Virunga National Park, Congo
Climate protection with hydropower

Preservation of the habitat for the last mountain gorillas in the wild

The Matebe hydropower project in the Virunga National Park in Congo is financing a running water power plant to supply the local population with electricity from renewable energy sources. The hydroelectric power replaces the energy production from charcoal and the associated deforestation of the local rainforest and thus also the destruction of the habitat of the mountain gorillas.


Dies ist eine Landkarte von Afrika inkl. Kongo.

Virunga National Park, D.R. Congo

About 5,000 households and many small businesses



TÜV NORD CERT GmbH, Carbon Check (India) Private Ltd.

Verified Carbon Standard (VCS)

approx. 46,000 t CO2

Mountain gorillas


Der Regenwald im Virunga Nationalpark im Kongo.Die Städte im Regenwald im Virunga Nationalpark im Kongo.Der seltene Berggorilla im Regenwald im Virunga Nationalpark im Kongo.

Project benefit

  • Protection of the habitat of mountain gorillas and other endangered animal species
  • Economic development through electricity in one of the poorest regions in the world
  • Clean energy from hydroelectric power plant supplies approx. 5,000 households and many small businesses
  • Creation of numerous jobs and new small businesses
  • Dissemination of clean technology, further hydropower plants in planning
  • More safety due to street lighting in the villages
  • Generation of electricity from a renewable source with minimal environmental impact
  • Savings of approx. 46,000 tonnes of CO22 per year
  • Alternative jobs to the illegal coal trade
  • Weakening militias for more peace in the region
Bau der Wasserkraftanlage im Regenwald im Virunga Nationalpark im Kongo.Bau des Stromnetzes im Virunga Nationalpark im Kongo.Bau der Wasserkraftturbinen im Virunga Nationalpark im Kongo.


In the Virunga National Park, about one third of the last mountain gorillas live in the wild. 600 rangers protect the area from armed militias, who enrich themselves in mineral resources, animals and wood for the trade in charcoal. Illegal mining is a million-dollar business and is financing a cruel civil war.

The charcoal from trees from Virunga is the only source of energy for many, 97 per cent of the population live without electricity. Without alternatives to charcoal, the forest will be cut down in ten years. That is why our climate protection project has been created: a small run-of-water power plant with a capacity of 13.26 megawatts. In the meantime, there are already 5,000 households and many new small businesses connected to the local electricity grid-a prerequisite for economic development and, as a result, for greater stability and peace in the region.

How does climate protection work with hydropower?

Hydropower is one of the oldest forms of energy production and follows a simple principle. Only water and a gradient are necessary. The movement energy of the water drives a turbine and is converted into energy via a generator. The Matebe project is
a run-of-river power plant and takes advantage of the natural flow rate of the river. Run-of-water power stations are a good compromise between the use of a natural potential and the lowest possible environmental impact.

The amount of emissions saved will be determined on the basis of the so-called baseline-method: how much CO22would be caused by the same amount of energy generated with the usual local power mix?

Every post counts!

Affordable and clean energy
From hydroelectric power station for 5,000 households

Fight against deforestation and preservation of the habitat for native animals

Creation of numerous jobs
and small enterprises

Weakening of militias
for more peace in the region

Contribution to the UN sustainability goals

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Project quality standard

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VCS - Verified Carbon Standard

The Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) is the globally leading standard for the certification of emission reductions from climate action projects. These emission reductions must be real, measurable, permanent, audited by independent third parties, and calculated conservatively.