Since July this year, Rwanda has been lobbying for a deal to make sure UNESCO approves Nyungwe on its heritage and the cabinet approval of the request made it more authoritative and authentic.
If approved, Nyungwe will attract a number of its touristic visitor’s bringing to $ 4.8 billion according to the available statistics.
Experts believe that Nyungwe approval on its list will attract funding related to conservation and international tourists from different countries.
Telesphore Ngoga, a Conservation Analyst at Rwanda Development Board believes the fact that Nyungwe is a home that shelters the species that are in danger of extinction and adding it to the list will make it a big image on an international level.
“Adding it to the list could attract more tourists which would benefit the local population around it and in various ways. We could also get support in case we get any threat from it and could continue to get funding for its conservation,” he said.
According to Nyungwe forest national park website, Nyungwe is a forest covering approximately 218 to 219 kilometers making the forest large enough to harbor rebel groups, which negatively affects its wildlife and plants.
Despite the tight conservatory rules, poaching and hunting remain a very serious threat for Nyungwe especially on the side of the DRC where bushmen consider Gorilla meat to be delicious and prestigious to eat with a number of human activities that are threats to the Gorilla as they disrupt the peace of the Gorilla.
Nyungwe national park accommodates about 13 primate species with the world’s largest population of 400 monkeys and chimpanzees that are 25% of the African wildlife population.
Nyungwe National Park extends to the border of Burundi and DRC and the oldest forest accommodates about 4 primate species with the world’s largest population of 400 monkeys and chimpanzees that are 25% of Africa.
The park is also home to the Mountain Gorillas and other bird species such as Rwenzori Turaco, Albertine owlet and a variety of natural plants.