Ecological Tourism is where tourism has both environmental as well as social implications. Eco-Tourism projects are developed for a number of reasons including creating awareness of the importance of wildlife and co-existence of man and wildlife. Rwanda a country has a number of eco-tourism projects including the following;
Ecological –Tourism environment
The country has done a lot to promote eco-tourism including the following;
- Rwanda has signed and ratified several international conventions which reinforce the national efforts to protect the biodiversity and the environment.
- Strict laws on protected areas have been implemented and supported by community conservation approach.
- Law on compensation for wildlife damages was drafted to ensure good neighbourhood at the park population interface.
- There has been improvement of infrastructures and communication equipment and including regular training of guards, trackers’ teams and the improvement of patrol reports.
Rwanda’s Eco-Tourism Projects
These include the following;
- Golden monkey and chimpanzees trekking in Nyungwe Forest
- Gorilla tracking of the five families in the Volcanoes National Park.
Guidelines in Eco Tourism Sites
- The number of tourists allowed per day is restricted to protect the natural habitat of the wild animals.
- Only 30 tourists per day are allowed to see the gorillas.
- The entry fee has been increased to 500 USD per guest
Contribution of Eco- tourism in Rwanda
- Eco tourism attracts substantial foreign currency from Tourists.
- Eco tourism has provided jobs for the population and has ultimately shaped local society.
- Eco tourism has created revenue for local communities, private sector and the entire economy.