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Location
Bugesera, Musenyi Sector


Project Summary:
As an organization that works closely with local communities, we recognise that sustainable agriculture practices are highly needed. Maintaining biological diversity is critical in this time where the world is experiencing extreme weather and unusual change in agricultural seasons. In the face of climate change, maintaining biological diversity is important to both food production and conserving the ecological foundations. It is particularly necessary to sustain life and rural livelihood in vulnerable regions such as Bugesera district that has been known for frequent drought, by taking reference to areas neighbouring Akanyaru wetlands specifically in Musenyi sector. In such scenario, Nature Rwanda has identified Conservation Farming (CF) as a strategic way to prepared smallholder farmers communities to adapt to climate change and helping them to start practising conservation farming methods. Conservation farming (CF) is a minimum tillage farming system adapted to smallholder farmers, based on farming systems that emphasizes mulching, using locally available manure and digging planting stations rather than ploughing fields.

Objectives
The main objective of this project is to increase agricultural productivity and income for smallholder farmers while improving climate adaptation farming practices. The specific objectives are: 1) Capacity building among the smallholder farmers and promoting local commitment and participation to adapt to climate change, 2) Introduction and adoption of conservation farming techniques by the local communities, 3) Popularize use of organic fertilizers, promoting compost and livestock manure instead of using inorganic chemical fertilizers which in the long run degrade the soil, 4) establishment of OPV community seed bank.

Timeline
2 years (2018-2019)


Sponsor

45465

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Empowering women for sustainable conservation of Akanyaru IBA

Location
Akanyaru, Bugesera


Project Summary:
The Akanyaru wetlands contribute to community’s wellbeing of about 100,000 people; the value of this ecosystem derives from the use of its goods and services. They provide unique habitat to threatened species but it was listed as an IBA in danger and remains unprotected ecosystem. We want to discoal nnect loccommunities to Akanyaru IBA for its sustainable conservation.  The purpose of this project is to empower women through Cooperative. The main outputs will be habitat rehabilitation, indigenous knowledge documented, and women empowered as key stakeholders who are most of the time are left behind due to social issues.

Objectives
To empower women in sustainable biodiversity conservation though cooperatives while raising awareness on protection and promotion of Akanyaru wetlands,
To remove water hyacinth in Akanyaru Wetlands in order to restore and rehabilitate the birds and other animals’ habitat, and
To promote and adding value on Kosumu’s handcraft products.

Timeline
1 year


Sponsor

Enhancing Conservation Education among kids in primary education through "GO OUTDOORS'' Program.

Location
Busaga Forest, Muhanga Dristrict

Project Summary:
Young people are not aware of the most basic intervention to start acting against major threats that ecosystems face nowadays and that have long-term negative impacts because they are the future generation who will educate those that will take on the world’s heritage in their hands in the future. Young generation should be given a chance to explore what the environment has got for them and take a leading part to conserve it. The potential problem Nature Rwanda is very concerned about is the lack of motivation, skills and information among young generation. This project aims to raise awareness on environmental protection especially the Busaga forest in Muhanga district and capacity building through guided tours and nature walk campaigns.

Objectives
The project objectives are: 1) Raising awareness on ecosystems threats and communicate ways of acting and mitigating consequences of anthropogenic activities; 2) Providing and share knowledge on ecosystems conservation to promote understanding of the values an benefits of different ecosystems for our community in the short and long-run; 3) Changing attitude and behavior towards resources use and sharing among users to meet a sustainable use for the benefit of present and future generation; and 4) developing basic and advanced skills on forest conservation to ensure the participation of the future decision makers to solve the problems that forests are facing here in Rwanda. Through this exercise, kids will not only listen to educators but also contribute by how they perceived the information given to them, in the gathering sessions. They will share the knowledge with their peers after the program has finished and also share the outcomes of the project in their respective local community. Outputs themselves will be published to reach as many young people as possible for a long-term impact.

Sponsor

Empowering and engaging youth in sustainable conservation while raising awareness on biodiversity conservation of Key Biodiversity Areas in Rwanda, case of Gishwati Forest