Helping Nature & working on conservation issues

Nature Rwanda works in a range of wildlife habitats—forest, rivers, wetlands, mountains. Here, we strive to understand the survival needs of endangered species such as animals and plants with more focus on fascinating but unvalued species such as vultures. Our research also addresses human resource use and its impacts on wild species and ecosystems. Using this knowledge of wildlife ecology and human society, we design conservation strategies that are locally appropriate. These are implemented in collaboration with local communities who depend most on natural resources, and the government of Rwanda that manages them. While promoting wildlife conservation, our programmes also strive to safeguard livelihood and development options for local communities.

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Our Areas of Intervention

We pursue our mission by concentrating on three areas of intervention, all underpinned by robust partnerships with local communities.

Species and habitat protection

We have a collaborative model that works directly with local communities to protect wildlife and their habitats, focusing on often overlooked but highly threatened species and ecosystems integral to a healthy planet.

Climate change adaptation

We address the challenges that climate change poses on nature and livelihood through up-scaling integrated ecosystem-based adaptation efforts and sustainable use and management of natural resources.

Research, policy, and advocacy

We conduct various conservation research and use the results to advocate for the adoption of policies that are based on the bests practices, strategies, and approaches that benefit both Nature and people.

Vultures are very important in the ecosystem, but they are in trouble. They need your help to survive. Let's cross our hands to SAVE Vultures.


The Vulture Conservation Programme

The Vulture Conservation Programme (VCP) of Nature Rwanda is a long-term monitoring, implementation of conservation actions, as well as public awareness and support to save the six threatened vulture species found in Rwanda. Community members volunteer their time and efforts in monitoring vultures at their most utilized locations across the country. Volunteers also help to raise public awareness by giving presentations at community gatherings and meetings. Currently, the programme puts many efforts into:

  • Monitoring and rehabilitation  wild population of vultures
  • Establish save vulture feeding sites
  • Educating the public about vultures and their importance in our environment

Current Projects

Our projects improve human coexistence with Nature and create opportunities.

Ecological Monitoring of Hooded Vulture
Ecological Monitoring of Hooded Vulture

The Hooded Vulture (HV); Necrosyrtes monachus is a critically endangered African vulture...

Eco-Mobile Library
Eco-Mobile Library

Most Rwandans lack an established conservation-related reading culture because they are unaware...

Mpenge River Restoration Project
Mpenge River Restoration Project

Mpenge river is a permanent river situated on the southern side of...

Students’ Annual Conservation Award
Students’ Annual Conservation Award

An increasing indifference toward conservation education has resulted in a slew of...

Recent Blogs

Visit our blog to get the latest on our favorite species, our success stories, articles from young nature interpreters, plus much more!

How Vulture Conservation Can Prevent Another Pandemic

Nearly all species of African vulture are listed as critically endangered by the IUCN, and Nature Rwanda is leading a movement to reverse this trend in Rwanda. But why is this species so important in the first place? Vultures have evolved to have a particularly corrosive stomach acid, which helps them digest rotting prey that

December 13, 2020

Revival of Mpenge river and its Biodiversity

Mpenge is one of important urban rivers of Rwanda, that found in Musanze city. This river is a home of different animal and plant species, and offer a wide range of ecosystem services to community of Musanze City. However, the river is highly threatened by human activities especially agriculture encroachment and pollution which pose a

April 2, 2021

It is a success… From Vulnerable to Resilience

Rwanda is one the countries that are vulnerable to the effects of climate change, and the agriculture which contribute a third of countries GDP is the highly threatened sector. In recent years, the threats posed by climate change, environmental degradation and food insecurity in Rwanda have become obvious to all. But rural families need practical

March 13, 2021

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Your support helps to protect irreplaceable places, funds efforts to restore the wild population of threatened species, supports community based projects, and so much more.

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