The purpose of this project is to support the operational capacity of the 300 strong ranger force in Virunga National Park while also strengthening the parks long-term conservation strategy and the financial sustainability of Africas oldest national park, which is home to a quarter of the worlds remaining mountain gorilla populations. The project will: 1) Secure funding to keep the current ranger force operational at all times, and 2) Expand beneficiaries of the social-benefit program. Ranger activities include: Ensuring ranger salaries continue to be paid in full and on time to maintain high morale; Bolstering ranger commitment by ensuring access to quality medical health coverage; Ensuring reliable transport for rangers and support team; Providing equipment; and Strengthening the Fallen Rangers Fund and pension support. Social program activities include: Ensuring the park plays a stabilizing role in the region; Setting up investment in income-generating projects and renewable energy programs. For USFWS’ contribution to the cooperative agreement, USFWS will work with other donors and partners to increase overall support to the program; participate in an advisory committee to guide the project; and conduct outreach and education to raise awareness among the U.S. public of the project, with particular attention to the needs of rangers stationed at Virunga National Park.