On 13th July 2012 ALERT entered an agreement with the Government of the Republic of Burundi to jointly manage the Bururi, Vyanda and Kigwena Natural Reserves using ALERT's responsible development principles. The Parties to the agreement are:
African Lion & Environmental Research Trust;
Ministry of Water, Environment, Land Management & Urban Planning, and;
Ministry of Commerce, Industry, Posts and Tourism
The agreement shall be implemented through ALERT with the National Institute for the Environment and the Conservation of Nature and the Burundi National Tourism Office.
These forests are home to an ecologically important population of chimpanzees and ALERT has been asked to jointly manage these reserves to better protect the remaining chimps with a view to re-establishing links between them to ensure a more genetically viable chimpanzee population.
2012: Signing of an agreement to jointly manage the Bururi, Vyanda and Kigwena Natural Reserves under responsible development principles
2013: During the year we have been undertaking the next stage in the process, to complete a Convention of Implementation that lays out the detail of how this agreement will be undertaken.