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LAFREC Issue No 006 January-March 2018

Magazine

Landscape Approach to Forest Restoration and Conser vation Project

A new project is launched REMA launches the “Improving the Efficiency and Sustainability of Charcoal and Wood fuel Value Chains�. The new Project, supported through a grant by the NDF, is to be integrated as part of LAFREC Project Some of the key activities that will be financed under the NDF grant include improved woodlot management, improved tree seeds quality, efficient charcoal production and promotion of alternative sources of energy.


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New project targets improved woodlots, charcoal value chains

Rwf 3.5bn Project launched

LAFREC MidTerm Review ends

Minister Biruta tours LAFREC activities

This Newsletter is a Quarterly publication of the Landscape Approach to Forest Restoration and Conservation (LAFREC) Project. LAFREC is a 5 year Project implemented by Rwanda Environment Management Authority (REMA) with funds from The GEF, LDCF and NDF through the World Bank

Content & Design: Jean pierre bucyensenge Copyright: LAFREC | January 2018

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FOREWORD Dear Readers, Dear Stakeholders, It is our great pleasure to bring to you the 6th Edition of LAFREC Magazine, our quarterly newsletter dedicated to the activities of the Landscape Approach to Forest Restoration and Conservation. LAFREC is a five year Project implemented by Rwanda Environment Management Authority (REMA) and works to rehabilitate and restore the Gishwati-Mukura Landscape. This new issue explores the new project that we have just launched. The new project- to be integrated as part of the ongoing LAFREC- targets four main areas: (i) Improved Woodlot Management (ii)Charcoal Value chains; (iii) Improved tree seeds quality, and (iv) promotion of alternative sources of energy. The new project is a new opportunity for us to strengthen our work in the Gishwati-Mukura landscape and in some other parts of the country- with the overall aim of improving biodiversity, strengthening the proper management of the environment and natural resources as well as contributing to the welfare of communities. Through this issue, we also look at some other activities of LAFREC Project and we bring you unique photos of our interventions. Also, this edition looks at other developments in the protection, rehabilitation and conservation of the Gishwati-Mukura landscape and the improvement of livelihoods of local communities. We hope that you will find this issue interesting and look forward to your continued support and feedback. Enjoy!

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PATRICK NSABIMANA LAFREC Project Coordinator


New project targets improved woodlots, charcoal value chains in the Gishwati-Mukura landscape The Government of Rwanda has received a 3.5 billion Rwandan francs (3 382 000 Euros) grant that will be used to improve woodlot management, charcoal production and tree seeds quality. The grant from the Nordic Development Fund (NDF) will help to implement a project on “Improving the Efficiency and Sustainability of Charcoal and Wood fuel Value Chains” in North-Western Rwanda. The NDF grant will be managed by the World Bank. The NDF-funded project will be integrated into the Landscape Approach to Forest Restoration and Conservation (LAFREC) Project implemented by Rwanda Environment Management Authority (REMA). Some of the key activities that will be financed under the grant agreement include improved woodlot management, improved tree seeds quality, efficient charcoal production and promotion of alternative sources of energy. The woodlot management part of the project will encompass forests in Gishwati-Mukura, which in 2016 became Rwanda’s fourth National Park. Building upon existing plans and training, the NDF-funded activities will initiate local-level planning of existing woodlots

to improve management and increase productivity. The project components also include strengthening cooperatives to improve charcoal production techniques as well as the value, quality and marketing of the charcoal produced. Additionally, NDF will support the National Seed Centre in order to improve and diversify the tree seed pool. The final part of the project will target commercial tea factories' wood consumption and households’ cooking needs through analysis and promotion of sustainable alternatives. “We are very grateful for the continued trust and support from our partners. This kind of strong multilateral collaboration is enabling us to achieve our agenda of a better and properly managed environment”, observed Eng. Coletha RUHAMYA, Director General of REMA. “This grant will allow us to contribute more to increasing forest cover, improving wood fuel value chains, improving the quality of our tree seeds, creating jobs, increasing our country’s resilience to climate change and improving socioeconomic welfare,” Eng. RUHAMYA added. The project will be complete in December 2019.

