Piloting Multiple-Benefit Investment Packages through forest/landscape restoration and REDD+ in Rwanda for scaling up in Africa
As of: September 2020
Objective and activities
The project aims to promote the restoration of a mosaic of forest landscapes and enhance carbon stocks in Rwanda as well as deepen commitments to FLR across Eastern Africa. It aims to stimulate increased public and private investment in FLR at community, district, national and regional levels. The planned measures will support enabling conditions through policy and programmatic frameworks, the establishment of a Private-Public Partnership (PPP), and pilot restoration of carbon intensive landscapes in two districts. The measures will also stimulate market demand for restoration products and increase structured investment mechanisms that target small and large investors.
State of implementation/results
- The project supported the National Forest cover and soil erosion control mapping exercises that will be validated in October 2019 and finished in December 2019. Rwanda was found to have reached the goal of 30% Forest cover though the forest productivity and species diversifications are still outstanding challenges to overcome. www.newtimes.co.rw/… These are important milestones for the government as the country prepares to evaluate various achievements made in the decade ending 2020 and as part of the vison 2020 reporting.
- Support of the development of Forest Landscape Restoration (FLR) technical packages, which were presented to the Minister of Environment in the Senior Management Meeting and got validated in the cross-sectoral taskforce in December 2019. The report is being peer reviewed and will soon be published.
- The FLR story map for Rwanda has been published: iucn.maps.arcgis.com/…
- Support of the print out and dissemnation of 50 copies of booklet "Guidelines on seedlings production and tree planting" in Gicubi District to increase and improve the skills of local technicians in forests planting and management.
- Support of the design of a training hall that will be constructed within the intension of supporting the National Tree Seed Center to improve the quality of their deliverables. The training hall will be used to deliver the training and host the reserach meetings.
- Support of the rehabilitation of 492 plots (totalling 200 ha) of different species in Ruhande arboretum. The main activities focused on the maintenance of seed sources and cleaning of firebreaks (roads) inside the arboretum.
- The project contributed to the construction of a modern permanent nursery of 943 m2, which will allow the Tree Seed Center to supply seedlings of priority species to meet the demand for seedling for tree planting programs and train the actors involved in tree-seed value chain on proper techniques for seedlings production. – Contribution to the training of 34 Forest Extension Officers in Gicumbi District in October 2019. The technicians in charge of forestry operating at sector level have been equipped with tehnical skills in tree nursery management, tree planting and forest management and the right way to deliver FLR extension services.
- Contribution to the improvement of quality of seeds collected by the TSC due to the local technician appointed at TSC to work day to day with staff and serve as a technical coach in seed handling. 812 kg of seed collected between October and December 2019 have been inspected for quality assurance.