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On the 24th February 2015, a delegation from the Greater Virunga Transboundary Collaboration (GVTC) was received by the Embassy of the Republic of Korea in Kigali (Rwanda). Dr Georges Muamba Tshibasu, the Executive Secretary of GVTC and his assistant, Mr. Juvenal Mukeshimana, were welcomed by the Ambassador Mr. Hwang Soon-taik and the Counselor Dong-ouk Ahn. This special visit was consecutive to the Twelth Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention Biological Diversity hosted by the Government of the Republic of Korea at the Alpensia Convention Center in held in Pyeongchang from the 6th to the 17th October 2014 to which conference GVTC has been invited and represented by the Executive Secretary.

Besides, this visit has been a follow-up to the South Korean government’s announcement on the 12th Meeting to support the conservation of biodiversity and natural resources in the Greater Virunga Landscape.

During this visit to the Embassy of the Republic of Korea, Dr Georges Muamba Tshibasu made a profit of such opportunity to present an overview of GVTC by pointing out the context of its creation, its vision, goals, mandate, mission and objectives. The key issues faced by GVTC and its partners in the Greater Virunga Landscape have been addressed as well as the results and achievements of this intergovernmental institution in the framework of the Transboundary Strategic Plan.

The Executive Secretary of GVTC focused on the prospects of GVTC and the challenges faced by this institution in the conservation of biodiversity and natural resources in the three countries (Rwanda, Uganda &DRC). Indeed, the policies which are being implemented by GVTC aim at partnership diversifying so that it may have financial and technical means to sustain the conservation efforts in the Greater Virunga Landscape as designed in its Transboundary Strategic Plan.

The visit conducted by GVTC delegation at the Embassy of the Republic of Korea in Kigali was successful and the Ambassador agreed to submit GVTC queries to the South Korean government to support conservation efforts in the Greater Virunga Landscape.

GVTC Communication Service