Gishwati-Mukura National Park Ten-Year Management Plan Validation Workshop

Kigali, 12 May 2017. The Albertine Rift Conservation Society has been facilitating the development of the fourth and new Rwanda national park- Gishwati-Mukura National Park. After different consultations with different stakeholders, the latter met at Umubano Hotel on 12th May 2017 to validate the final draft GMNP Management Plan and Three-year Activity Plan.

The stakeholders gathered to check and analyse the accuracy and effectiveness of the document contents and provide any comment to be addressed before the final document is submitted for the approval. The Park’s Ten-Year Management Plan document state the purpose for the park, vision that the stakeholders have for the future of the park, and present the key zones for the park management. The document also presents the purpose, objectives and activities of the management programmes.

“Gishwati-National Park is not for RDB nor for the government authorities, the park is for all Rwandans and the Universe. It was not enough to have ARCOS alone to work on the Management Plan but we involved all stakeholders because at the end of the day, the park will be effectively managed by all stakeholders together”, said Mr Telesphore Ngoga opening the validation workshop on behalf of Rwanda Development Board.

“Gishwati-Mukura National Park is a very important Area for biodiversity conservation. We need to work together and make it a Protected Area that meet the needs of people. We thank you for your contribution and collaboration throughout the development of this Ten-year Management Plan”, said Dr Sam Kanyamibwa, Executive Director of the Albertine Rift Conservation Society.

We will share the final document after addressing some comments received during the validation workshop.