Rwanda’s eco-tourism industry is one of the fastest growing sectors of the economy, and has shown significant potential for future growth. According to Rwanda’s Fifth National Report (5NR) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), and its State of the Environment and Outlook Report 2015, Rwanda’s tourism activities are concentrated in protected areas, particularly in its national parks. The tourism sector fetched USD $438 million in revenues in 2017, up from USD $404 million in the previous year.
Click here https://goo.gl/Q8Q3vQ to read how eco-tourism related policies and programs introduced by the government of Rwanda are harnessing socio-economic and ecological benefits, particularly for local communities living around protected areas and nature reserves.
Some of the key lessons learned include:
- National level policies and programs which promote eco-tourism are vital;
- Private sector engagement can bring funding, expertise and innovation to the tourism sector;
- Enhancing transboundary biodiversity management can support landscape level conservation;
- Revenue-sharing schemes, which fund socio-economic activities benefiting local communities living around the national parks, are vital for sustainable development; and
- Tourism is a cross-cutting industry, capable of achieving several U.N. Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), both by contributing to biodiversity conservation, and by developing a green economy and stimulating trade.
This best practice has been repurposed from Rwanda's 5th National Reprot to the Convention on Biological Diversity, and Rwanda's State of the Environment and Outlook Report 2015. Click here https://goo.gl/Q8Q3vQ to read more.