-- Application round February 2019 opens 1 January 2019 --
Approved Projects
In 2017, the following project was sponsored:

Ecosystem restoration in Nyungwe National Park, Rwanda

2017
by Ange IMANISHIMWE - Biocoop Rwanda


Exotic plant species constitute a serious threat to native biodiversity and ecosystem functioning in Nyungwe National Park; however, they are a potential source of income generation and livelihood
enhancement for the local poor people living around the Park. The aim of this project is creating a win-win situation (where both the ecosystem and local people will have equal benefits) through
eradication of exotic plant species, job creation, and timber provision to local poor people living in high risk zones around the Park.


Update September 2017, from the project leader Ange Imanishimwe:  


"The implementation of the project is going well. We are working very hard and we have so far covered 21 hectares removing exotic and invasive plant species from Nyungwe National Park. More than 35 interns from University of Rwanda and from Kitabi College of Conservation and Environmental Management have been involved, 72 local people have got temporary jobs, and more than 1750 people have been reached teaching them biodiversity conservation through community outreach events.


We trained Journalists, University staff, and religious people for enhancing biodiversity conservation understanding in Rwanda. We also empowered 3 environmental clubs at secondary schools. University interns are also involved, as can be seen in the video: https://youtu.be/ZkRO9CMTgJM .


We are also reaching out beekeepers teaching them how their beekeeping can be improved and provide jobs for them and their children as a support to their good job. https://m.youtube.com/channel/UCb5BrILBBZvlq5HessKroRQ and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3PU0fAQb6ds&t=84s


Project introduction:


Exotic plant species constitute a serious threat to native biodiversity and ecosystem functioning in Nyungwe National Park; however, they are a potential source of income generation and livelihood enhancement for the local poor people living around the Park.

The aim of this project is creating a win-win situation (where both the ecosystem and local people will have equal benefits) through eradication of exotic plant species, job creation, and timber provision to local poor people living in high risk zones around the Park.


Please watch this video, introducing the work done by BIOCOOP:  https://vimeo.com/224356136 


 


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