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Projects

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has."

MARGARET MEAD


Our projects are locally managed. To ensure sustainable impact they are tailored to local needs and driven by an engaged team of community members. We know that the road to successful project delivery isn’t always smooth. That is why we support our beneficiaries so that the project activities can continue long after our involvement ends.


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Climate Change affects Rwanda’s agriculture sector, which employs over two-third of the population and contributes to one-third of the country’s GDP. Climate change, in the form of increased temperatures, erratic precipitation, uncertain seasons and increased intensity and frequency of extreme weather events, is expected to exacerbate food security challenges by impacting food production, disrupting supply chains and raising food prices. This means adaptation and continual learning become essential. 

Promoting conservation and sustainable use of agricultural biodiversity and scaling up of agroecological practices are two important components of the Scaling up Climate Resilient Agriculture for Sustainable Livelihood of Smallholder Farmers in Rwanda project. The project will focus on low-external-input based practices rather than transfer and adoption of input-intensive technologies and practices for responding to climate change.  

The project aims to achieve three objectives for target groups during the project period.

  • Diversify food and income sources of target groups, particularly for women-led and poor households
  • Increase adaptive capacities and resilience of vulnerable communities to climate and disaster risks; and
  • Contribute to create favorable policy environment for mainstreaming climate-resilient agriculture in government (national, and local) policies and plan.

The target group of the project are smallholder farmers (farmers having < 0.5 ha are categorized as smallholder households in Rwanda) from poor households, particularly women and youths. The project aims to reach 200 and 100 households in the northern and Eastern provinces respectively. In In the northern province, the project will be implemented in Gakenke and Burera Districts, and Bugesera District in the Eastern province.


Donor: UNDP-The GEF Small Grant Programme


This project will be implemented at Akanyaru Wetlands, listed as one of endangered Important Birds and Biodiversity Areas (IBAs in Rwanda), through BirdLife International criteria A1 and A3 (A06). Its vegetation consists of a variety of marshy habitats and papyrus swamp. It is home of some of birds’ species listed on IUCN Red list; including the endangered Grey crowned Crane, and Madagascar Pond Heron. Its conservation status is a concern than even before. This project will contribute to the conservation and promotion of this IBA in danger and multiply impact in the community by engaging and empowering young people as key stakeholders always left behind in conservation.

Through this project, Nature Rwanda will establish three new environmental clubs and revamp two existing environmental clubs with about 50 club members in each club. In 8 months, 250 Rwandan youth will be equipped with knowledge and skills they need to contribute to the sustainable conservation of Akanyaru IBA in danger. Nature Rwanda will promote gender equity in conservation and ensure that at least 60% of total project beneficiaries will be female. We anticipate that at least each project beneficiaries will engage 4 other people such as their siblings, parents and neighbours so that our indirect impact will reach to about 1,000 Rwandans in this region. At each of the five schools that will be part of this project, a small fruit garden will be established to allow club members to get hands on experience on raising and taking care of trees to address climate change and improving a healthy living style. Moreover, #MyWetlandMyFuture campaign will be conducted online as one of the activities leading to the celebration of the World Wetlands day on Sunday February 2nd, 2020 under the theme “Wetlands and Biodiversity”. This one weeklong campaign will feature poems, sketches and message from project beneficiaries to demonstrate the unbreakable tie between wetlands and biodiversity and mostly focusing on how young people must contribute to the sustainable conservation of this IBAs in danger. In order to empower them in sustainable ways, Nature Rwanda will organize training session and distribute 50 books entitled “Africa, our home” in all our five partners school through our collaboration with Pan African Conservation Education Project on distributing environmental education materials in environmental clubs.


Donor: Rufford


Empowering Rwandan youth to take initiative in environmental actions and influence environmental related policies is essential, as they are the future leaders and decision makers of the country. Thus, empowering them in addressing current environmental issues is the only way to ensure the sustainable development of our country. When provided with the necessary knowledge, skills and opportunities on current environmental issues in their led and serving organizations, youth can work with advisory bodies and be greatly engaged in taking initiative in environmental management and sustainable use of natural resources, and provision of livelihoods alternative to the impacted community to build resilience for sustainable development. They can also make their homes, schools and youth organizations more environmentally friendly by adopting environmentally friendly practices, and this has an important implication as it influences other people such as their parents, relatives and their respective communities.

