In October 2020, the Chamber of Tourism and GIZ conducted a training with bird guides in the Kivu Belt. The training which spanned over two weeks had 40 participants who aspire to become full time professional bird guides. The training was conducted by a combination of Rwandan and international birding experts.
Rwanda and the Kivu Belt’s location on the Albertine Rift Valley and its many unique habitats makes one of the world’s best countries to visit for birding. The Kivu Belt is home to many near endemic bird species including the Albertine Owlet and Rockafeller’s Sunbird. The training of professional bird guides is a crucial part of Rwanda’s strategy to develop Rwanda as a competitive destination for birding.
As a crucial step in the continued development of these young bird guides, they will each receive a pair of professional binoculars. Each person will be able to lend a pair of binoculars from the Chamber of Tourism to take home. The Kivu Belt Destination Management Unit will manage the lending of the binoculars in the Kivu Belt.
The Kivu Belt DMU is a coalition of private and public tourism related actors working towards a common goal of developing the Kivu Belt as a sustainable adventure and eco-tourism destination.
The main objective is economic development and job creation in the Kivu Belt through sustainable development of tourism
The Kivu Belt is a part of Rwanda’s Chamber of Tourism