Tree planting in Rugezi Marsh, Rwanda
In northern Rwanda, Rugezi Marsh is located, 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 (RWCA), founded and run by local community members, has been active in Rwanda for several years. In their project work, they keep 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 the NABU Stiftung International, the RWCA planted 20,000 young native trees from its own tree nursery last fall. Of these trees, 6,250 were contributed by 25,000 euros funds from the Daniel Schlegel Umweltstiftung. This will renaturate the forest on a total area of 9.1 hectares.
Soil preparation and planting measures were carried out involving local community members. Children and young people from environmental organisations also joined the project. Educating and raising environmental awareness among the local population characterise the work of the RWCA. This promotes the long-term success of the environmental protection measures.
RWCA believes in the importance of planting indigenous species from their nursery. They consider their work as raising trees rather than just planting them. For this reason, the young trees are nurtured for two years. Marsh rangers also regularly patrol the project area.
Forests valuable in to combat climate change are created in the project area. RWCA’s philosophy brings back original 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 with its CO₂-saving potential.