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DG Ruhamya of REMA (L) exchanges the signed MoU with DG Ngabonziza of RWFA

Rwf 3.5bn Project launched

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Officials have called for strong collaboration between all stakeholders to ensure that efficient alternative sources of energy are found and efficient utilization of wood fuels. While speaking in Kigali on Tuesday 6th February 2018 during the launch of the “Improving the Efficiency and Sustainability of Charcoal and Wood Fuel Value Chains” project, the Minister for Environment, Hon. Vincent Biruta, called for concerted efforts to improve the management of woodlots to increase forests, increase productivity and their long-term sustainability. “Forests in Rwanda provide 86% of primary energy source mainly as cooking energy for households and industries like tea factories; hold the base for the country’s tourism opportunities, protect watersheds and downstream wetlands and support agriculture, among others”, Minister Biruta said. However, the Minister noted, “Fuel wood and charcoal are not the cheapest sources of domestic cooking energy”.

DG Ruhamya of REMA (TOP) and DG Ngabonziza of RWFA during the signing ceremony of the Memorandum of Understanding for the implementation of the NDF-funded project

Speaking of the new project, he said: “We believe that this project we have launched today -together with LAFREC Project- will contribute highly to achieving the country’s target of having a better and sound environment, increasing forest cover, increasing resilience of communities to the climate change as well as improving the welfare of our population”

He said he expects the new project to contribute strongly to setting ground for a shift from the extensive use and reliance on biomass to other sustainable, efficient and environment friendly sources of energy.

The “Improving the Efficiency and Sustainability of Charcoal and Wood fuel Value Chains” is financed by the Nordic Development Fund (NDF) through the World Bank. It will focus on the North-Western Rwanda in the Gishwarti-Mukura landscape with a possibility to extend to other parts of the country.

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 Minister BIRUTA speaks at the launch of the new Project Rwf 3.5bn Project on woodlot management, charcoal launched General of REMA. The project total budget is 3 382 000 euros (Approximately 3.5 billion Rwandan francs). This NDF grant will benefit the Landscape Approach to Forest Restoration and Conservation (LAFREC) Project implemented by Rwanda Environment Management Authority (REMA).

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e expect more

people to shift from biomass to more sustainable and efficient alternative sources of

Part of activities to be financed under the new project, Eng. Ruhamya said, will be on looking for alternative sources of energy to reduce the use of charcoal and biomass and thus reduce the pressure on forests. “We expect to have more people shifting from biomass to cheaper, sustainable and efficient alternative sources of energy”, Eng. Ruhamya noted.

Some of the key activities energy that will be financed under the grant agreement - Eng. Ruhamya include improved woodlot management, imDuring the launch, a proved tree seeds quality, memorandum of underefficient charcoal production and promo- standing was also signed between REMA tion of alternative sources of energy, accord- and the Rwanda Water and Forestry Auing to Eng. Coletha U. Ruhamya, Director thority (RWFA). The MoU will guide the col8

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 Participants in the launch pause in a group photo Rwf 3.5bn Project on woodlot management, charcoal launched laboration between the two institutions for implementation of components related to woodlot management, efficient charcoal value chains and improved seeds quality, among others. Other partners in the implementation of this project are the Districts of Ngororero, Rubavu, Nyabihu and Rutsiro. Kigali City and secondary cities will be targeted for the promotion of alternative sources of energy while households and tea factories in the intervention areas will be encouraged to adopt environmentfriendly, efficient and sustainable alternatives instead of relying

L-R: Emmanueal NYAMASWA (Western Province), Faustin MUNYAZIKWIYE (DDG/REMA), and Alphonsine NTABANA (SPIU Coordinator/REMA)

Minister Biruta and the World Bank Country Director Yasser El Hon. Gammal at the launch of the new project

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We have been following the work of the LAFREC Project with interest because it is a very successful Project. That is why it is a pleasure for NDF to join the implementation of this project. With this project, we are supporting a holistic approach for the benefit of the low-income people. Second, we hope these investments will lead to future investments building from good experiences from LAFREC Project. We are hopeful that we will continue to collaborate in the future on tackling the climate change and we hope that everyone will contribute to make this project a success.”