It is in this context that Nature Rwanda towards its target of empowering 250,000 Rwandan youth in biodiversity conservation, environmental stewardship, and climate change adaptation and mitigation by 2025, is working with other partners to empower youth across the country through the school and conservation champion programme. We work and create Eco-clubs in high schools and Bio-Voices groups among the university students.

Objective

The overall objective of this project is to build the capacity of Rwandan youth in environment and sustainable development so that they can amplify impact in their community where they are serving. Specifically; this project aims

  • To promote environmental stewardship among future generation of young leaders;
  • To promote environmental volunteerism among young people; and
  • To design the 2019/2020 National Youth Conference on climate change. 


This project aims at studying the suitable indicators that will show how all Rwandan people are aware of the values of biodiversity and ecosystems services as well as apprehend the steps for use and conserve them sustainably. With its richness and endemic in biodiversity, Rwandans depends on goods and services provided by the ecosystems, and the Government of Rwanda is committed to the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity for sustainable development of the country.


In 2016, Rwanda revised its the National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan (NBSAP) for the successful implementation of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) objectives and the Aichi Targets. Mainstreaming biodiversity conservation in the decision making process across all governmental, private and civil society’s development programs was pointed out as the as main point in addressing the national biodiversity loss in the revised NBSAP which was developed based on national needs and priorities for biodiversity conservation. The suitable indicators for a baseline study on public awareness were not defined in the revised National Biodiversity Strategy.


This project has identified key indicators that will show how the country is performing in raising awareness among its population for sustainable conservation of biodiversity. The Number of national meetings organized involving key decision makers and the number and the Number of participants from National NGO’s, Private sector, Media and others participating in training or other workshops with the aims to raise awareness on sustainable biodiversity conservation will be among key indicators to assess the success of this project.


At the end of this project, it is expected that we will have well defined and measurable indicators for a baseline study on public awareness as defined in the first objective of the Strategic Plan 2011-2020 of the Convention on Biological Diversity. Those indicators will be used in the follow national programs to trach their performance in awareness raising among local population.


This project will be implemented at Akanyaru Wetlands, listed as one of endangered Important Birds and Biodiversity Areas (IBAs in Rwanda), through BirdLife International criteria A1 and A3 (A06). Its vegetation consists of a variety of marshy habitats and papyrus swamp. It is home of some of birds’ species listed on IUCN Red list; including the endangered Grey crowned Crane, and Madagascar Pond Heron. Its conservation status is a concern than even before. This project will contribute to the conservation and promotion of this IBA in danger and multiply impact in the community by engaging and empowering young people as key stakeholders always left behind in conservation.


Through this project, Nature Rwanda will establish three new environmental clubs and revamp two existing environmental clubs with about 50 club members in each club. In 8 months, 250 Rwandan youth will be equipped with knowledge and skills they need to contribute to the sustainable conservation of Akanyaru IBA in danger. Nature Rwanda will promote gender equity in conservation and ensure that at least 60% of total project beneficiaries will be female. We anticipate that at least each project beneficiaries will engage 4 other people such as their siblings, parents and neighbours so that our indirect impact will reach to about 1,000 Rwandans in this region. At each of the five schools that will be part of this project, a small fruit garden will be established to allow club members to get hands on experience on raising and taking care of trees to address climate change and improving a healthy living style.


Moreover, #MyWetlandMyFuture campaign will be conducted online as one of the activities leading to the celebration of the World Wetlands day on Sunday February 2nd, 2020 under the theme “Wetlands and Biodiversity”. This one weeklong campaign will feature poems, sketches and message from project beneficiaries to demonstrate the unbreakable tie between wetlands and biodiversity and mostly focusing on how young people must contribute to the sustainable conservation of this IBAs in danger. In order to empower them in sustainable ways, Nature Rwanda will organize training session and distribute 50 books entitled “Africa, our home” in all our five partners school through our collaboration with Pan African Conservation Education Project on distributing environmental education materials in environmental clubs.


