Ministers from Greater Virunga subregion have today met in Rwanda to take stock of the successes and challenges in promoting conservation within this shared region.
The Greater Virunga Transboundary Collaboration (GVTC) is composed of Rwanda, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Partner states have been called upon to develop and strengthen appropriate legal instruments that will create conducive environment for transboundary collaboration.
The Council of Ministers meeting discussed specifically practical arrangements for the ratification and implementation of Greater Virunga Transboundary Collaboration Treaty on Wildlife Conservation and Tourism Development in the three Member States.
The Greater Virunga Trans boundary treaty will enhance the protection of both flora and fauna in the region, increase peace and security and promote inclusive growth.
“We are proud to be able to host this important meeting as the actions to be discussed are a step in the right direction,” said Eugene Mutangana, the Head of Conservation at Rwanda Development Board commented.
He added that sustainable tourism and conservation in the region is at the heart of “our development goals and that therefore means that we are more than ready to cooperate in promoting trans boundary conservation, management and restoration of the protected areas.”
Rwanda was represented by Trade and Industry Minister Vincent Munyeshyaka, RDB CEO Claire Akamanzi while Tourism Minister Prof. Ephraim Kamuntu represented Uganda, and José Ilanga Lofonga Director of Forest Resources Represented DRC.
The Council of Ministers is an organ governing the Transboundary Collaboration and provided in the Treaty signed by the three countries and committing these countries to the sustainable conservation of the Greater Virunga Landscape, including the Virunga Massif and Bwindi ecosystem, which are both home to the endangered mountain gorilla.