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New Treaty To Boost Protection Of Gorillas In Offing

The long awaited Greater Virunga Transboundary Collaboration treaty will obligate the three governments to work together against threats to these animals.
A new treaty to boost the protection of gorillas along the borders of Uganda, Rwanda and DR Congo is to be signed next week.

The long awaited Greater Virunga Transboundary Collaboration treaty, will obligate the three governments to work together against threats to these animals.

It specifies efforts on which the governments need to collaborate. These include combating poaching, developing legal framework and commit funds to wildlife conservation in Virunga National Park.

Ministers from the three countries will sign the treaty in Kinshasha during the transboundary meeting slated for September 21, 2015.

“Once the transboundary collaboration is enhanced by the Treaty, Greater Virunga Transboundary Collaboration Secretariat will more than ever pursue its conservation mission, by implementing its Strategic plan,” the communiqué says.

The treaty aims to breathe new life into an arrangement involving rangers from Uganda, Rwanda and DR Congo signed 19 years ago, to protect the remaining mountain gorilla population found in Virunga National Park and other wildlife species.

The animals roam between the Virunga Massif in Uganda, DR Congo and Rwanda. 

The rangers started the collaboration after realising that the movement of the wildlife could not be restricted and therefore, monitoring them across the borders was not easy for them.

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