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27 March 2017
Netherlands Initiative for Capacity Building in High Education On Monday 27th, 2017, GVTC, in partnership with the consortium institutions on NICHE Project from Search for Common Ground, Vrije Uniniversiteit Amsterdamn and Ghent University, organized a 3-days workshop on the above mentioned project at Muhabura Hotel, in Musanze(Rwanda). Participants to (...) read more
27 March 2017
Workshop on the Lakes Edward and Albert Integrated Fisheries and Water Resources Management The Greater Virunga Transboundary Collaboration (GVTC) was invited to participate in LEAF Project workshop (Lakes Edward and Albert Integrated Fisheries and Water Resources Management), organized in Rubavu (Rwanda),from the 14th to the 15th March 2017, by LELSAP, Zero Basin Initiative to (...) read more
21 March 2017
Field visit of GVTC interventions aimed at human-animal conflicts mitigating within the Greater Virunga Landscape. The “zero poaching” workshop organized by GVTC from the 14 th to 15th March 2017 in Musanze for conservation state agencies and international organizations was followed by a field visit to Rwandan and Congolese protected areas in order to understand the local realities related to conflicts (...) read more
18 March 2017
Zero Poaching Workshop On the 15th March 2015, at Garden Place Hotel in Musanze, GVTC organized a two-day workshop on “zero poaching”. The main objective of this workshop was to initiate a systematic collaboration approach to stop poaching at the Greater Virunga Landscape level and allow key stakeholders to buy in and (...) read more
11 March 2017
Workshop for the harmonization of wildlife crime related to policies and laws in the Greater Virunga Landscape. From the 6th to the 7th March 2017, GVTC organized a workshop in Entebbe (Uganda), aiming at sharing results of the study conducted by its Secretariat on Harmonization of Policies, Laws and Regulations related to Wildlife Crimes within the Greater Virunga Landscape(GVL). This study was (...) read more
20 February 2017
GVTC facilitates cross-border security meeting On the 17th February 2017, in Kisoro District (Uganda), at Bam Guest House, GVTC has facilitated cross-border security meeting between Kisoro District in Uganda and neighboring districts of DRC. About fifty participants from political and administrative leaders, police and army delegations (...) read more
6 February 2017
Consultancy opportunities at GVTC 1.Termes de références pour la conception de la base de données sur les espèces, développement de l’information générale pour le plan de gestion transfrontalière du Paysage du Grand Virunga — - Terms of Reference for the species database design, development of information generation for GVL (...) read more
12 January 2017
Regional Technical Committees Meeting in charge on Landscape Management & Law Enforcement From the 9th to 13th January 2017, at Ihusi Hotel in Goma(North-Kivu/DRC), GVTC organizes a regional workshop on the landscape management & law enforcement within the Greater Virunga Landscape. This workshop is complementary to the previous one held in Musanze last December 2016 focused on (...) read more
5 January 2017
Launch of Water4Virungas Project in Great Lakes region trough the Netherlands Funds MDF Training & Consultancy and partners launch four year Water4Virungas in Great Lakes region. Water4Virungas is a four year programme to increase access to water and improved watershed management supported by the Embassy of the Netherlands in Rwanda.and implemented through Greater Virunga (...) read more
22 December 2016
Tourism Development & Community Conservation Regional Committees Meetings From the 19th to the 23rd December 2016, at La Palme Hotel in Musanze(Rwanda), GVTC organizes an important workshop on tourism development and community conservation within the Greater Virunga Landscape (GVL). Different participants at this workshop are from the three member countries of GVL, (...) read more
21 December 2016
Gender Mainstreaming in Natural Resources Management within the Greater Virunga Landscape In December 2016, GVTC staff conducted needs assessment in natural resources management of her partner institutions in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Rwanda & Uganda. This was to assess their (i) awareness about gender issues; (ii)their policy on gender in natural resource (...) read more
18 December 2016
UN Biodiversity Conference results in significant commitments for action on biodiversity 18 December 2016 - Governments agreed on actions that will accelerate implementation of global biodiversity targets, and enhance the linkage of the biodiversity agenda with other global agendas including the Sustainable Development Goals, the Paris Climate Agreement and (...) read more
29 November 2016
CITES Secretary-General’s opening remarks at the Livelihoods Workshop, 23 November 2016, George, South Africa Opening remarks by Mr John E. Scanlon, CITES Secretary-General 23 November 2016, George, South Africa Deputy Director-General, Mr Shonisani Munzhedzi, Distinguished guests and friends and colleagues from CITES Parties and international organizations, Good morning to you all! Let me start by (...) read more
28 November 2016
mkutano maalumu ya inchi zinapoungana katika Congo Basin Forest Partnership(CBFP) Tangu siku 21November hapa Kigali kumeanza mkutano maalumu ya inchi zinapoungana katika Congo Basin Forest Partnership(CBFP), yaana inchi zinapoungana katika ushirika ya misitu iliyo kandokando ya Congo. Wenyi memba wa CBFP ni wale wa kikundi yingine inapojulikana kwa jina la COMIFAC, yaani (...) read more
21 November 2016
Marrakech Action Proclamation for our Climate and Sustainable Development We, Heads of State, Government, and Delegations, gathered in Marrakech, on African soil, for the High-Level Segment of the 22nd Session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, the 12th Session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the (...) read more
