Biodiversity is the variety of life on Earth. It is essential for sustaining the ecosystems that provide our communities with food, fuel, health, wealth, and other vital services. In Rwanda, policy recognises forestry as one of the pillars of the national economy, playing an important role in supporting agriculture, tourism, environmental stability, energy, and much more. The government of Rwanda aims to achieve 30% forest coverage by 2020. It is in this context that each year, Government and its partners conduct tree planting campaigns to meet multiple needs in wood.
Despite the efforts to increase forest resources, the gap between the supply and demand for wood forest products has never been filled. The pressure on tree cutting and poor protection of trees that have been planted are one of the keys issues. REDO has implemented a project known as “Rwanda Forestation and Wildlife Conservation project” where, through our network of technicians, volunteers, and community leaders, we provide technical knowledge on agroforestry, reforestation, and sustainable development, as well as planting materials for communities living around Busaga Forest, a small natural forest located in Muhanga district.
We work together with handicraft producer cooperatives and a group of 54 women in developing tree nurseries which consist of variety of forestry and agroforestry species including eucalyptus, grevellia, sisal and pinus. These trees are planted in the Busaga buffer zone and in local farms in order to protect biodiversity in the forest, especially the rare species of trees present there.