Recognising Gishwati-Mukura as a biosphere reserve will foster economic development in the region while raising the country’s profile as a tourist destination, according to officials.
Biosphere reserves promote sustainable development, especially by involving the population living around in their management, conservation, and research on the interaction of human and nature, as explained by Leatitia Busokeye, the Director of Research, Environmental Planning at Rwanda Environment Management Authority (REMA).
“Inducting Gishwati-Mukura a biosphere reserve increases national and international recognition of the site as a good place to live, to work, and to visit,” said Busokeye.
Gishwati Mukura, which also consists of a national park, joined Rwanda’s Volcanoes in a network of more than 700 other biosphere reserves globally.
The landscape features larger Gishwati and smaller Mukura forests, a buffer zone and residence area.
Source: The New Times