Helping Nature & working on conservation issues

Nature Rwanda works in a range of wildlife habitats, including forests, rivers, wetlands, and mountains. Here, we strive to understand the survival needs of endangered plant and animal species, with a focus on fascinating but undervalued species like the vulture. Our research also addresses human resource use and its impact on wild species and ecosystems. Using this knowledge of wildlife ecology and human society, we design locally appropriate conservation strategies and implement them in collaboration with local communities– who depend most on natural resources– and the government of Rwanda which 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 four areas of intervention, all underpinned by robust partnerships with local communities.

Species and habitat conservation

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 resilience & environmental sustainability

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

Research and advocacy

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

Environmental leadership

We put effort into building the next generation of young environmental leaders. Keeping them at the center of our work and listening to their ideas as partners and advisors is crucial to achieving sustainable development.

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.

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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.

Grow & LiveEco Project
Grow & LiveEco Project

Rwanda ranks 185 out of 188 countries in per capita GHG emissions...

Religious Identities in Supporting Conservation
Religious Identities in Supporting Conservation

Over 90% of Rwandans belong to a certain religious service. This highlights...

Ecological Monitoring of the Hooded Vulture
Ecological Monitoring of the Hooded Vulture

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

Mpenge River Restoration Project
Mpenge River Restoration Project

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

Baseline Study on the Perception of Biodiversity in Rwanda
Baseline Study on the Perception of Biodiversity in Rwanda

The main objective of this study was to establish the benchmarks for...

Engaging Young People in Conservation of Akanyaru KBA in Rwanda

The world’s environmental problems are locally based. However, there is little public...

Conservation Education: The Go Outdoor Project

Today’s youth are disconnected from nature due to fast-growing technology. Go Outdoor...

Conservation Farming Project

The Conservation Farming project aimed at improving smallholder farmers’ agricultural output and...

Empowering Youth for Sustainable Conservation of Gishwati KBA in Rwanda

For sustainable conservation of all Key Biodiversity Areas (KBAs) in Rwanda and...

Empowering Women for Sustainable Conservation of Akanyaru IBA

The Akanyaru wetland is listed as an Important Bird Area (IBA) yet remains...

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 what makes 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

The Revival of Mpenge River and its Biodiversity

The Mpenge river is found in Musanze City and is an important urban river in Rwanda. It is home to a wide range of animal and plant species and offers several ecosystem services to the community in Musanze city. However, the river is highly threatened by human activity; the encroachment of agriculture and pollution poses

April 2, 2021

From Vulnerability to Resilience: It’s a Success

As a country, Rwanda is very vulnerable to the effects of climate change. Agriculture, an industry responsible for a third of Rwanda’s GDP, is now a highly threatened sector. In recent years, the threats posed by climate change, environmental degradation and food insecurity in Rwanda have become obvious to all. Rural families now 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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