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Towards the development of legal protection of biodiversity in Rwanda: An appraisal

  • Rwanda
  • Biodiversity
  • Biology


This study examines the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in the context of its implementation in Rwanda. It firstly examines the relevant rights and obligations which country parties have under the CBD; it then examines the current law in Rwanda relevant and applicable to conservation, use and equitable sharing of benefits derived from utilization of biological diversity. The main findings of the study are that certain gaps exist in Rwandan law with the result that it does not give full effect to the convention. In conclusion, some recommendations are made to rectify those deficiencies in particular by recommending a Biodiversity Act for Rwanda and setting out its suggested essential elements.

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