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Uganda, Rwanda and Congo to protect gorillas and boost tourism

Staff writer |
The Minister of Tourism and antiquities, Maria Mutagamba has signed a regional agreement to promote gorilla conservation in three countries namely Uganda, Rwanda and Congo.

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The three countries share the only remaining population of mountain gorillas estimated at 880 globally.

The regional agreement will also help to promote research and tourism as well as sharing of revenue where gorillas cross from one country to another.

“We are happy that the three countries have concluded a treaty that advances conservation of the highly endangered species,” Mutagamba said before signing the Virunga Trans boundary Collaboration treaty in the Ministry boardroom at Rwenzori Courts in Kampala.

The agreement was signed by the respective ministers of tourism and conservation in DR Congo and Rwanda on September 22nd. The Congolese Government has allocated $100,000, which is a mandatory contribution from each of the three countries to implement the agreement.

“We should make this self-sustaining through gorilla tourism,” said Mutagamba, adding that the countries need to increase the visibility of gorillas and that this could be done through the Virunga Day so that gorillas are known internationally.

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