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.

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