Tree planting in Rugezi Marsh, Rwanda


High population density, poverty and climate chaos in the Rugezi Marsh region
Key function for biodiversity
Planting of 6,250 trees by DSUS as part of a holistic reforestation project

In northern Rwanda is Rugezi Marsh, a wetland protected under the Ramsar Convention and a key area for biodiversity. The region is characterised by high population density and poverty. Combined with climate chaos, this puts intense pressure on natural resources.

The registered NGO Rwanda Wildlife Conservation Association, founded and run by local community members, has been active in Rwanda for several years. In their project work, they maintain a holistic, multidisciplinary approach to conservation and sustainable, educational solutions. The measures in the region around Rugezi are 100% supported by the government.

In cooperation with NABU Stiftung International, the RWCA planted 20,000 young native trees from its own nursery last autumn. Of these, 6,250 trees were contributed by DSUS funds amounting to 25,000 euros. This renaturalises natural forest on a total area of 9.1 ha.

Soil preparation and planting measures were carried out with the involvement of local community members. Children and young people from environmental organisations were also involved in the project. Education and the creation of environmental awareness among young and old characterise the events of the RWCA. Raising awareness among the local population promotes the long-term success of the environmental protection measures.

RWCA believes in the importance of planting indigenous species from their nursery. They see the work as raising trees rather than just planting them. Therefore, the young trees are nurtured for two years. Marsh rangers also regularly patrol the project area.

Valuable forests against climate change are being created in the project area. RWCA's philosophy brings back native flora and fauna and stands for meaningful educational work. Children and young people learn to value trees and to actively protect them. This creates harmony between people and nature. In addition, every single tree helps us through its CO2-saving potential.