18 November 2016
Africa Day at COP22: African leaders demonstrate commitment and action to address climate change Kigali, 17 Nov.(RNA) - African Heads of State and Government marked Africa Day in the Africa Pavilion at the UNFCCC 22nd Conference of Parties (COP22) yesterday with focused and strategic discussion on the ratification and roll out of the implementation of the Paris Agreement and the key (...) read more
8 November 2016
COP 22 in Marrakech/Morocco The 22nd Conference of Parties (COP 22) is held in Marrakech (Morocco) from the 7-18th November 2016 under the United Nations and is focused on the theme “Climate Changes”. The COP 22 follows the previous one held in last year whose agreement entered into force on the 4th November 2016. COP 22 (...) read more
2 November 2016
Message from the Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity By 2050, an estimated 6.3 billion people will inhabit the world’s towns and cities – an increase of 3.5 billion from 2010. Our planet will have undergone the largest and fastest period of urban expansion in human history, with major implications for the use of natural resources. Recent studies (...) read more
31 October 2016
1st Asian Conference on Biocultural Diversity Promotes Strengthening Links between biological and cultural diversity 29 OCTOBER 2016 – The 1st Asian Conference on Biocultural Diversity, held from 27-29 October in Nanao City, Ishikawa Prefecture, Japan, produced a regional Declaration on Biocultural Diversity and an annex of practical actions that can be taken at different levels to strengthen the links (...) read more
27 October 2016
Man arrested with 15kg of hippo teeth Written by URN ; Created: 26 October 2016 The impounded hippo teeth Police in the western district of Rubirizi have arrested a 38-year-old man with 32 pieces of hippopotamus teeth. The teeth weigh 15 kilogrammes. Hussein Seka, 38, a businessman from Kasese town, was arrested on a tipoff (...) read more
26 October 2016
Reinforcing the collaboration between Virunga National Park and Volcanoes National Park On the 21st October 2016, GVTC organized a special consultation at Rubavu aiming at reinforcing the collaboration between Virunga National Park (VNP) and Volcanoes National Park (VNP). This meeting was chaired by Dr Muamba Tshibasu Georges, the GVTC Executive Secretary and attended by Mr. (...) read more
25 October 2016
GVTC Technical Designate Meeting On the 25th October 2016, at GVTC Headquarters, GVTC has organized a Technical Designate Meeting that generally takes place one day before the Board of Directors meeting. Indeed, this is planned for the 26th October 2016, in Kigali (Rwanda). Participants at this meeting are Technical Designates (...) read more
19 October 2016
African Elephant Coalition at cites meeting in Johannesburg JOHANNESBURG, 3 OCTOBER – A proposal for a permanent ban on international trade in elephant ivory was defeated, but two opposing proposals which would have allowed ivory to be traded legally on a global scale in the future were also roundly rejected today at the 17th Conference of the Parties (...) read more
19 October 2016
Job opportunity at GVTC: Accountant Position Dear interested accountants, GVTC is calling for interested and qualified accountants to submit their letters of intent, CV, copies of qualification certificates, etc. by November 7th , 2016 (5PM Central Africa Time). The Terms of Reference (ToRs) for this position are available at (...) read more
17 October 2016
Historic amendment to the Montreal Protocol adopted in Kigali, giving renewed hope in fight against climate change Kigali, 15 Oct. (RNA) - An ambitious amendment to the Montreal Protocol has passed at the 28th Meeting of the Parties to the Protocol in Rwanda. The Kigali Amendment is the most significant climate mitigation step the world has taken since the ratification of the Paris Agreement. The historic (...) read more
11 October 2016
GVTC Staff trained on Gender mainstreaming in Conservation From the 10th to the 11th October 2016 GVTC are attending a special training focused on the gender mainstreaming in conservation, at Quiet Haven Hotel, in Nyarutarama, Kigali (Rwanda). The main objectives of this two –day training are as follows: understanding the gender concepts, towards a (...) read more
3 October 2016
Advert of Supply of Assorted Equipment for GVTC Centre of Excellence GVTC invites interested providers to submit their bids for supply of the assorted equipment whose specifications are contained in annex 1 to these bids. read more
27 September 2016
Advert for conducting in-depth studies in GVL Dear interested consultants, GVTC is calling for interested and qualified consultants to submit their proposals for conducting in-depth studies on impact of climate change, oil and water industries’ on long-term behavioral changes of wildlife in the Greater Virunga Landscape. Terms of (...) read more
24 September 2016
World Tourism Day 27th Sept2016“Tourism for All: Promoting Universal Accessibility Biodiversity, the variety of life on Earth, provides us with a wealth of natural resources that are extremely important for the tourism sector. Biodiversity underpins places of beauty that are so often popular tourist destinations, such as tropical forests, coast beaches and national parks, (...) read more
5 September 2016
Advert for Auditing Services in GVTC: 1st Aug2015- 31st July 2016 Greater Virunga Transboundary Collaboration (GVTC) is a mechanism for strategic transboundary collaborative management of the Greater Virunga landscape established in 2008. It is an inter- state Agency formed by a treaty signed between three countries, namely; DRC, Rwanda and Uganda with its (...) read more
