tourism and conservation
Wildlife also plays critical ecological functions that are important for the interconnected web of life supporting systems, in addition to its socio-cultural and aesthetic values. Rwanda’s wildlife protected areas significantly contribute to the production of global public goods and services, such as protection of biodiversity, climate stabilization, carbon sequestration and global waters. Rwanda’s major rivers originate or flow through wildlife-protected areas. Nyungwe National Park is known as the furthest source of the Nile.
Achievements in Wildlife Conservation
Considerable gains and progress have been achieved over the last years. With better management and protection, community and regional and international partnerships, prominent conservation achievements have been realized.
Revenues from parks and eco-parks tourism steadily increased, making significant contributions to the national economy and to local livelihoods of the communities neighboring the parks through different created community based projects and infrastructures such as hospitals, schools and water provision, in order to increase the social welfare of the surrounding communities. This policy seeks to address the challenges and build on the achievements in order to move wildlife conservation in Rwanda to a higher possible next level.