Kigali (Rwanda), Serena Hotel, 26 Nov. 2018. GVTC, in partnership with the Office of the Special Envoy of the UN Secretary General for the Great Lakes region, organized the it’s first coalition building conference for peace and security and shared natural resources management in the Greater Virunga Landscape (GVL) in the Great Lakes region.
Participants were from the GVTC partner states (DRC, Rwanda, and Uganda), UN funds and agencies, multilateral, bilateral and civil society and conservation organizations.
While the resource richness of GVL offers great opportunities, it is also a source of threats and conflicts. Poaching, illegal fishing, timber harvesting and charcoal burning, coupled with porous borders, has made the GVL a transit route for trafficking in ivory and other forms of illicit trade.
The Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Kigali and the Office of the Special Envoy of the UN Secretary General for the Great Lakes region acknowledge that GVTC plays a central role in the coordination, information generation and sharing, and brokering/mediation of state and non-state actors in ensuring good governance of the GVL natural resources and equitable sharing of the benefits arising from these natural resources. GVTC addresses this way the major underlying causes for the conflicts and insecurity in the Virunga region.
This conference aimed at establishing a Partners’ coalition for peace and security as well as for the institutional sustainability of GVTC, an intergovernmental organization coordinating conservation efforts within the Greater Virunga Landscape shared by the three Partner States.
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