ENVironment awareness and energy conservation
Energy-efficient fuel stoves
A shortage of fuel for cooking is one of the many problems faced by the communities we work with, particularly those living around Nyungwe Forest National Park. Despite Nyungwe Forest being a protected area, results from our survey still showed that the majority of the population in the area used firewood which came from within the park. Such activity is not only illegal, but depletes local sources of firewood, while also exposing families to potentially deadly smoke fumes.
With the aim of sustaining biodiversity in and around Nyungwe Forest National Park, REDO have been tackling this issue through the introduction of more fuel-efficient stoves in households. With our help and training, members of our communities are working together to construct their own fuel-efficient stoves which are both affordable and easy to use; allow more trees the opportunity to grow, and reduce health risks associated with large amounts of smoke in the home and in their lungs.
Bee-keeping to sustain biodiversity
REDO works in partnership with over 2000 bee-keepers and international organisations such as the Wildlife Conservation Society to support sustainable livelihoods in poor and remote communities, as well as providing an essential ecosystem service to the environment through bee-keeping. The conservation of bees is critical to the survival of local plant life; a crucial element of sustainable environmental conservation and biodiversity enrichment. The greatest value of the bee-keeping lies in its impact on agriculture and food production. Bees pollinate flowering plants and crops which leads to good quality seed production, increased fruit quality and yield, fruits setting within the same period, the development of fruits to their maximum potential.
The presence of bee colonies in the area yields higher quantity and quality of many fruits and vegetables, ranging from apples, aubergines, avocados and beans; to citrus fruits, mangoes, papayas, passion fruits, and many more!) Uneven and small fruit are indication of insufficient pollination. It has been estimated that the influence of apiculture (bee-keeping) on agricultural production is 10 or 15 times more important than the direct action by man. Honey production is therefore secondary compared with the beneficial influence of bees on farming activities.