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Piloting Multiple-Benefit Investment Packages through forest/landscape restoration and REDD+ in Rwanda for scaling up in Africa

As of: November 2020

Rwanda is a very densely populated country in which forest loss, soil erosion and a decline in biological diversity represent significant threats to sustainable development. The project is funding forest and landscape restoration by bringing local governments and the private sector together to work on the development of innovative investment packages, which are deployed in the field and the results further disseminated. Relevant standards in the field of forest and landscape restoration and REDD+ are being applied here, and the right conditions for investments in this field are also being created. The packages are designed to produce positive social, economic and ecological effects and include measures that cut emissions while also providing many other benefits. This ensures products are attractive for the local and international private sector, simultaneously benefit the population and promote the assumption of responsibility by the partner government.

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.… 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:…
  • 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.

Project data


Implementing organisation:
International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) - Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Office

Partner institution(s):
  • Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources (MINAGRI) - Rwanda
  • Ministry of Lands and Forestry - Rwanda
  • Rwanda Environment Management Authority (REMA)
  • Rwanda Water and Forestry Authority

BMU grant:
4.159.451,00 €

06/2015  till  09/2020


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