Martina ..

JAGERHORN NDF COUNTRY REPRESENTATIVE Speaking at the launch of “Improving the Efficiency and Sustainability of Charcoal and Wood Fuel Value Chains” project KIGALI | FEBRUARY 6, 2018

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The long-term objective of all us is to provide a more sustainable source of energy. We all know that in the next years to come wood and charcoal is going to continue to be the main source of energy for households. We therefore need to look for sustainable alternatives. This initiative means more production and a more sustainable way of managing charcoal & woodlots. We are very used, as the World Bank, to pick good experiences from Rwanda and replicate them elsewhere. We hope that the outcomes of this initiative are going to be something that we can use in neighboring countries.”

Yasser

EL-GAMMAL WORLD BANK COUNTRY DIRECTOR Speaking at the launch of “Improving the Efficiency and Sustainability of Charcoal and Wood Fuel Value Chains” project KIGALI | FEBRUARY 6, 2018

The Government of Rwanda is making lots of efforts and investing lots of resources in forest and woodlot management as well as in restoring degraded forests through agro-forestry, sustainable management of existing woodlots, protection & restoration of natural ecosystems & supporting productive forests. This is a good opportunity to create awareness on the need of sustainable woodlot management & encourage Rwandans to adopt alternative sources of energy.”

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NGABONZIZA

Speaking at the launch of “Improving the Efficiency and Sustainability of Charcoal and Wood Fuel Value Chains” project

Director General, RWFA

KIGALI | FEBRUARY 6, 2018

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The World Bank & NDF Team during the MTR

LAFREC Mid-Term Review ends on a positive note

The World Bank has concluded the MidTerm Review (MTR) for the Landscape Approach to Forest Restoration and Conservation (LAFREC). This exercise- conducted from February 1 to February 8, 2018- included meetings with implementing stakeholders and partners and field visits to some of the activities implemented under the project in the Districts of Rutsiro, Ngororero, Rubavu and Nyabihu, Western Province. Some of the visited activities included woodlot management activities, restoration and rehabilitation of the Gishwati-Mukura National Park and silvopastoralism. The Team also visited community livelihoods projects supported under LAFREC’s flagshipship programme on livelihood improvement and welfare creation, including beekeeping, ecotourism activities and modern farming projects, among others. In addition, a visit was also conducted at Rutsiro Tea Company to assess the use of

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wood fuels. A new project- launched on February 6. 2018 (See P5-11)- will look to introduce alternative sources of energy for tea factories and households. A special visit was also conducted at the National Tree Seeds Centre in Huye to assess its operations as part of the envisaged support to the Centre under the newly launched Improving the Efficiency and Sustainability of Charcoal and Wood Fuel Value Chains� project. They also assisted to a football match organized as part of LAFREC Community Education Programme. LAFREC targets mass events- such as sports events- to convey messages on conservation, proper environment management and efficient use of natural resources. The match, that pitted the team of Ruhango Sector against Gihango, in Rutsiro, ended with a 1-0 win in favour of Gihango sector football team. The Review ended successfully , with the Review Team commending the achievements of the project.

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IN FIGURES: LAFREC project key achievements In this section we present some of the key achievements of LAFREC as per the Project indicators. The figures are as of mid- February 2018:

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Land area where Sustainable Land Management (SLM) practices (silvopastoral systems, improved micro-catchment management through enhanced forestry, agroforestry and sustainable land management techniques) have been adopted as a result of the project:

2115.96 hectares PROGRESS (%)

67.84%

ACTUAL AREA (Ha)

PROGRESS AGAINST TOTAL TARGET

2115.96 0

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3000

Area restored or re/afforested ( Including areas rehabilitated within the Gishwati-Mukura National Park and its buffer zones, and new or rehabilitated production or protection forests outside of the Park ) :

