The Greater Virunga Landscape (GVL), commonly known as the Central Albertine Rift, is one of the world’s most diverse fragile eco-regions with endangered wildlife and fauna such as the mountain gorilla and the iconic elephant, hippopotamus and chimpanzee as well as rare birds and plants.
Reflecting its regional and international importance as home to the wonderful endangered species, the GVL includes three World Heritage sites, one Ramsar sites and two Biosphere Reserves.
Despite its importance, the GVL faces many threats such as insecurity, poverty, poor infrastructure development, climate change, demographic growth, oil and gas exploration and exploitation, which may result in the fragmentation of the landscape. Considering these risks for transboundary impacts associated with the human footprint in this landscape, the GVTC Treaty was signed by DRC, Rwanda and Uganda in 2015. Its ratification is a good foundation for undertaking actions that tackle the threats to the GVL.
Successful conservation of the GVL will require government institutions, regional and international communities, public and private sectors, donors and development partners, to work together in conserving the Greater Virunga Landscape now and for future generations.
In order for the GVTC to measure its success in the conservation of the GVL will prepare an Annual Conservation Status Report (ACSR). The purpose of the ACSR is to provide up-to-date information on key indicators of conservation in the GVL. The ACSR will assist the GVTC and its partners to monitor and evaluate their conservation efforts and strengthen conservation activities in the GVL.
We are grateful to those who have supported this first ACSR edition 2015. We anticipate that future ACSRs will progressively become richer in data and analysis and will play an important role in the conservation of the GVL.
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