tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:/xml/Rwanda1 Rwanda news from mongabay.com 2014-02-20T19:18:12Z tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/12480 2013-12-04T16:39:00Z 2014-02-20T19:18:12Z Sky islands: exploring East Africa's last frontier <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/13/1204.Taveta-two-horned-chameleon-(Kinyongia-tavetana),-South-Pare-Mts.-Tanzania.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>The montane rainforests of East Africa are little-known to the global public. The Amazon and Congo loom much larger in our minds, while the savannas of East Africa remain the iconic ecosystems for the region. However these ancient, biodiverse forests&#8212;sitting on the tops of mountains rising from the African savanna&#8212;are home to some remarkable species, many found only in a single forest. A team of international scientists&#8212;Michele Menegon, Fabio Pupin, and Simon Loader&#8212;have made it their mission to document the little-known reptiles and amphibians in these so-called sky islands, many of which are highly imperiled. Jeremy Hance -12.077428 37.631686 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/12217 2013-10-21T13:30:00Z 2013-10-23T20:21:38Z Art, education, and health: holistic conservation group embarks on new chapter <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/13/1020.performances.-rwanda-%C2%A9Julie-Ghrist.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>It's unlikely conservation organizations can survive if they are unwilling to embrace change: as an endeavor, conservation requires not just longterm planning, but also an ability to move proactively and fluidly to protect species and safeguard ecosystems. Environmental and education NGO, the Art of Conservation, is currently embarking on its biggest change since its foundation in 2006: moving away from its base in Rwanda, while leaving a legacy behind. Jeremy Hance -1.509716 29.486434 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/11409 2013-05-13T14:09:00Z 2014-03-03T14:51:46Z Why responsible tourism is the key to saving the mountain gorilla <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/13/0512.gorilla.Picture-credit-Nick-Hoggett.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>The sunlight poured through the canopy, casting dappled shade over Makara, a large silverback mountain gorilla, as he cast his eyes around the forest clearing, checking on the members of his harem. A female gorilla reclined on a bank of dense vegetation of the most brilliant green, clutching her three day old infant close to her chest, and elsewhere, two juvenile gorillas played around a small tree, running rings around it until one crashed into the other and they rolled themselves into a roly-poly ball of jet black fluff that came to a halt a few meters in front of our delighted group. Jeremy Hance -1.022704 29.709377 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/10387 2012-11-13T17:17:00Z 2012-11-13T17:24:50Z Mountain gorilla population up by over 20 percent in five years A mountain gorilla census in Uganda's Bwindi Impenetrable National Park has a population that continues to rise, hitting 400 animals. The new census in Bwindi means the total population of mountain gorillas (Gorilla beringei beringei) has reached 880&#8212;up from 720 in 2007&#8212;and marking a growth of about 4 percent per year. Jeremy Hance -1.02323 29.707169 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/9948 2012-07-31T19:38:00Z 2012-07-31T23:37:13Z Forest cover falls 9% in East Africa in 9 years <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://www.mongabay.com/images/uganda/150/ug2_5559.JPG" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Forest cover in East Africa has dropped by 9.3 percent from 2001-2009, according to a new paper published in the open-access journal PLoS ONE. Looking at 12 countries in the region, the scientists found that, worryingly, forests were particularly hard hit near protected areas. Usually thought of as a region of vast savannas, such as the Serengeti, East Africa is also home to incredibly biodiverse tropical forests, including coastal forests, rich montane forests, and the eastern portion of the Congo Rainforest. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/9937 2012-07-30T17:29:00Z 2012-07-30T17:38:51Z 10 African countries to develop satellite-based deforestation tracking systems with help of Brazil Ten tropical African countries will receive training and support to develop national forest monitoring systems, reports the United Nations. Brazil, which has an advanced deforestation tracking system, will guide the initiative in partnership with the Central Africa Forests Commission (COMIFAC) and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/9692 2012-06-19T14:37:00Z 2012-06-19T14:48:05Z U.S., others commit to restoring 45 million acres of native forests The U.S. Forest Service joined Rwanda, a Brazilian coalition, and a Central American alliance of indigenous groups in a pledge to restore 18 million hectares (45 million acres) of native forests, reports the IUCN, a conservation group. