Protecting Nyungwe National Park in Rwanda

Timeframe: 2020 – 2021
Country/Region: Rwanda
Partner: African Parks

Nyungwe National Park, one of Africa’s largest and oldest protected Afro-montane forests, is a place of spectacular natural beauty and, until recently, an ecotourism destination of global significance. The park feeds two of the world’s largest rivers, the Congo and the Nile, and provides Rwanda with 70% of the country’s freshwater. Despite ongoing and increased efforts to preserve the park, a growing number of pressures threaten the park’s natural resources including the encroachment of unsustainable agricultural practices, poaching and other forms of illegal resource extraction such as mining.

In October 2020, African Parks signed a 20 years management agreement with the Rwanda Development Board (RDB). Together, they will work closely with the local communities to implement an effective law enforcement strategy and restore and protect wildlife to ensure the long-term ecological, social and economic sustainability of the park.

The project’s expected outcomes are the following:

  • Ensure that the park has the necessary infrastructure required for effective management.
  • Ensure area integrity through effective law enforcement.
  • Promote conservation and research to understand and monitor local flora and fauna.
  • Strengthen existing partnerships and develop new relationships with local authorities, the private sector and civil society.
  • Expand eco and community-based tourism offers and attract investment to unlock their economic potential.

Funding from Fondation Segré will contribute to two of these objectives, namely the infrastructure development and law enforcement activities in the park.