The project Enterprise, Environment, and Equity in the Virunga Landscape of the Great Lakes (EEEGL), funded by the Howard G. Buffett Foundation and implemented by CARE International and the International Gorilla Conservation Programme (IGCP) in Rwanda and Uganda, is reaching its natural conclusion on 31/12/11.
This happens after five years of intense work, where the project has availed of a tremendous level of collaboration and cooperation from various partners, stakeholders and counterparts, drawn from NGOs, local government, central government agencies, community organizations and private sector.
Many stakeholders were involved in an evaluation carried out by the funder of this project last May. In addition, many have also been engaged in the external Final Evaluation carried out few weeks ago. The results of this evaluation will be disseminated early next year.
EEGL teams has approached and discussed with their partners and stakeholders the consolidation and phasing out of specific activities and spent considerable effort during the last phase to ensure that these activities have a vision for sustainability. Specifically the project Technical Advisory Committees in Rwanda and Uganda has been consulted to achieve that.
Both CARE and IGCP, consistently with their missions and resources, will continue remaining involved with the beneficiaries and the partners, as part of their long term commitment to the conservation and development agenda in the two countries. Moreover, EEEGL’s contribution to the development of the transboundary collaboration around the Virungas has benefitted from tangible progress under the leadership of the Greater Virunga Transboundary Collaboration and the support from IGCP, which will remain in place.
Information and reports produced by the project are available at www.virunga.net. Final reports will be posted there.