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Improving socio economic conditions of Historically Marginalized People

The purpose of this project is to enhance the participation of historically marginalised people (HMP) known as Batwa, in socio- economic activities that enable them to improve their livelihoods and contribute to the conservation of Nyungwe National Park. As these people used to live in the forest, they have little or no land and have no access to forest resources and still marginalised by both their self stigma and the rest of Rwandan Society which leads them to rarely participate in government policies such as health insurance, family planning, education for all, legal marriage, etc. And to Empower youth for promoting agroforestry and vegetable garden for village greening, income generation, food security and coping to climate changes.

Promoting Energy Efficiency for Sustainable Conservation of Forests

The project is in line with the government program through the Ministry of Infrastructures and the Rwanda Energy Group(REG) to promote improved cook stoves (ICS) in one pilot sector of each district. Using ICS cook reduces up to three times more efficient than the traditional 3-stone stove, free up the time spent by women and children in collecting firewood, and contribute to improve human and environment health especially forest ecosystems. The survey conducted around Cyamudongo forest in Nkungu sector in 2013 by Wildlife Conservation Society(WCS) /Rwanda Development Board/Nyungwe National Park in partnership with Rural Environment and Development Organization (REDO) showed that 70% of respondents agreed that the park is used to collect fire wood by local communities.

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Promoting modern beekeeping integrated to environment

The main focus of this project is to sustainably conserve the biodiversity in and around Nyungwe national park, by reducing poverty and improving the livelihoods of surrounding people through beekeeping integrated to agro forestry, therefore eliminating the need to take resources from the forest. The poor people will be trained in modern beekeeping oriented to business and promoting agro forestry for soil conservation, feeding their animals and increasing food security via fruits tree promotion .Awareness raising on agro forestry tree is very important to the increase of honey production and biodiversity conservation and local communities have to know the importance of agro forestry in soil productivity which lead to food security and honey in nutrition and livelihood improvement.

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Advocacy - REDO has initiated two kinds for advocacy:

One for enforcement for climate resilience, food security and livelihood improvement (PCFL) named in local language TWEZE N’EJO means Let’s harvest even tomorrow, aimed to handle environmental related challenges, Advocate for bigger agriculture budget allocations in Rwanda on all levels.. Small holder farmers need to have access to sustainable environmental information and agriculture opportunities that influence realization of human rights and economic empowerment through good policies and best practices and collectively engaging to hold the government accountable.

Another one for Historically Marginalised People social integration into community

Rearing small animals

Goats are one of the solutions for generating income to Historically Marginalized People families. Last year 232 goats have been distributed to the beneficiaries and 48 died, 65 gave birth to 85 babies which will be redistributed to other 41 households during March 2019

Promoting Sustainable Agriculture in a Changing Climate in Bugesera District

REDO recognizes that it is needed to sustainably produce enough nutritious food in the face of climate change by maintaining biological diversity which is important to both food production and conserving the ecological foundations necessary to sustain life and rural livelihood in vulnerable regions

Promoting Sustainable Agriculture in a Changing Climate in Bugesera District” on practical demonstrations so that communities should have the basic skills and knowledge for climate change, mitigation and adaptation.

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