Treaty to manage Virunga Landscapes planned
- July 14, 2015
- Posted by: Africa Safaris
- Category: Travel News
The three countries that share the Virunga Ranges are trying to work out a treaty that will encourage promoting and conserving of the biodiversity in the virunga Ranges. These countries include Uganda, Uganda and Democratic Republic of Congo.
According to James Byamukama who is the programme Officer of the Greater Virunga Trans boundary Conservation, joint efforts of Uganda, Rwanda and Democratic Republic of Congo will see the promotion and protection of endangered and migratory species such as mountain gorillas of Volcanoes National Park, Mgahinga National Park as well as Virunga National Parks where these gorilla families have been moving from one country to another.
According to what is planned in the agreement, the three countries will manage and promote the Virunga Landscape as a unit for the sake of conservation as well as community and livelihood development. Byamukama noted that conservation of such species depends so much of communities surrounding these ranges since they used to depend directly on resources within the Virunga Ranges.
He further said that before this is enforced or agreed upon, all stakeholders will be consulted to make sure that all pending issues are harmonized before hand. Those sited include the local communities around these National Parks, local government leaders and other conservation agencies.
The great Virunga Landscape that is home to endangered species and fragile environments covers National Parks such as Queen Elizabeth National Park, Mgahinga National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Semiliki National Park in Uganda. In Rwanda, there is Volcaones National Park and Virunga National Park in Democratic Republic of Congo.
Authorities currently managing these landscapes are Rwanda Development Board for Rwanda, Uganda Wildlife Authority for Uganda and Institue Congolias Pour la Conservation de la Nature in Democratic Republic of Congo. According to the Public Relations office of Uganda Wildlife Authority, three countries have been working together on matters concerning the conservation of wildlife in the virunga and this treaty if signed will further strengthen their relationship