Conservation of Biodiversity and Natural Resources and Climate Protection by Sustainable Agriculture and Forestry at Cyamudongo Forest (Rwanda)
As of: May 2019
Objective and activities
Cyamudongo, national park since 2004, is an isolated forest relict in SW Ruanda. Unsustainable land use and extreme soil erosion threaten the forest and its great biodiversity. The project supports the local population in the marginal zones of the park to transfer to sustainable agroforestry and forest restoration. Measures contribute to food security and energy supply and reduce pressure on the forest, protecting the geo-ecological functions and biodiversity of the forest. Farmers, trained by the project, will plant 1.5 mil. saplings around the margins. These agroforestry systems and micro-forest holdings stop wood extraction from Cyamudongo and sequester carbon. An adjacent forest relict will be connected via afforestation. The project strengthens the public awareness on the value of biodiversity and ecosystem services. It anchors nature and resource conservation in political processes, makes recommendations and educates rangers, staff of nature conservation agencies and students.
State of implementation/results
- Five tree nurseries are established, producing currently 135.000 seedlings for the 2017 planting campaign.
- In 2017 in cooperation with local authorities about 1.100 hectares of land has been identified for reforestation/restauration for the planting campaign.