Piloting Multiple-Benefit Investment Packages through forest/landscape restoration and REDD+ in Rwanda for scaling up in Africa
As of: August 2019
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 a biodiversity survey in selected sites located in Gatsibo, Gicumbi, Rwamagana and Burera Districts to serve as a baseline for further assessments on the impact of restoration with indigenous trees on biodiversity.
- In the framework of promoting synergies among stakeholders towards greening Rwanda, the former Ministry of Lands and Forestry in partnership with IUCN convened stakeholders across different sectors to exchange views and come up with concrete recommendations on coordination and sustainable options to green Rwanda. The meeting took place on 12th September 2018 in Kigali and gathered four ministers as panelists.
- The project supported the Rwanda Water and Forestry Authority and its stakeholders to jointly elaborate and review the capacity building plan of the ‘National Tree Seed Centre: TSC’ located in Arboretum, Huye District in Southern Province.
- In November 2018, the restoration activities were done on 3,614 hectares across 2 pilot districts (Gatsibo and Gicumbi) and these are made up of 3,300 ha of agroforestry, 300 ha of new plantations, 14 ha of protective forests, and around 1,500 ha of existing forests were properly managed. Two special planting events have been organised in Gatsibo and Gicumbi Districts to raise awareness on FLR and the events brought together 560 participants including youth, schools, local leaders and community who planted 9,000 trees in farmlands and 1,500 trees along Mulindi river in Gicumbi District
- The project partnered with Rwanda Wildlife Conservation Association (RWCA) to promote indigenous trees in degraded landscapes. In this framework, the project planted a total of 20,215 indigenous trees in selected landscapes surrounding Muhazi Lake and Rugezi wetland. This activity involved 729 community members and 603 youth learners (pupils) in December 2019.
- The project supported the launch of the 2018/19 Tree Planting Season at Rebero hill in the capital Kigali which coincides with the celebration of the 43rd National Tree Planting Day.
- The project facilitated the Canal + Afrique filming activity held on 13th December 2018 in Rwanda, to document the efforts of farmers and other stakeholders in restoration of the landscapes. The report will be published through Rendez-vous emission at Canal+ Afrique in April 2019.
- The project supported and coordinated a TV filming activity done by Deutsche Welle in Rwanda on 3 - 4 October 2018 to make a TV report about the AFR100 Initiative in Rwanda for their show eco@Africa. The video link is: www.dw.com/…