Rwanda has confirmed that their preparations to sign a new comprehensive trans boundary wildlife management treaty with Congo DR and Uganda are completed from their side, now awaiting the neighbours to catch up and come to the table to put pen to paper. The new agreement, according to Ms. Rica Rwigamba, Head of the Rwanda Development Boards Tourism and Conservation division, the new agreement will cover extensive components such as research, monitoring, anti-poaching, community sensitization, tourism product development and planned interventions. Harmonization of policies, laws and regulations too are urgently required it was pointed out to more effectively deal with for instance cross border poaching, smuggling of wildlife products and life game, birds and reptiles.
It was learned from a source in Kigali that internal discussions by ICCN, the Institute of Congo for the Conservation of Nature are apparently at an advanced stage while no information could be obtained to that effect about preparation levels at the Uganda Wildlife Authority, which continues to suffer the fallout from multiple staff changes at the top and the Damocles Sword hanging over UWA in form of the final report of the Commission of Enquiry itself a mess according to the latest information available and very likely to produce two reports instead of one due to serious divisions within its ranks.
Be that as it may, Rwanda seems to once again lead conservation in the region and little surprise that is.