30 August 2016
Second Kwita Izina Conversation on Conservation The Second Kwita Izina Conversation on Conservation is held at Kigali Conference and Exhibition Village, in Kigali (Rwanda), from the 29th to the 30th August 2016. Experts and stakeholders from Rwanda and several foreign countries are discussing and debating to find solutions to the (...) read more
18 August 2016
Planning Meeting for the Second Year of Conserving the Greater Virunga Project From the 17th to the 18th August, GVTC organized a two-day meeting at Juru Park, in Kikondo to review the first year performance of Conserving the Greater Virunga (CGV) Project, make staff members understand the second year annual operation plan, and develop quarterly plans for two quarters (...) read more
13 August 2016
Validation Workshop of Water4Virunga Under Elaboration Project From the 10th to the 11th August, GVTC organizes a validation workshop of Water4Virunga Under Elaboration Project, at Lake Kivu Serena Hotel, in Rubavu (Rwanda). Participants are from different state institutions, non-governmental, research institutes, etc. of the three countries and attained (...) read more
7 August 2016
Meeting of GVTC Executive Secretary and the Minister of Water and Environment, of the Republic of Uganda on 4th August 2016. On Thursday, 4th August 2016, Dr. Muamba Tshibasu Georges, GVTC Executive Secretary accompanied by Ms. Grace Kyomuhendo Byaruhanga, Deputy Executive Secretary for Administration and Finance, Mr. James Byamukama Programs Manager and Mr. Juvénal Mukeshimana, Executive Secretary Assistant were (...) read more
5 August 2016
Meeting of GVTC Executive Secretary and the Minister of Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities of the Republic of Uganda. On Thursday, 4th August 2016, Dr. Muamba Tshibasu Georges, GVTC Executive Secretary accompanied by Ms. Grace Kyomuhendo Byaruhanga, Deputy Executive Secretary for Administration and Finance; Mr. James Byamukama , Programs Manager , and Mr. Juvénal Mukeshimana, Executive Secretary Assistant, (...) read more
30 July 2016
GVTC Centre of Excellence Launch From the 28th to the 29th July 2016, the Greater Virunga Transboundary Collaboration (GVTC), organized a two-day workshop focused on the formulation and implementation of the Center of Excellence for the Greater Virunga Landscape (GVL). This workshop held at the Imperial Golf View Hotel in (...) read more
25 July 2016
Climate Change Strategy Validation and development of Implementation Plan Workshop Entebbe (Uganda), 25 July 2016. From the 25th to the 26th July 2016, the Greater Virunga Transboundary Collaboration (GVTC), launched a two day-workshop for its climate change validation and the development of implementation plan within the Greater Virunga Landscape (GVL) which covers the (...) read more
24 July 2016
Terms of reference for conducting in-depth studies of impact of climate change, oil and water industries’ on long-term behavioural changes in wildlife in the greater Virunga landscape have been withdrawn Dear researchers and partners We kindly inform you that the Terms of reference for conducting in-depth studies of impact of climate change, oil and water industries’ on long-term behavioral changes in wildlife in the greater Virunga landscape have been withdrawn and will be submitted later. (...) read more
22 July 2016
Report: Vietnam Among World’s Biggest Illegal Ivory Markets Nairobi- Conservation group Save the Elephants says Vietnam is one of the world’s biggest illegal markets, becoming popular among Chinese buyers. The group says in the past eight years the number of ivory items for sale has increased more than six times. Ivory demand high in China, Vietnam. (...) read more
21 July 2016
Meeting on Harmonization of Area Based Rules in the Greater Virunga Landscape On the 21st July 2016, GVTC started a two-day meeting at Le Palme Hotel in Musanze (Rwanda) that aims at harmonizing area based rules in the Greater Virunga Landscape. Participants attending this meeting are Chief Wardens, Community Conservation Area Managers, Law Enforcement and Monitoring (...) read more
18 July 2016
Call for bids: Supply of Assorted Equipments for Centre of Excellence The Greater Virunga Transboundary Collaboration (GVTC) is a coordination mechanism of a strategic and transboundary management of the Greater Virunga Landscape (GVL) in the Central Albertine Rift (CAR). wich goal is to improved conservation of species, habitats, and ecological services (...) read more
12 July 2016
Inside the Fight to Save One of the World’s Most Dangerous Parks To these young men raised in poverty, that Virunga’s tremendously fertile soil, its trees, and its creatures should be protected by law for the viewing pleasure of well-off tourists struck them as a grave injustice. They were swept into a militia known as M23, which touted a host of grievances (...) read more
12 July 2016
Echange d’expérience entre GVTC et le Centre d’Excellence sur la Biodiversité & Gestion des Ressources Naturelles. Ce 12 juillet 2016, aux Quartiers Généraux de GVTC, GVTC a organisé une rencontre avec deux membres du personnel du Centre d’Excellence sur la Biodiversité & Gestion des Ressources Naturelles de l’Université du Rwanda (CoEB). Madame Beth Kaplin, Directrice a.i. du Centre et Madame Jeannette (...) read more
12 July 2016
Experience Exchange between GVTC and the Center of Excellence in Biodiversity & Natural Resources Management On the 12th July 2016, at GVTC Headquarters, GVTC held a meeting with two staff members of the Center of Excellence in Biodiviersity (CoEB) & Natural Resources Management of the University of Rwanda. Mrs Beth Kaplin, the Acting Director of the CoEB, and Mrs Jeannette Batamuliza, the (...) read more
5 July 2016
