From the 3rd to the 4th March 2015, GVTC organizes a Law Enforcement and Security Committee Meeting at Gorilla Kivu Hotel in Rubavu (Rwanda). Participants are the committee designate members and invited experts in the fight against poaching from Protected Area Authorities of Rwanda, Uganda & DRC.
The purpose of this meeting is to (1) share and understand each institutional mandate in the fight against wildlife crime and know its roles, responsibilities and challenges in executing it;(2)develop an action plan, based on the resolutions from the Kampala forum in September 2014, i.e. develop a roadmap for a wildlife crime free Greater Virunga Landscape by 2024.
The Greater Virunga Landscape (GVL) is part of the Central Albertine Rift (CAR) that covers the Eastern part of DRC, the Northern part of Rwanda and the Western part of Uganda. This area has been categorised by IUCN as a high biodiversity hotspot and ranked amongst the highest priority for conservation in Africa.
Over the last 20 years, the central part of the Albertine Rift, particularly the shared borders of eastern DRC and western Uganda and Rwanda, has been marked by civil war, genocides, and mass refugee movements. Violent conflict is both a concern and a genuine threat for conservation in many parts of the Albertine Rift. On-going armed conflicts between militia groups pose direct threats to personnel and resources. Refugees, Internally Displaced People (IDP) and demobilized troops often turn to the unsettled lands and resources of protected areas, intensifying wildlife crime and trafficking. Suspicion between governments for supporting counter militia groups negatively affects collaboration and coordination efforts for conservation of biodiversity leading to weakened transboundary collaboration Institutions.
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