Conservationists and wild life activists in Rwanda on Tuesday warned against the rise in reduction of natural resources, stressing that any action taken, good or bad has a similar effect to the human life in return.
These called upon stakeholders, public and private players to take it upon themselves to restrict natural resources exhaustion.
Rwanda’s Natural Resources Minister Vincent Biruta, said daily food, water, energy, security and the growing tourism industry “strongly depend” on land cover and wildlife, which is why everyone needs to be mindful of their actions.
“We strongly believe that every decision we take affects biodiversity; it will also affect our lives and the lives of other people,” Biruta said
The minister made the remarks at the Conservationists and wildlife activists meeting in Kigali.
He added that conservation is not a role for conservationists only but for every citizen who cares about leaving behind a better world for generations to come.
“Better conservation of our environment requires the collective efforts of all starting with government and non-governmental entities, public-private partnerships for conservation and all individuals who work in the sector”.
Hon Biruta reminded stakeholders that tourism, mostly nature-based, is one of the key pillars of the economy and has been Rwanda’s top foreign exchange earner for the last six years.
The Conversation on Conservation forum is part of series of events leading to the annual Mountain Gorilla naming ceremony, popularly known as “Kwita Izina,” due on September 1 in Kinigi, Musanze district.