The Government of the Kingdom of the Netherlands has played an important role in the conservation of the Greater Virunga Landscape. Since the creation of the Greater Virunga Transboundary Collaboration (GVTC) framework in 2008, the Kingdom of the Netherlands recognized the relevancy of transboundary collaboration between the GVTC partner States namely, the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Republic of Rwanda and the Republic of Uganda.
The Government of the Kingdom of the Netherlands has provided support to the Secretariat of the GVTC amounting to at over 90%. This support has significantly contributed to the peace, security and stability of the region which was negatively affected by recurring insecurity incidents.
Under this support, the Protected Area Authorities and the communities surrounding the parks have greatly benefitted. Water provision to the communities surrounding the parks, community enterprises were supported, Human-Wildlife measures put in place to improved food security and security of the communities themselves are some on the interventions made possible with the funding from the Government of the Netherlands to the Greater Virunga Transboundary Collaboration.
Buffalo stone wall in Mgahinga Gorilla National park of Uganda
Trenches in Queen Elizabeth National Parks in Uganda
Mauritius thorns planting in Semuliki National Park
Water provision in DRC-North Kivu Province
The Government of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, through its Embassy to Rwanda, in Kigali has reiterated this month, its commitment to conserve the Greater Virunga Landscape, by signing with the Greater Virunga Transboundary Collaboration Executive Secretariat, another four-year funding agreement starting on the 1st December 2020.
This four years program will focus on harmonizing conservation legislation; harmonizing the protected areas management plans, coordinate action against illegal wildlife trade across the Greater Virunga Landscape; coordinate preparedness and mitigation of disasters in the GVL; coordinate a common strategy towards extractive industries in the GVL; enhancing control and management of invasive species in GVL Protected Areas; coordinate research in GVL; harmonizing the tourism practices and services across the GVL; developing frameworks for utilization of shared resources; coordinate systems of benefit sharing; promote the cross-border collaboration in cases of security issues, amongst others.
GVTC is excited about this new program, and looks forward to collaborating with stakeholders in the field, on the protection of the Greater Virunga Landscape.
A special thanks is addressed to the Government of the Netherlands for this continued support. There is a urgent need to uphold the achievements realized so far and the GVTC appeals to the conservation and donors’ community to continue to work together for GVL conservation.
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