Baseline Study on the Perception of Biodiversity in Rwanda

The main objective of this study was to establish the benchmarks for monitoring and evaluating the impact of public awareness campaigns around protected areas in Rwanda based on indicators developed by Nature Rwanda. It has provided information on community knowledge, skills, participation, understanding and attitudes towards biodiversity conservation as key parameters of evaluation of the impact of conservation awareness activities in their context and locations.

Since Nature Rwanda, in collaboration with other environmental stakeholders, has identified key indicators that show national performance in raising awareness among its population about sustainable conservation of biodiversity, this project has provided a holistic view of the impact of public awareness campaigns conducted in areas adjacent to protected areas.

At the end of this project, the baseline information on the perception of biodiversity in Rwanda and specific recommendations for local communities, environmental NGOs, the private sector, government, media, and development partners have been provided to design and deliver impactful and relevant public awareness campaigns. Moreover, lessons learnt have been shared with relevant stakeholders in the conservation sector in Rwanda. This study was carried out at the country level, in areas adjacent to six protected ‘key biodiversity areas’ (KBA) in Rwanda: Akagera National Park, Nyungwe National Park, Volcanoes National Park, Gishwati-Mukura National Park, Buhanga Eco-park and Rugezi marshland.

FOUNDED BY: Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences

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