April 19, 2024

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Kirehe: RFA, IUCN, RWARRI hail the survival rate of the trees planted during the 2023 season

The Rwanda Forestry Authority, IUCN Rwanda and Rwanda Rural Rehabilitation Initiative (RWARRI) have noted a great success regarding the high survival rate of the trees planted during the 2023 tree planting season.

This was noted during a joint monitoring mission to assess the implementation progress of AREECA project in Mpanga and Nasho sectors’ sites in Kirehe District, Eastern Province, on the 26 March 2024.

The Vice Mayor for Economic Development, Nzirabatinya Modeste, received a team from IUCN Rwanda, Rwanda Forestry Authority and RWARRI that was led by Dr Alphonse Guzha, the Programme Manager at IUCN Rwanda.

The 2019 forest cover report indicates that t Rwanda has exceeded 30% forest cover target by 2020 and achieved 30.4 %.

In an effort to sustain and increase Rwanda’s forests cover, the government of Rwanda through Rwanda Forestry Authority (RFA) is working closely with IUCN to catalyse and accelerate restoration beyond the vision 2020 targets.

Such initiatives include programmes such as the Alliance for Restoration of Forest Landscapes and Ecosystems in Africa (AREECA) expected to catalyse, accelerate and upscale restoration of degraded forest landscape ecosystems in four countries including Rwanda, Kenya, Cameroon and Malawi.

Through the AREECA programme, currently a total of 1000 ha of lands was planted agroforestry trees, 23.821km of roadside were planted with different species. Around 3000 fruits trees were distributed and planted by local small farmers.  Over 2022 ha of forest were enriched by different species and 17 ha were planted with new forest both in Nyagatare and Kirehe districts in eastern part of Rwanda.

RWARRI is a non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion and improvement of socio-economic welfare of rural communities in Rwanda.

AREECA project is funded by The International Climate Initiative that supports climate & biodiversity projects worldwide. It is implemented by IUCN Rwanda and other partners.

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