs


households having improved their means of subsistence in Itombwe through empowerment of local communities


ongoing community–based conservation programs to protect animals and plants of Itombwe from extinction


snares removed through community antipoaching  patrol operations


826,287 ha

Communities we work with are protecting 826,287 ha in size of largely intact wilderness in Itombwe


Most threatened species now protected and monitored in Itombwe


What We Do

Since its inception in 2014, IGH uses sustainable approaches to protect the Itombwe rainforest and its biodiversity. Click on the photographs below to learn more on our activities and achievements!

What Animals Species Live In Itombwe Mountains?

The Itombwe Mountains are composed of tropical rain forest and grasslands home to several terrestrial species, including primates, ungulate, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and other mammals, as well as birds and freshwater fish!

Our priority species

IGH do not focus on a single species, but is fighting to save most threatened species found across Itombwe Mountains that have been assessed by the IUCN Red List as facing much more serious danger of becoming extinct.