Rwanda has faced less wildlife crime than the majority of countries in the East African region, largely due to measures the country has effectively implemented to combat the practice. But the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic early this year now threatens to reverse those gains. Bushmeat hunting, for example, has increased as local communities near national parks face food shortages related to COVID-19 lockdowns. Rwanda is also surrounded by countries with high wildlife trafficking rates and is not immune to the expansion of wildlife trafficking networks in the region.
To learn more about investigating environmental crime in Rwanda, join us for this webinar with environmental journalism and wildlife trafficking experts. The webinar will be in both French and English.
- James Fahn - Executive Director, Internews’ Earth Journalism Network
- Samuel Baker Byansi - Co-Founder, M28 Investigates
- Madeleine Ngeunga - Editor, InfoCongo
- Gregory Bakunzi - Conservation Expert
- David Akana - Media Trainer
Banner image: Akagera National Park in Rwanda / Credit: One Zone Studio via Unsplash.