Supporting gender-responsive biodiversity conservation in Uganda Montreal, 4 July 2016 – Uganda, a country renowned for its rich biodiversity, is taking strides to integrate gender considerations into its national policies, plans and programmes to implement its obligations under the Convention and the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020. The efforts by (...) read more
22 June 2016
Africa’s Blue Economy: An opportunity not to be missed By Carlos Lopes Africa’s "Blue word" is made of vast lakes and rivers and an extensive ocean resource base. Thirty-eight of the fifty-four African States are coastal States. More than 90 percent of Africa’s imports and exports are conducted by sea and some of the most strategic gateways for international trade (...) read more
22 June 2016
Law enforcement and security for effective conservation within the Greater Virunga Landscape On Monday the 20th June 2016, at La Palme Hotel in Musanze(Rwanda), GVTC held its regular meeting with chiefs warden park of the Greater Virunga Landscape(GVL), shared by DRC, Rwanda, and Uganda, three member countries of the Transboundary Collaboration, GVTC staff members, and other (...) read more
20 June 2016
Job opportunity at GVTC : Consultancy TERMS OF REFERENCE FOR SURVEY ON CONFLICT ON NATURAL RESOURCES ACCESS IN THE GREATER VIRUNGA LANDSCAPE. TERMES DE REFERENCE DE L’ENQUETE SUR LE CONFLICT D’ACCES AUX RESSOURCES DANS LE PAYSAGE DU GRAND VIRUNGA. Notice: The deadline for submitting proposals for the current consultancy has been (...) read more
8 June 2016
European Union Delegation to Rwanda visits GVTC On the 7th June 2016, Dr Georges Muamba Tshibasu, the Executive Secretary of GVTC received Mr Arnayd de Vanssay, Rural Development Team Leader and Mr Machiels Olivier, Programme Officer, Climate Change Focal Point and Delegation Evaluation Correspondent of European Commission, (...) read more
4 June 2016
Celebration of the World Environment Day 2016 En marge de la Conférence de la COP 21 portant sur le Changement climatique tenue en décembre 2015, le Directeur Exécutif du Programme des Nations Unies sur l’Environnement(UNEP), Mr Achim Steiner a annoncé que les célébrations de la Journée Mondiale de l’Environnement (JME) de 2016 seront focalisées (...) read more
26 May 2016
Closing Ceremony of the Mountain Gorillas Census On Tuesday the 24th May 2016, the International Gorilla Conservation Program (IGCP) and its partners organized a closing ceremony of the Mountain Gorillas Census 2015/2016 of within the Virunga Massif at Muhabura hotel, in Musanze(Rwanda). The Greater Virunga Transboundary Collaboration (GVTC) (...) read more
9 May 2016
Park rangers protect Congo’s people and ecosystems as war rages all around Virunga national park’s warden credits rangers with keeping mountain gorillas and visitors safe despite conflict fuelled by plunder of natural resources http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/may/08/congo-rangers-wildlife-gorillas-war (...) read more
6 May 2016
Annual Conservation Status Report Workshop in Kampala In January 2016, GVTC convened a two-day workshop in Entebbe (Uganda) on the development of key indicators to measure improvement within conservation of the Greater Virunga Landscape (GVL) where some indicators have been developed and the Technical Working Group (TWG) was established to (...) read more
28 April 2016
The Executive Secretary of ICGLR visits Greater Virunga Transboundary Collaboration On Wensday, the 27th April 2016, in the morning, the Greater Virunga Transboundary Collaboration (GVTC) was honored by the visit of Professor Alphonse Ntumba Luaba, the Executive Secratry of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR). It should be noticed that ICGLR is one (...) read more
13 April 2016
GVTC represented at the SEA training in Sweden. From the 29th February to the 18th March 2016, Mr. Fidele Ruzigandekwe, Deputy Executive Secretary in charge of Programs at GVTC, participated in an international training Program on Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) held in Gothenburg and Stockholm, in Sweden. This training was (...) read more
3 April 2016
Job opportunity at GVTC: Gender Expert Consultant The general objective for this proposed project is to recruit a gender expert for provision of technical support in terms of coaching, training and planning of GVTC staff and partners on gender analysis and integration in management of natural resources management in GVL. All proposals must be (...) read more
2 April 2016
GVTC Annual Activity Planning Meeting From the 30th to the 31st March 2016, GVTC is organizing the annual activity meeting at Ihusi Hotel in Goma for its staff members involved in the implementation of the Transboundary Strategic Plan in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda and Uganda. This two-day meeting aims at developing (...) read more
29 March 2016
Consultative meeting in Addis Ababa on Combating Illegal Exploitation and Illegal Trade in Wild Flora and Fauna in Africa. From the 22nd to the 23rd March 2016, in Addis Ababa (Ethiopia), the African Union Commission organized a consultative meeting on the implementation of the African Commission Strategy on combating illegal exploitation and illegal trade in wild flora and fauna in Africa. This meeting follows (...) read more
15 March 2016
Workshop on the GVTC Information Center of Excellence On the 14th March 2016, at La Palme Hotel in Musanze (Ruhengeri), GVTC organizes a two-day workshop to discuss with its partners form Clemson University (USA) the concept of the Information Center of Excellence intended to be implemented at GVTC this year. Dr Allan and Dr White are the Experts (...) read more
11 March 2016
IGCP Chairperson visited GVTC Executive Secretariat On the 2nd March 2016, Mr. Carlos Drews, the Chairperson of the IGCP Board( International Gorilla Conservation Program) accompanied by Mrs. Anna Behm, the IGCP Director, visited the GVTC headquarters in Nyarutarama(Kigali). The delegation was welcomed by Dr. Georges Muamba Tshibasu, the (...) read more
