World Tourism Day: Celebrating 25 Years of Partnership in Nyungwe National Park
Nyungwe National Park is one of the most unique landscapes in the world. Nestled in the southwest corner of Rwanda, the montane rainforest is home to a wide variety of species including primates, birds, trees, and orchids - many of which are found nowhere else in the world. Nyungwe also shelters 70 percent of Rwanda's water, making it's protection and preservation critical to Rwanda's future. Over the last 25 years, the Government of Rwanda together with partners like USAID and Wildlife Conservation Society have invested heavily in the protection of the park's biodiversity, the expansion of ecotourism, and education and economic development activities with communities living in and around the park. To celebrate this progress and the future, partners in conservation from around Rwanda - government, donors, NGOs, private sector actors, and communities - will gather for a series of events. Events include the marking of the accreditation of the tourism college, groundbreaking of a new hotel near the park, a symposium on the 25 years of progress, and a community celebration and education event.