This is a scale up of a recently completed project, the project report and media can be found here: https://www.rufford.org/projects/prudence_ndabasanze


Donor: Rufford


This one-year project will be financed by the World Connect and it will implemented in the Western province of Rwanda with the aim to empower women with the knowledge, skills and ability to contribute in decision making processes while promoting the small initiatives aiming at conserving biodiversity for the sustainable development. This project will target about 100 women from rural area who are often more marginalized in decision-making processes and not fully engaged in processes aiming at conserving biodiversity and sustainably using natural resources. In each of the 4 districts which are closest to the Gishwatu-Mukura National park namely Ngororero, Nyabihu, Rubavu, and Rutsiro districts; 25 women from women led cooperatives will be selected in each district and trained on climate change adaptation, alternative for firewood’s, how to take environmental actions and influence policies for sustainable development and livelihoods improvements. At the end of the training, the will all be involved in tree planting activities and take the ownership of the tree planted at the end of the project.


Donor: World Connect


Many economic sectors in Rwanda have been heavily hit by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, and measures introduced to contain its spread all over the country. This has resulted in the closure of many economic activities, which posed a greater challenge to the country's economy driven by services. The impact of the crisis is being felt across the entire country, but mainly for vulnerable people in informal sector who were relying on tourists to sell their products.


There are approximately 300 households within the potters’ community in Nyarugenge area, Kigali city. They constitute the most vulnerable and poor group in the city, and they have been known as potters, and historically marginalized people. The potters’ community mostly earn their living through pottery making and waiving baskets that are bought by tourists visiting the country. However, the lockdown period due to the COVID-19 prevented them to earn any source of income, something that hindered their livelihoods and that of their communities. As marginalized group always left behind, there is an urgent need to support them during this crisis as the recovery of the sector will take more than year.


Therefore, the purpose of this project is to expand the support to approximately 300 people from this group. This support will involve manufacturing and distribution of environmentally friendly and re-usable face masks for them, health and hygiene package and a provision of health insurances for a period of 1 year so that they can recover from the impact induced by this pandemic and thrive.



Donor : Queen’s Commonwealth Trust – COVID-19 Rapid Response Grant

Rivers and wetlands are the most undervalued ecosystems (Rwanda State of the Environment Outlook Report, 2017). This is despite the fact that they provide a range of vital services including hosting numerous floral and faunal species, providing food, filtering water to make it safe for drinking, and fostering inter-community unity. Therefore, due to the immense significance of rivers and wetlands, their sustainable use is indispensable in improving the welfare of Rwandans. This is the overarching goal of Vision 2020.


Mpenge river is a permanent river situated on the southern side of Musanze city, and it is an affluent of Mukungwa River that join to Nyabarongo to become Akagera river; on of the source of Nile River. Mpenge River and surrounding Wetlands are habitat for many birds species including the critically endangered Hooded Vultures under criteria A2acd+3cd+4acd; and endangered Grey Crowned Crane. The river and its wetlands supports the livelihood of the local population through water provision and small scale agriculture. Water levels of Mpenge river have remarkably decreased due to anthropocentric activities mainly agriculture encroachment and waste dumping into water. This is often driven by lack of conservation awareness, lack of access to sufficient potable water as well as people and animals’ competition for the same habitat. This has led to acute pollution related problems including uncontrolled domestic discharges, and irresponsible dumping of commercial and municipal wastes. There have also been drainage concerns, and direct biodiversity habitat loss.


The main objectives of this project are: (1) enhancing pollution control mechanism (proper garbage/ waste collection and management) among the communities neighboring the river, (2) adopting of appropriate restoration actions (replanting of riparian reserve with river-based plant materials dear zoning), (3) demarcating riparian reserve and orientation of existing and new buildings towards the river corridor, and (4) engaging local community to protection and management of Mpenge River. The key target direct beneficiaries are households headed by widow women: 35 (50%), unemployed youth: 25 (35.7%) and others 10 (14.3%). 20 (10 women and 10 men) of the total beneficiaries will form village hygiene&sanitation committees, while other 50 beneficiaries will be engaged into riparian restoration and agro-ecology. This project will benefit the local community through access to clean water and increased income generation from agro-ecology. It will also contribute to the improved biodiversity conservation in the area, and environment conditions of Musanze city. At the completion of this project, riparian zone of the river will be restored and protected, a bird watching site will be established and some local community will be engaged in its protection and management, waste and water management strategies will be established and sustained by the local community.


Donor: Rwanda Governance Borad and UNDP-Rwanda