KAMPALA LOSES ALBERTINE RIFT CONSERVATION SOCIETY HEADQUARTERS TO KIGALI
It was learned overnight that the UK based ARCS has apparently decided to shift its regional office, presently located in Kampala / Uganda, to Kigali / Rwanda, where a new proposed US $ 350.000 head office is to be built, once discussions between the NGO and the Rwandan government have been concluded.
The UK office is reportedly then also being shifted to the new location, closer to the action as a source in Kigali put it, as the main aim of the NGO is to work on maintaining biodiversity in the Albertine Rift, which stretches from Ugandas Lake Albert to Lake Tanganyika. The combined centre is then to provide information and training as well as act as a research centre, from which other NGOs and the conservation fraternity at large can benefit.
It could not be established overnight why the organization decided to move from Uganda to Rwanda and if local government policies vis a vis conservation NGOs played a role in the decision, while it is of course known that Rwanda is unambiguous and supportive for any support it can get to protect natural resources and biodiversity. Watch this space.