From the informal interactions of park staff across borders to the pending legalization of the Greater Virunga Transboundary Collaboration, these are the milestones in transboundary collaboration:
28 June 2018: Extraordinary Council Ministers Meeting, Kigali (Rwanda)
5 April 2018: First GVTC Council Ministers Meeting (DRC, Rwanda and Uganda), held in Kigali, Rwanda.
30 Oct. 2015: Signing of the Treaty the Greater Virunga Transboundary Collaboration on Wildlife Conservation and Tourism Development, by the 3 Partner States
2015: Signing of a 3 year funding agreement (Aug’15-Jul’18) between GVTC and the Ministry of Foreign Trade & Development Cooperation of the Netherlands, through the Netherlands Embassy in Kigali, Rwanda (USD 3,875,000), Kigali 28th August 2015;
2015: Consultations and negations between Experts from the three partner States to harmonize views and comments on the dratf of the Greater Virunga Transboundary Collaboration Treaty, at Legacy Hotel, in Kigali, 19th-21st March & 13th-14th May 2015;
2015: Start point of collaboration & partnership between GVTC and Clemson University (USA) aimed at GVTC reinforcing so that it may become an information center of excellence for decision-makers, managers, researchers and other stakeholders for conservation in the Greater Virunga Lanscape;
2014-2015: Active participation into regional and international conferences organized by Congo Basin Forest Partnership (CBFP);
2014: The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) through the International Consortium on Combating Wildlife Crime (ICCWC) acknowledged the progress made by GVTC in natural resources and biodiversity conservation in the Greater Virunga Landscape;
2013: Signing of an agreement between GVTC and the Government of Rwanda aimed at establishing the Head Quarters of GVTC Executive Secretariat in Kigali (Rwanda);
2011: Legalization of the Greater Virunga Transboundary Collaboration through a treaty signed by the Heads of State of the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Republic of Rwanda and the Republic of Uganda. This milestone is the process and signatures are pending;
2010: The Five-year Transboundary Strategic Plan is elaborated and refined;
2009: The Greater Virunga Transboundary Collaboration is institutionalized through the Inter-Ministerial Boad (DRC, Rwanda &Uganda);
2008: Rubavu Ministerial Declaration for the Greater Virunga Transboundary Collaboration ;
2008: Establishment of a fully functioning Executive Secretariat, temporarily based in Kigali (Rwanda), to coordinate the implementation of the 10-Year Transboundary Strategic Plan;
2007: Procurement of four years of funding from the Kingdom of the Netherlands to implement the Transboundary Collaboration and support revenue sharing and conservation enterprises across the Greater Virunga Lanscape;
2006: Ten-Year Transboundary Strategic Plan authorizing the establishment of a permanent secretariat;
2006: Tripartite Memorandum of Understanding between the three Protected Areas Authorities on the Collaborative Conservation of the Greater Albertine Rift Transboundary protected Area Network;
2005: Tripartite Memorandum of Understanding of Goma on Tourism Revenue Sharing from the Transboundary Gorilla Tourism Groups;
2004: Trilateral Memorandum of Understanding between the three Protected Areas Authorities on the Collaborative Conservation of the Central Albertine Rift Transboundary Protected Area Network.
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