Rwanda will for the 8th time celebrate the birth of 19 baby gorillas and the naming of 1 female adult at this year’s annual Kwita Izina ceremony scheduled for June 16, 2012, under the theme “Sustainable tourism for a green economy.”
Rica Rwigamba, the Head of the Department Tourism and Conservation at the Rwanda Development Board (RDB) said that this year’s celebration comes at a critical time when the degradation of the ecosystem has reached alarming proportions and re-enforces the commitment that the government of Rwanda has shown towards a green path to economic growth.
“We pursue a strategy of responsible tourism and this has earned us recognition around the World. Kwita Izina is just one of the many steps that has been undertaken to recognize and protect the natural habitat of endangered species like the mountain gorillas, the rich bio-diversity in the national parks, and the forests in the country,” Ms. Rwigamba said.
Indeed, in 2010, Rwanda was selected by the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) as the host country for World Environment Day 2010, which was held on June 5, 2010. The selection of Rwanda by UNEP was a testament to the country’s commitment to environmental and sustainability issues.
Ms. Rwigamba elaborates that Rwanda is committed to maintaining its natural resources for future generations, while at the same time expanding its economic base as a strategy for poverty reduction.
This year’s special feature is to allow people from all over the world to learn more about mountain gorillas, as well as choose their “cutest” baby gorilla through an online-based interaction.
The event will attract thousands of Rwandans living near the sanctuary of the rare mountain gorillas, the Volcanoes National Park, as well as other high-profile figures, senior government officials, key foreign dignitaries, hundreds of renowned conservationists, and media will also take part in this now established touristic event.
The Rwanda Development Board is a member of the International Council of Tourism Partners (ICTP), a new and fast-growing grassroots travel and tourism coalition of global destinations committed to quality service and green growth.