Engaging the Local Community in Environmental Conservation, Tourism and Sustainable Development Programs around the Virunga Massif
Red Rocks Rwanda Intercultural Centre is presently on the move to engage the local community around the Volcanoes, Mgahinga, and Virunga National parks in the tourism, conservation efforts and sustainable development activities to improve the livelihoods and to reduce poverty in general. It has initiated programs that will see the local community engage more in public debates in a bid to promote sustainable conservation and tourism efforts, and community development. The program also aims to raise awareness about the significance of Virunga Massif to the local population.
Towards this initiative Red Rocks has involved gorilla trackers and forest guides to engage the local community and visitors on healthy talks and debates geared towards promoting responsible and sustainable tourism.
Virunga Massif mountain gorilla trackers play a key role in conservation and tourism since they are extremely significant in keeping track of the primates’ movement patterns, habitat protection and keeping records of population demographics. Furthermore, they are indispensable in preventing rampant poaching by removing snares and preventing general poaching activities within the national park.
Gorilla trackers and forest guides therefore have a wealth of information and Red Rocks is working towards tapping into this to share the valuable information with guests during these interactions. The talks and debates have multiple management application that include but not limited to; introduction to research and community
tourism development initiatives.
It is in our goals that we are going to work on these valuable initiatives and programs that will see the Tourist who visit the Mountain Gorillas and other well-wishers get more details on conservation and tourism community engagement around the Virunga Massif. The program is on a complementary basis to any visiting tourist
conservationist, Biologist and or researchers so kindly feel free to healthy ecosystem for local birds and wildlife.
Under this program we seek to instill the global green village approach that embraces better livelihood techniques that conserve the environment. This model is centered on four pillars of sustainability; community development, environmental development and economic development.