A meeting was organised at the La Palisse Hotel, Kigali, Rwanda, from Wednesday 4th to Friday 6th November 2015 by the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) and The Gorilla Organization. Funding got this meeting came from the Arcus Foundation.
The objectives of this meeting were:
- To provide a space for Rwanda based conservation and development organisations to share their experiences in linking conservation (and particularly great apes conservation) and poverty alleviation. Emphasis will be placed on reflecting on what has worked, what hasn’t and why.
- To understand the framework for conservation and development policies in Rwanda.
- To identify what changes are needed (from specific practices to national policies) in order to maximise conservation-poverty linkages.
- To develop practical proposals for how these changes might be brought about, and what role a group of conservation and development organisations in Rwanda could play (for example through information exchange, learning and joint action).
Below is all the material that was produced before, or in the course of, the meeting.
Please also see the link to a video that Forest of Hope Association has produced, highlighting their achievements in the conservation of Gishwati Forest Reserve, as well as the report 'Seven years in conservation of the Gishwati Forest Reserve: challenges and hope.'