As Rwanda gains membership in the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the country is lobbying for a proposal that will make Nyungwe forest added to the World Heritage Sites list.
Francois Ngarambe, Rwanda’s permanent delegate to the UNESCO confirmed that Rwanda’s membership in the UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee is a big global opportunity, to contribute to the promotion of nature, history and cultural heritage of the country.
“The nation is endowed with such a big opportunity to start with,” Francois Ngarambe said. He said countries that supported Rwanda’s candidacy in the UNESCO World Heritage Committee.
“Our candidacy was pushed by other member countries,” he said.
The move has come after many agencies responsible for conservation including Rwanda Development Board, Rwanda Environmental Management Authority, and others submitted a joint bid proposing that Nyungwe be added to the World Heritage site.
Nyungwe national park is one of the rare and oldest natural African, which is also of recent geographical research, designated the area as the source of the river Nile. The park was first conserved in 1933 as a tourist reserve and scaled up in 1980’s. Nyungwe has a size of 1,019 Square Kilometers and it is the largest mountainous forest in East Africa and shelters a number of species that are danger to extinction.
According to Africa’s adventure vacations, Nyungwe Forest National Park is a home of over 340 bird species with 29 species of the endemic to Albertine rift that are not visible in other regions.
Nyungwe also shelters about 1050 plant species and 68 of these plants can only be traced in the Albertine rift including the orchids.
Nyungwe is a blessing to the nearest communities particularly its plants that are regarded as traditional medicines.
In 2010, Nyungwe launched canopy walk which has attracted both national and international tourists for bird watching and eye-catchy waterfalls. Rwanda’s parliament has also passed a law on the conservation and protection of biodiversity to enable the conservation and protection of fauna and flora.