11 March 2016
GVTC participated in the Private Sector Investment Conference for the Great Lakes Region The Private Sector Investment Conference for the Great Lakes Region was hold at Pullman Hotel in Kinshasa, from the 24th and the 25th February 2016. This conference was co-organized by the Office of the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for the Great Lakes region and the Executive (...) read more
9 March 2016
Lake Edward Hydrological Survey Coordination Meeting Representatives of ITFC, OVG, INES and GVTC participated in this important meeting on the 8th March 2016 at INES Ruhengeri(Rwanda). This meeting started by a Lab Tour to visit places where water samples will be analyzed. The participants agreed up on the way forward to carry out this activity. (...) read more
Workshop aiming at developing a Policy Brief on Transboundary negative adverse impacts of Oil Exploration and Exploitation in the Greater Virunga Landscape. 27 January 2016
Workshop aiming at developing a Policy Brief on Transboundary negative adverse impacts of Oil Exploration and Exploitation in the Greater Virunga Landscape. From the 4th to the 5th February 2016, the Greater Virunga Transboundary Collaboration(GVTC) is organizing a workshop at Ihusi Hotel in Goma (North Kivu- DRC), on a hot topic related to “Towards Developing a Policy Brief on Transboundary Negative Adverse Impacts of Oil Exploration and (...) read more
14 January 2016
Workshop for designing data protocols for measure of success of conservation of the Greater Virunga Landscape On this 13th January 2016, at Imperial Resort Beach Hotel, in Entebbe- Uganda, experts from Governmental institutions, Conservations International Non-Government Organizations, Academic institutions and GVTC met for a two days’ workshop aiming at designing data protocols for measure of success (...) read more
11 January 2016
Workshop to design data protocols for measure of Success of Conservation of Greater Virunga Landscape. From the 12th to the 15th January 2016, at Imperial Resort Beach Hotel in Entebbe (Uganda), the Greater Virunga Transboundary Collaboration (GVTC) is organizing a workshop aimed at designing data protocols for measure of success of conservation of Greater Virunga Landscape (GVL). This workshop (...) read more
COP 21: Adoption of the Paris Agreement 12 December 2015
COP 21: Adoption of the Paris Agreement ADOPTION OF THE PARIS AGREEMENT Proposal by the President Draft decision -/CP.21 read more
3 December 2015
Great Lakes Experts Meeting on natural resources transboundary management From the 1st to the 2nd December 2015, Umubano Hotel in Kigali, the National Committee of the Netherlands through the Association pour la Conservation de la Nature au Rwanda (ACNR) on natural resources transboundary management. Participants from public and private sectors in natural resources (...) read more
20 November 2015
European Union Workshop on Wildlife Support in the Horn of Africa, Eastern and Southern Africa Region. On Friday 13 November 2015, the Greater Virunga Transboundary Collaboration (GVTC) was represented by Mr. James Byamuka, the GVTC Programs Manager, at the Regional Wildlife Stakeholders’ workshop held at Heron Portico Hotel, in Nairobi. The purpose of this workshop organized by the European (...) read more
19 November 2015
Internal workshop on oil exploration in the Virunga National Park On the 18th November 2015, at Quiet Haven Hotel in Nyarutarama (Kigali), the staff members of the Greater Virunga Transboundary Collaboration (GVTC) hold an internal meeting focused o the issue of oil exploration in the Virunga National Park (DRC) which is one of the World Heritage sites. This (...) read more
5 November 2015
The Executive Secretary of GVTC hands over the GVTC Treaty to H.E. Elvis Mutiri wa Bashara, Minister of Tourism of DRC. On the 4th November 2015, the Executive Secretary of the Greater Virunga Transboundary Collaboration (GVTC), Dr Georges Muamba Tshibasu, handed over to His Excellence Mr Elvis Mutiri wa Bashara, the Minister of Tourism in DRC, the GVTC Treaty fully signed by the three parties: the Democratic (...) read more
30 October 2015
GVTC Treaty signed by the Republic of Uganda The Treaty of the Greater Virunga Transboundary Collaboration (GVTC) signed on the 22nd September 2015 in Kinshasa by the Line Ministers of DRC & Rwanda has been finally signed by the Ugandan side, today on the 30th October 2015, in Kampala; the Republic of Uganda was represented by Hon. (...) read more
23 October 2015
Public Sharing of the Hydrological Study Findings in the Greater Virunga Landscape As announced last week through GVTC website, the public sharing of the results on the hydrological study conducted in the Greater Virunga Landscape by team researchers from DRC, Uganda and Rwanda was organized at Gorilla Lake Kivu Hotel in Rubavu on the 22nd October 2015. This study was (...) read more
22 October 2015
Annual Retreat of GVTC in Goma: Retrospective Glance and Roadmap for the coming years From the 14th to the 16th October 2015, the staff members of the Greater Virunga Transboundary Collaboration (GVTC) met at Ihusi Hotel in Goma (North Kivu) for their annual retreat. This annual meeting is the second one after that held in Bujumbura (Burundi) in January 2014, aimed at evaluating (...) read more
Public sharing of the results on the Hydrological Study 17 October 2015
Public sharing of the results on the Hydrological Study GVTC announces the workshop on the public sharing of the results on the Hydrological Study within the Greater Virunga Landscape (GVL). Among the GVL shared resources that should be strategically managed is water. Water is a valuable natural resource. It has important regulation, habitat, and (...) read more
