Rwanda New official decree with the Wildlife Conservation Society
WCS’s goal is to conserve the world’s greatest wilderness in 14 priority regions that are home to more than 50% of the world’s biodiversity. A presidential decree authorizing WCS to have a headquarters in Rwanda was published in the Official Gazette dated December 31, 2021, according to a report from Kigali.
The Wildlife Conservation Society will be permitted to have infrastructure in Rwanda, including buildings, land, equipment, offices, laboratories and other facilities that will help it fulfill its obligations under the agreement signed by the two parts.
The agreement also stipulates that the equipment that WCS will need in its daily work will be eligible for tax exemption and that the Rwandan government will facilitate the work of Visa for its international staff in Rwanda. These workers and their families will enjoy the same immunity and opportunities as others at the local level, according to the report.
WCS’s presence in Rwanda will help implement wildlife conservation projects in other countries to address the impacts of climate change. The organization also conducts research on biodiversity, cross-border conservation and biodiversity activities, and identifies solutions to issues that threaten natural resources.
Founded in 1895, in the United States of America (USA), WCS is a non-governmental organization (NGO) headquartered in New York.
A Rwandan cabinet meeting in December last year approved the nomination of Nyungwe National Park as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Nyungwe Park is worth $4.8 billion in value and feeds 2 of the largest rivers in the world – the Congo and the Nile. It is also the source of at least 70 percent of Rwanda’s fresh water.
The conservation and climate resilience project titled “Building Resilience of Vulnerable Communities to Climate Variability in the Congo-Nile Division of Rwanda through Forest and Landscape Restoration” will be implemented around Nyungwe National Park , Volcanoes National Park and Gishwati-Mukura National Park.
The landscape of Gishwati-Mukura has already been internationally recognized after being designated a biosphere reserve by UNESCO, while the volcano national park known for its mountain gorillas was designated a biosphere reserve many years ago.