Uganda Signs Treaty To Protect Virunga Gorillas

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Tourism Minister, Maria Mutagamba says by signing the Virunga Trans boundary Collaboration treaty, Uganda is committed to protecting the highly endangered mountain gorillas.

Uganda has finally signed the Greater Virunga Trans-boundary Collaboration treaty that operationalizes joint efforts to protect Virunga gorillas.
 
The Minister of Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities, Dr. Maria Mutagamba signed the treaty on Friday. She had missed an earlier session where her counterparts from Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda signed the treaty in Kinshasha a month ago.

The Greater Virunga Trans-boundary Collaboration treaty allows the three governments to work together against threats to the mountain gorillas in Virunga.

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

Mutagamba says by signing the treaty, Uganda is committed to protecting the highly endangered mountain gorillas. More than half of the world gorillas are found in Uganda.

Executive Secretary of the Greater Virunga Trans-boundary Collaboration, Georges Muamba Tshibasu says the signing by Uganda completes the process of the commitments made by the three countries. Muamba says it boosts the efforts that started in 1991 by the rangers in protecting the mountain gorillas.

Muamba says the transboundary collaboration has had challenges with funding from the three governments, because there was no legal framework to compel them to fund activities.