KIGALI, Sept. 4 (Xinhua) -- Rwanda's annual conversation on conservation forum opened here on Tuesday with a call on environmentalists to adopt new technologies in nature conservation.
The two-day event, which brings together more than 500 conservationists from around the world, aims to create a unique platform linking conservation with sustainable tourism.
Participants include conservation and tourism experts from around the world discussing, debating, and seeking solutions to the challenges facing conservation.
Speaking at the forum, Rwanda's Prime Minister Edouard Ngirente said use of new technologies in nature conservation will help to gather accurate data on wildlife and efficiently monitor entire ecosystems and adopt concrete measures to protect endangered species.
The forum precedes Rwanda's annual baby gorilla naming ceremony locally called Kwita Izina scheduled to take place on Friday at the foot of the Volcano National Park in Musanze district in northern Rwanda.
Some 23 baby gorillas will be named at the event.
The 14th Kwita Izina comprises of a week-long celebration of events under the theme: Conservation and Sustainable Tourism - a foundation for future generations."
The premier said the new baby gorillas that will be named are proof of Rwanda's determination to protect biodiversity.
"Our tourism strategy is conservation-led. It is one of key pillars of our economy and has been one of Rwanda's major foreign currency source for the last 7years," he said.