Although both severely reduced in size during the 1990s in particular, Gishwati and Mukura Forests owe their continued existence and current resurgence and regeneration to visionary partnerships between grass roots conservation organisations and two of Rwanda’s most important conservation institutions – the Rwanda Environmental Management Authority and the Rwanda Development Board. While the latter two institutions provide oversight the national park is essentially run by the local community – a first for Africa.

The community is organised under the banner of the Forest of Hope Association with virtually all forest protection nd monitoring positions filled by residents of the local villages.

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