7 October 2015
Commission Event, African Union, Addis Ababa ( Ethiopia) Mr. Fidele Ruzigandekwe, Deputy Executive Secretary of the Greater Virunga Transboundary Collaboration (GVTC) performed a mission held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on 17-19 September 2015 which followed the UNEP’s invitation addressed to GVTC and a request to make a presentation on the (...) read more
6 October 2015
Mountain Gorilla Census in Virunga Massif 2015 National park authorities in Rwanda, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) today began a new population census to determine how many mountain gorillas remain in the Virunga Massif. The census will be carried out collaboratively by scientists and national park authorities from all (...) read more
17 September 2015
GVTC Treaty Signing in Kinshasa, 22nd September 2015 GVTC Treaty Signing in Kinshasa, 22nd September 2015 State institutions in charge of protected areas in the three countries, namely the Republic of Rwanda, the Republic of Uganda, and the Democratic Republic of Congo are Rwanda Development Board (RDB), Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) and the (...) read more
29 July 2015
Two-day workshop for validating the findings of the hydrological study in the Greater Virunga Landscape The two-day workshop organized by GVTC (Greater Virunga Transboundary Collaboration) to validate hydrological research findings started on the 28th July 2015 at Stipphotel in Rubavu(Rwanda). The welcoming remarks were given by Mr. Abel Musana, Research & Monitor Warden at Volcanoes (...) read more
24 July 2015
Workshop to validate research findings on hydrological systems in the Greater Virunga Landscape. From the 28th to the 29th July 2015, in Rubavu(Rwanda), GVTC organizes a workshop aimed at validating research findings on the hydrological systems in the Greater Virunga Landscape. This research was sponsored by GVTC thanks to funds from the Kingdom of the Netherlands and was conducted by (...) read more
4 July 2015
The Greater Virunga Transboundary Collaboration presented to Journalists in Kampala From the 23rd to the 24th June 2015, at Mosa Courts Hotel in Kampala, journalists from media houses in Kampala were sensitized on the Transboundary collaboration aimed at conservation promoting in the Greater Virunga Landscape. The Greater Virunga Transboundary Collaboration (GVTC) is an (...) read more
Final Consultation on GVTC Treaty at Grant Legay in Kigali 14 May 2015
Final Consultation on GVTC Treaty at Grant Legay in Kigali From the 13th to the 14th May 2015 at Grant Legacy Hotel in Kigali (Rwanda), the Executive Secretariats of the Greater Virunga Transboundary Collaboration (GVTC) and the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) organized the final consultation meeting on the GVTC treaty for (...) read more
21 April 2015
Water Projects in Rugari and Kisigari in the North Kivu Province (DRC) On the 1st April 2015, GVTC has organized a field visit during a joint mission by the delegation the Netherlands Embassy in Kigali, in the North Province of DRC. This visit was organized by GVTC partners involved in water projects funded by the Netherlands. Thus, those projects were visited and (...) read more
9 April 2015
Field Visits of Water Scarcity Projects funded by GVTC in the Virunga Landscape On the 30th March 2015, a joint delegation from the Greater Virunga Transboundary Collaboration (GVTC) and the Netherlands Embassy in Kigali has visited the laboratory of INES (Institut d’Enseignement Supérieur) in Ruhengeri (Rwanda). Ms Brechtje Klandermans and Gaspar Ndagijimana, respectively (...) read more
23 March 2015
Closing of the Consultations on GVTC Treaty at Grand Legacy Hotel in Kigali On Saturday the 21st March 2015, , the Consultations on the Draft Treaty on the Greater Virunga Transboundary Collaboration on Wildlife Conservation and Tourism Development in the three partner states, i.e. Rwanda, Uganda & the Democratic Republic of Congo ended at Grand Legacy Hotel in (...) read more
19 March 2015
Meetings for endorsing the Greater Virunga Transboundary Collaboration Treaty The Greater Virunga Transboundary Collaboration (GVTC) in partnership with the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) has organized today a two-day meetings at Grand Legacy Hotel in Kigali(Rwanda) aimed at the GVTC Treaty comments harmonizing before this treaty may be (...) read more
Consultations on the GVTC Treaty Signing 18 March 2015
Consultations on the GVTC Treaty Signing From 19 th to 20th March 2015, Experts from Rwanda, Uganda & DRC will have tripartite consultations on the Treaty of the Greater Virunga Transboundary Collaboration (GVTC) at Grand Legacy Hotel in Kigali, Rwanda. These crucial sessions are organized by GVTC and the International Conference (...) read more
7 March 2015
GVTC Strategic meetings with Ugandan Key Partners for the Treaty Signing On the 6th March 2015, a GVTC delegation met with GVTC key-partners in Kampala (Uganda) to consolidate the collaboration between these partners and the GVTC. Dr Georges Muamba Tshibasu, the Executive Secretary of GVTC, Ms Grace Kyomuhendo, the Deputy Executive for Finance & Administration, (...) read more
5 March 2015
GVTC Delegation received by the Norway and the Netherlands Embassies in Kampala (Uganda) Thursday the 5th March 2015, in Kampala (Uganda), a GVTC delegation led by Dr Georges Muamba Tshibasu, the Executive Secretary of that intergovernmental institution has been received by the Counselors responsible for cooperation of the Norway and the Netherlands Embassies who are currently the (...) read more
2 March 2015