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/9644 2012-06-11T12:35:00Z 2012-06-18T00:23:06Z Ten African nations pledge to transform their economies to take nature into account Last month ten African nations, led by Botswana, pledged to incorporate "natural capital" into their economies. Natural capital, which seeks to measure the economic worth of the services provided by ecosystems and biodiversity&#8212;for example pollination, clean water, and carbon&#8212;is a nascent, but growing, method to curtail environmental damage and ensure more sustainable development. Dubbed the Gaborone Declaration, the pledge was signed by Botswana, Liberia, Namibia, Mozambique, Rwanda, Gabon, Ghana, Kenya, South Africa, and Tanzania following a two day summit. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/9287 2012-03-20T19:03:00Z 2012-03-23T00:20:31Z Deforestation increases in the Congo rainforest <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://photos.mongabay.com/12/0320-congo_degradation-150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Deforestation in the Congo Basin has increased sharply since the 1990s, reports an extensive new assessment of forests in the six-nation region. Released by the Central African Forests Commission (COMIFAC) and members of the Congo Basin Forest Partnership, <i>The State of the Forest</i> finds that the region's annual gross deforestation rate doubled from 0.13 percent to 0.26 percent between the 1990s and the 2000-2005 period. Gross degradation caused by logging, fire, and other impacts increased from 0.07 percent to 0.14 percent on an annual basis. Despite the jump, rates in the Congo Basin remain well below those in Latin America and Southeast Asia, but the region is seen as a prime target for future agroindustrial expansion. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/9058 2012-02-05T22:01:00Z 2012-02-05T22:20:47Z Price of gorilla permit increases to $750/day Rwanda has raised the price of a permit to see mountain gorillas to $750 per day starting June 1, 2012, up from $500. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/8697 2011-11-16T15:38:00Z 2011-11-16T21:39:05Z Giant rat plays big ecological role in dispersing seeds <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://photos.mongabay.com/j/Aisha_-Nyiramana_Cricetomy_kivuensis02.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Rats are rarely thought of as heroes. In fact, in many parts of the world they are despised, while in others they serve largely as food. But, scientists are now discovering that many tropical forest rodents, including rats, serve as heroic seed dispersers, i.e. eating fruits and nuts, and carrying seeds far from the parent tree, giving a chance to a new sapling. While this has been documented with tropical rodents in South America like agoutis and acouchis, a new study in Biotropica documents the first successful seed dispersal by an African rodent: the Kivu giant pouched rat (Cricetomys kivuensis), one of four species of giant African rats. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/8424 2011-09-23T16:57:00Z 2011-09-23T17:13:16Z U.S. Lacey Act, programs in Rwanda and Gambia, awarded for forest protection Forest policies in the United States, Rwanda, and Gambia won U.N. backed awards for contributing to efforts to protect and sustainably manage forests. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/7929 2011-05-26T17:52:00Z 2011-05-26T19:12:26Z Restoring forests: an opportunity for Africa Tropical forest news last week was dominated by Indonesia and Brazil. Forest clearing has surged over the past year in parts of the Amazon, the Brazilian Government reported. Meanwhile, Indonesia’s President signed a moratorium on cutting some intact forest areas, as part of a landmark billion-dollar deal with international donors. But new research shows that Africa offers some of the greatest opportunities globally for restoring forests. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/7627 2011-03-23T19:13:00Z 2011-03-23T19:16:11Z Top forest policies recognized 19 forest policies have been nominated for an award by the World Future Council, a global think tank. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/7156 2010-12-07T18:19:00Z 2010-12-07T18:21:32Z Mountain gorilla population up by 100 individuals Conservation appears to be working for the Critically Endangered mountain gorilla (<i>Gorilla beringei beringei</i>) in the Virunga massif region, as a new census shows an additional 100 individuals from the last census in 2003, an increase of over a quarter. The Virunga massif is a region in three nations—Rwanda, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Uganda—and covering three protected area. