Rwanda Reaffirms Commitment to Conserve Gorillas

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information pills geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 150%;”>This was revealed by the Rwanda Development Board CEO Valentine Rugwabiza at the 10th gorilla naming ceremony in the Northern district of Musanze on Tuesday afternoon.

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find geneva;”>“’This has transformed from being a local event to an international gorilla conservation event and it’s an opportunity to resound our commitment to conserve the green environment and gorillas at large,’ ’the CEO noted.

She added conservation efforts by the Rwandan government have led to naming of more than 160 young gorillas in the last decade which she said has also increased revenue through tourists.

“’In 2013 we got more than a million tourists who brought in more than 300M US Dollars compared to the 62M US Dollars in 2000 before the Kwita Izina was introduced. We indeed have reason to celebrate 10 years of this gorilla conservation initiative.’’


The CEO further noted that tourism brings more than 85 percent to the country’s revenues adding that government uses part of the revenue to give back to the local communities in terms of services.

‘’We release 5 percent of revenue from tourism to the local communities and through this we have been able to put in place 360 community projects, roads, SMEs and 57 primary schools in 13 districts throughout the country. This shows commitment towards a green environment being aware of its impact on the community, environment and the future,’’ Rugwabiza retorted.

She therefore applauded the 2 other countries of D.R Congo and Uganda for being at the forefront of forming the Greater Virunga cross-border framework which she said has done a lot in conservation of the rare species.

Speaking on behalf of the president, the Rwandan premier Damien Habumuremyi a third of the world’s remaining mountain gorillas are found in Rwanda which he stressed is a unique beauty to the country.

He reassured government’s commitment to promote the tourism industry in Rwanda.

Speaking to Chimpreports in an exclusive interview, the Dutch Ambassador to Rwanda Leoni Cuelenaere applauded the country for beating all odds and putting behind the past events to conserve the gorillas.

“’Rwanda is in the next few years going to be one of the tourism hubs in Africa and the whole world considering the measures they have put in place in conservation of environment and eventually the gorillas which are a big tourist attraction,’’ she noted.

Eighteen baby gorillas from different families were named at a colourful function graced by big wigs in the Rwandan government and the Rwanda Development Board.

This marked a decade since the annual naming ceremony was initiated.

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