Law Enforcement and Security Committee Meeting at Gorilla Kivu Hotel in Rubavu. From the 3rd to the 4th March 2015, GVTC organizes a Law Enforcement and Security Committee Meeting at Gorilla Kivu Hotel in Rubavu (Rwanda). Participants are the committee designate members and invited experts in the fight against poaching from Protected Area Authorities of Rwanda, Uganda (...) read more
25 February 2015
GVTC Delegation received by the Embassy of the Republic of Korea in Kigali On the 24th February 2015, a delegation from the Greater Virunga Transboundary Collaboration (GVTC) was received by the Embassy of the Republic of Korea in Kigali (Rwanda). Dr Georges Muamba Tshibasu, the Executive Secretary of GVTC and his assistant, Mr. Juvenal Mukeshimana, were welcomed by (...) read more
24 February 2015
Strategic Environment Assessment held at GVTC Office in Kigali On the 23th February 2015, GVTC held a meeting on the Strategic Environment Assessment (SEA) in Kigali (Rwanda) at GVTC office. The training was funded by SIDA (Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency) and implemented by NIRAS and the Centre for Environment and Sustainability of (...) read more
11 February 2015
Strategic Environment Assessment Training On the 23rd February 2015, GVTC will be organizing a preparation seminar in Kigali on the Strategic Environment Assessment (SEA) Training for 18 months. The training is conducted in partnership with SIDA through a mentoring method in which participatory project will be developed. At the (...) read more
3 February 2015
Theory of Change workshop: final documents to participants Dear participants, GVTC has organized a two-day workshop from the 27th to the 28th January on the Theory of Change. Find attached the final documents to which you have greatly contributed. Your comments and feedbacks are welcome. GVTC Communication Service: vmbuhendwa@greatervirunga.org (...) read more
3 February 2015
GVTCTheory of Change: narrative final document Biodiversity conservation and PA management in the Greater Virunga landscape is hindered by political instability, inadequate coordination and collaboration between the countries (including the lack of harmonized policies, practices, and priorities), inadequate information and information (...) read more
28 January 2015
Workshop on the Theory of Change to sustain GVTC objectives achievement From the 27th to the 28th January 2015, GVTC organized a workshop at Lemigo Hotel in Kigali (Rwanda). The aim of this workshop is focused on the theory of change to bring together GVTC partners to determine how change can be made in the Greater Virunga Landscape to achieve the common goal in (...) read more
27 January 2015
Advertisement for GVTC Deputy Executive Secretary in Charge of Programs Position: Deputy Executive Secretary in Charge of Programs; Supervisor: GVTC Executive Secretary Duty Station: Kigali, Rwanda Restrictions: Rwandan National Advertisement Date: January 26, 2015 read more
21 January 2015
GVTC Theory of Change Workshop in Kigali From the 27th to the 28th January 2015, at Lemigo Hotel in Kigali (Rwanda), GVTC organizes a workshop on the Theory of Change. Participants are stakeholders involved in conservation from Rwanda, DRC and Uganda, researchers, as well as strategic regional and international partners. Indeed, (...) read more
15 January 2015
GVTC partners addressing the issues and challenges for Compiling the Regional Database On the 8th January 2015, GVTC held a strategic meeting in Goma at the International Gorilla Conservation Program (IGCP) office on the issues and challenges for compiling the Regional Database. Participants from GVTC, ITFC/Uganda, OVD/DRC and INES-Ruhengeri/Rwanda attended the meeting and gave (...) read more
5 December 2014
Communication Seminar in Kisoro for a sustainable conservation in the Greater Virunga Landscape. The Greater Virunga Transboundary Collaboration (GVTC) is a mechanism for coordinating the conservation efforts in the Greater Virunga Landscape. This intergovernmental institution is aware of the relevance of communication needs and information sharing among protected areas authorities and (...) read more
12 November 2014
Communication Needs and Information Sharing for Community Conservation in the Greater Virunga Landscape The Greater Virunga Transboundary Collaboration (GVTC) is a mechanism for coordinating the conservation efforts in the Greater Virunga landscape shared by the three countries, Rwanda, Uganda and DRC. This coordination needs a community involvement which is a key factor to the success of (...) read more
12 November 2014
Gorilla census preplanning meeting in Rubavu On October 29th, 2014 the Greater Virunga Transboundary Collaboration (GVTC) and its partner, the International Gorilla Conservation Program held a seminar at Le Belvedere Hotel in Rubavu, Rwanda. This seminar was a pre-planning meeting that focused on the upcoming census of gorilla in the (...) read more
20 October 2014
GVTC Collbaration with CITES in Natural Resources Conservation In last September, the Senior Experts Group of ICCWC discussed the request submitted by GVTC for a future collaboration in Natural resources conservation in the Greater Virunga Landscape. At this meeting, ICCWC acknowledged the progress made by GVTC since its establishment, including its (...) read more
16 September 2014
Resolutions of the 2nd Forum of the Greater Virunga Transboundary Collaboration (GVTC) held at Kampala, Uganda on 9-10 th September 2014 Resolutions of the 2nd Forum of the Greater Virunga Transboundary Collaboration (GVTC) held at Kampala, Uganda on 9-10 th September 2014 under the theme: “Security and Law Enforcement: The Survival of biodiversity and people livelihood in the Greater Virunga (...) read more
5 August 2014
Kwita Izina Ceremony: Interview with Anaclet Rudahera Kwita Izina Ceremony: Interview with Anaclet Rudahera, in charge of tourism department at Volcano national Park in Rwanda GVTC: Mr Anaclet Rudahera, could you please introduce yourself to our listeners and readers? AR: My names are Rudahera Anaclet; I am in charge of tourism department of the (...) read more
