Gishwati-Mukura forests confirmed the 4th National Park
Gishwati-Mukura forest axis, part of the Congo Nile Basin has been confirmed the 4th National Park expected to boost tourism other environmental benefits including research and conservation.
The government of Rwanda recently confirmed the law nº45/2015 of 15/10/2015 setting Gishwati-Mukura forest as the National Park and was published in the official Gazette on 1st February, 2016. The new National Park is located in Rutsiro and Ngororero districts of Western Province with a total area of 3,558 hectares—Gishwati, 1,570 and Mukura with 1,988 hectares. The 6th article of the law indicates that Gishwati-Mukura National Park be secured by the agency in charge of National Parks.
While presenting the project to the parliamentary committee of education, culture and youth in May 2015, the minister of Natural Resources, Vincent Biruta said that this park will benefit the country in many ways. “Not only will the park contribute to the preservation of ecosystem and environment but will as well increase receipts generated from tourism sector,” he said.
The park has a rich endowment of flora and fauna including monkeys, baboons and other small animals. It also has over 60 tree species. It was categorized a preservation site in 1933. Gishwati-Mukura forest becomes the additional National park to three existing Akagera National park, Virunga National park and Nyungwe National Park.
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