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Conservation Presents Vast Opportunities for Rwanda – RDB Boss

RDB Boss, Francis Gatare Addressing exhibitors and journalists at the launch of the exhibition on Saturday (Photos by Paul Mugume / Chimpreports)

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Rwanda Development Board Mr. Francis Gatare has urged the public to invest in conservation, viagra http://crosscon.ca/wp-content/themes/twentytwelve/inc/custom-header.php saying that “if we don’t conserve as much as we consume, ed http://ccresourcecenter.org/wp-includes/class.wp-scripts.php we may end up consuming ourselves.”

Mr. Gatare made the call while officiating at the launch of the first conservation exhibition at the Kigali exhibition centre complex on Saturday afternoon.

The exhibition is part of a series of activities leading up to the annual gorilla naming ceremony ‘Kwita Izina’ which is Rwanda’s most significant initiative towards conserving nature. Tourism – gorillas to be specific earn Rwanda the biggest foreign exchange which is why government has heavily invested in safeguarding them.

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“Thanks to tourism because conservation makes business sense in the wider perspective of sustainable development. As we enjoy watching our cousins the mountain gorillas, it occurs to me that they are enjoying it more than we do,” he noted.

An exhibitor attends to her stall of crafts

An exhibitor attends to her stall of crafts

“As we enjoy watching nature, on one hand we contribute to the longevity of the global ecosystem by conservation while at the same time providing business opportunities through tourism which has earned many people a good living.”

Gatare urged exhibitors to look at the two sides; business and conservation during the ongoing exhibitions, providing livelihoods to all people that deserve to live healthy and descent lives alongside conserving nature.

He said that Rwanda has devoted 22 percent of her land to conservation activities in form of water bodies, wetlands and national parks despite the fact that the country is densely populated.

Organizing discussions and exhibitions on conservation is part of the commitment made by the government of Rwanda to contribute to the global debate on conservation, he added.

Exhibitors showcasing traditional Rwanda Culture

Exhibitors showcasing traditional Rwanda Culture

Among the exhibitors are top players in the tourism sector from different African countries including Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Rwanda (the host). Most of the items being showcased are relate to wildlife conservation, tour and travel as well as hospitality.

Launched today, the exhibition will be opened to the public with outdoor activities for children and adults.

Exhibiting art, drawing and painting

Exhibiting art, drawing and painting

 

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