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/7134 2010-12-01T22:52:00Z 2010-12-07T18:36:20Z Rwanda government: one third forest cover coming seven years ahead of schedule Rwanda expects to reach its goal of 30% forest cover in three years, according to the Minister for Forestry and Mines, Christophe Bazivamo. If achieved this would be seven years ahead of the government's pledge for 2020. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/6593 2010-08-09T18:52:00Z 2010-08-09T19:01:22Z Photos: world's top ten 'lost frogs' <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://photos.mongabay.com/j/golden_toad.thumb.jpg " align="left"/></td></tr></table>The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and Conservation International (CI) have sent teams of researchers to 14 countries on five continents to search for the world's lost frogs. These are amphibian species that have not been seen for years—in some cases even up to a century—but may still survive in the wild. Amphibians worldwide are currently undergoing an extinction crisis. While amphibians struggle to survive against habitat loss, climate change, pollution, and overexploitation, they are also being wiped out by a fungal disease known as chytridiomycosis. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/4623 2009-06-09T23:36:00Z 2009-06-10T22:33:32Z NASA photos reveal destruction of 99% of rainforest park in Rwanda Satellite images released by NASA show nearly complete destruction of Rwanda's Gishwati Forest between 1986 and 2001. Deforestation of the forest reserve is largely the result of subsistence harvesting and cultivation by refugees in the aftermath of the country's 1994 genocide. Overall only 600 hectares of Gishwati's original 100,000 hectares of forest remain, a loss of 99.4 percent. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/4322 2009-02-22T23:45:00Z 2009-02-23T02:36:20Z 80% of wars between 1950-2000 took place in biodiversity hotspots 80 percent of the world's major armed conflicts between 1950 and 2000 occurred in biodiversity hotspots, reports a study published in the journal <i>Conservation Biology</i>. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/3315 2008-09-15T14:30:39Z 2008-12-16T10:15:18Z Rwanda and Burundi agree to protect rare forest area Rwanda and Burundi have agreed to protect a large tract of tropical mountain forest that is home to chimpanzees, rare owl-faced monkeys, and other wildlife. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/2811 2008-03-17T14:30:39Z 2008-12-29T06:48:24Z Rwanda launches reforestation project to protect chimps, drive ecotourism conservationists in Rwanda have launched an ambitious reforestation project that aims to create a forest corridor to link an isolated group of chimpanzees to larger areas of habitat in Nyungwe National Park. The initiative, called the Rwandan National conservation Park, is backed by the Rwandan government, the Great Ape Trust of Iowa, and Earthpark, a group seeking to build an indoor rainforest in the U.S. Midwest. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/2090 2007-07-24T14:30:39Z 2008-12-29T06:45:57Z Rare gorillas slaughtered in mass killing At least four critically endangered gorillas have been killed in Democratic Republic of Congo's Virunga National Park. National Geographic News reports they were shot "execution-style". Illegal charcoal harvesters are leading suspects in the slaying. Two other gorillas are missing and feared dead. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/1551 2007-02-18T14:30:39Z 2008-12-29T06:44:18Z New monkey species in Uganda <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://www.mongabay.com/images/uganda/150/ug2_5387.JPG" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Uganda may soon have a new species of monkey according to a report published in Kampala's <i>New Vision</i> newspaper. Dr. Colin Groves of the Australian National University told New Vision that the local population of the gray-cheeked mangabey (Lophocebus albigena) will soon be designated as a unique species, the Ugandan gray-cheeked mangabey (Lophocebus ugandae). Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/965 2006-06-20T15:19:39Z 2008-12-29T06:42:55Z Mammals in war-torn Virunga National Park recovering finds WCS survey A recent wildlife census conducted in Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) revealed that several species of large mammal are now recovering from a decade of civil war and rampant poaching. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/752 2006-01-25T15:19:39Z 2008-12-29T06:42:34Z Deforestation rates jump in Uganda and Burundi, fall in Rwanda Tropical deforestation rates have skyrocketed in Uganda and Burundi, while declining significantly in Rwanda according to mongabay.com's analysis of data from the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations. Rhett Butler