1 August 2014
Kwita Izina Ceremony: Interview with Janvier Kwizera GVTC: Mr Janvier Kwizera, we are now at Musanze Stadium for a prior ceremony to Kwita Izina event. Can you please introduce yourself to our readers and listeners? JK: thank you! My name is Janvier Kwizera, I am working with RDB (Rwanda Development Board) in Volcanoes National Park as (...) read more
26 February 2013
DR Congo, Rwanda and Uganda’s Greater Virunga protected areas wardens meet for 2013-2016 planning Gathered in Kibuye, Rwanda from 20-22nd February 2013, the team of Greater Virunga Protected Areas’ chief park wardens vowed their commitment to strengthen the transboundary collaboration in conserving the Greater Virunga landscape-a network of seven contiguous national parks bordering Rwanda, (...) read more
Participants in group photo 18 December 2012
Press Release after GVTC board meeting of 17 dec 2012 Participants in group photo GVTC stands as a Mechanism for strategic, transboundary, collaborative management of the Greater Virunga Landscape. Set up by Congolese Institute of Conservation and Nature-ICCN, Rwanda Development Board by the time ORTPN and Uganda Wildlife Authority with their (...) read more
16 November 2012
Consultancy for for the review of the 10-year Transboundary Strategic Plan Terms of references for the review of the 10-year transboundary strategic plan Background The Greater Virunga Transboundary Collaboration (GVTC) is a mechanism for strategic, transboundary, collaborative management of the Greater Virunga landscape also referred to as the Central Albertine (...) read more
Bwindi census team 14 November 2012
Population of Mountain Gorillas in Bwindi impenetrable national park, Uganda, determined by census KAMPALA, Uganda. —A census of mountain gorillas, Gorilla beringei beringei, conducted in 2011 in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda, confirms a minimum population of 400 gorillas, raising the world population of mountain gorillas to 880. The official result was released today by the (...) read more
Nyakagezi Gorilla group from Uganda will benefit from tourism in Rwanda 3 February 2012
Nyakagezi Gorilla group from Uganda will benefit from tourism in Rwanda NYAKAGEZI CASE Virunga massif is a home for the endangered species of Mountain Gorilla. The Virunga is shared by the three countries, Rwanda, DRC and Uganda. While these countries have physical and political boundaries, gorillas have enjoyed moving freely in the region without any (...) read more
Nyamuragira Volcano erupts in the Virunga massif 15 November 2011
Nyamuragira Volcano erupts in the Virunga massif Africa’s most active volcano, Nyamuragira, in the Democratic Republic of Congo, began erupting on November 6th, 2011 threatening the nearby Virunga national park. The volcano is located 25 km north of Lake Kivu, north-west of the town of Goma, on Congo’s eastern border with Rwanda. According (...) read more
The communities were excited for the provision of the much needed tanks 8 November 2011
UWA Executive Director , Dr. Andrew Seguya commissioned the water harvesting tanks built with support from GVTC Dr Andrew Seguya officially commissioned water harvesting tanks built in Kisoro District of Uganda with support from Greater Virunga Transboundary Collaboration. UWA staffs, GVTC managers, local administration and community members are among attendees of this ceremony, held on 22nd October (...) read more
Ambassador greeting a Mutwa Guide to the Batwa Trail in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park 7 November 2011
The Netherlands’ Ambassador in Uganda commended GVTC achievements The Ambassador of Kingdom of The Netherlands in Uganda, Jeroen Verheul concluded his 3-day visit of GVTC activities stating that he is impressed by the work carried out by GVTC through a 4-year funding by Dutch Government International Support-DGIS . This visit started in Rwanda on the (...) read more
Congolese Government suspends oil exploration to secure mountain gorilla park 17 March 2011
Congolese Government suspends oil exploration to secure mountain gorilla park Today in Kinshasa (March 17, 2011), the Minister for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Tourism, Mr José E.B. Endundo, announced the issue of an open letter to the worldwide conservation community clarifying the Government of the Democratic Republic of Congo’s position on the published (...) read more
Greater Virunga Transboundary Collaboration welcomes new Executive Secretary 8 March 2011
Greater Virunga Transboundary Collaboration welcomes new Executive Secretary Samuel Mwandha has recently joined the Greater Virunga Transboundary Collaboration (GVTC) in the role of Executive Secretary. Mr. Mwandha has over 19 years experience in the field of nature resource conservation and wildlife management. Most recently (September 2005 to October 2010) he worked (...) read more
31 January 2011
Recent attacks on rangers and soldiers in virunga national park, DRC he Greater Virunga Transboundary Collaboration are saddened by recent attacks on Virunga National Park rangers and Congolese soldiers by the FDLR militia. These attacks are taking place in the Central Sector of Virunga National Park, near Rwindi. On January 24, a rocket-propelled grenade hit (...) read more
DRC now chairs the Greater Virunga Transboundary Collaboration 17 January 2011
DRC now chairs the Greater Virunga Transboundary Collaboration On January 17, 2011, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) assumed the chair of the Greater Virunga Transboundary Collaboration (GVTC), an initiative established to protect wildlife within the Virunga Massif that extends into Rwanda, Uganda and DRC. The chair of the GVTC is rotated annually. (...) read more