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.
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 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 on nature and livelihood through up-scaling integrated ecosystem-based adaptation efforts and 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 bests practices, strategies, and approaches that benefit both Nature and people.
We put enough efforts in 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, to achieve 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.
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