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From the 23rd to the 24th June 2015, at Mosa Courts Hotel in Kampala, journalists from media houses in Kampala were sensitized on the Transboundary collaboration aimed at conservation promoting in the Greater Virunga Landscape.

The Greater Virunga Transboundary Collaboration (GVTC) is an intergovernmental institution informally created in 2009 by the Protected Areas Authorities of the three countries, i.e. Rwanda Development Board(RDB), Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) the Institut Congolais pour la Conservation de la Nature (ICCN/DRC). GVTC is a mechanism of a strategic and transboundary management between the protected areas authorities from DRC, Rwanda & Uganda. Its vision is to have the Greater Virunga Landscape Transboundary Protected Areas Network together with the surrounding Landscape sustainably conserved. About its mission, GVTC is working hard together with its partners for a sustainable conservation of the Greater Virunga landscape Biodiversity for long term socio-economic development through a Strategic Transboundary Collaborative Management. These aspects have been recalled by a valuable presentation given James Byamukama, the Programs Manager of GVTC.

The last presentation focused on ethic principles in communication was given by Vincent Mukwege Buhendwa, the Communications Officer of GVTC. That presentation allowed journalists know more about the creation context of GVTC, the challenges of institutional communication, the tools and channels used by GVTC to communicate with its partners.

Animals living in the transboundary landscape do not need tripartite agreement to cross borders. Because of this, member states having the property of those animals and other natural resources need to collaborate so that conservation and tourism incomes be equitably shared and brought to stimulate the improvement of the livelihoods of their respective populations. That is why communication and information sharing between the state partners and their communities are highly desired and journalists of the three countries have to know more about that transboundary collaboration so that they may get themselves involved to promote the heritage of their countries by advocating with decision-makers while disseminating reliable and useful information.

At the end of the workshop, journalists were requested to provide GVTC with feasible recommendations to improve its institutional communication. Journalists who attended the workshop were from medias houses in Kampala, including private and public ones. They also agreed to significantly contribute to make GVTC and its mission known through their medias.

GVTC Communication Service.