1626 Hectares

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ACTIVITY

TOTAL TASK TARGET (Ha)

ACTUAL ACHIEVEMENTS

AVERAGE (%)

Agro-forestry & forest restoration Physical demarcation of the reserves

1913.20

1482.33

81.83 %

687.30

144.33

21.00%

GRAND SUMMARY

2600.50

1626.66

66.62%

Land users adopting sustainable land management practices as a result of the project: 9152 New areas outside protected areas managed as biodiversity friendly (including demarcation of buffer zones, fencing of Gishwati-Mukura core forest, improved woodlot, Support of restoration of farmer-managed natural regeneration pasturelands, agro-forestry and terracing) :

871.41 Hectares

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Number of knowledge products on landscape management disseminated to target audience :

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PICTORIAL : LAFREC MTR

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 A part of the Gishwati-Mukura

Minister Biruta tours LAFREC activities The Minister of Environment Hon. Vincent Biruta toured the activities of the Landscape Approach to Forest Restoration and Conservation (LAFREC) Project. The visit, on October 13, 2017, saw the Minister tour the rehabilitation of the Gishwati-Mukura landscape including actiities related to the restoration of illegal mining sites in the Gishwati-Mukura National park, afforestation, land husbandry and livelihoods improvement interventions. The Minister also spoke to local communities , discussing their roles and responsibilities in the project implementation as well as in environment conservation at large. While speaking to communities aroud the

Gishwati_Mukura National park, Minister Biruta encouraged local residents to protect the park and take advantage of the opportunities tourism will provide. He told them: “ The Gishwati_Mukura Park is a resource for all and should be respected. Make the most of it by protecting the forest as it encourages tourism. You should work to protect this park and take advantage of the tourism opportunities brought by its creation”. "For those interested in mining, ensure you do it properly”.

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PICTORIAL : Min. Biruta visit

Minister Biruta plants an indigenous tree in support of the restoration of the Gishwati-Mukura National Park

Minister Biruta and some members of the delegation accompanying him on the visit

DG Eng. Coletha RUHAMYA (L) and LAFREC Project ďƒ™ REMA Coordinator Patrick NSABIMANA plants trees to support the restoration of Gishwatri-Mukura National Park.

Rutsiro District Vice Mayor/Economic Affairs

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ABOUT LAFREC PROJECT LAFREC is a 5 years project which works to rehabilitate the highly-degraded Gishwati-Mukura landscape. The project is designed to demonstrate landscape management for enhanced environmental services and climate resilience. This will be achieved through the conservation of biodiversity, increased forest cover, climate change adaptation efforts

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together with combating land degradation and provision of livelihood alternatives to communities. The Project is funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF) through the World Bank.


Silvopastoralism activities in Nyabihu District

Terracing

Rehabilitation of illegal mining sites

The Minister (Centre with cap), DG /REMA and other officials pause for a group photo on the outskirts of Gishwati-Mukura National Park

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GISHWATI-MUKURA PARK MANAGEMENT PLAN COMPLETED The development of the 10-year Management Plan and 3-Year Action Plan for the Gishwati-Mukura National Park has been completed. This Ten-Year Management Plan for GMNP recognises that conservation and enhancement of ecosystem functions constitute a key ingredient of good social and economic vitality. The plan’s ambitions and priorities are set within the context of evolving national policy and their delivery at a local level. The planning exercise was done by REMA through LAFREC Project and the final document will be used by Rwanda development Board- the Authoority mandated with the management of parks and promotion of tourism in the country

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IN BRIEF

NEW SKILLS FOR NYABIHU BEEKEEPERS A five day capacity building programme targeting beekeepers in Nyabihu District was conducted from February 9, 2018. The programme, targeting members of the Nyabihu Beekeepers Cooperatives’ Union (NBCU) included both a practical training and study tour to learn some of the best honey production practices. The union is supported by LAFREC under the Project’s livelihoods improvement programme.

Beekeepers from Rubavu District also benefited from the training programme. The training programme covered a range of topics including proper beekeeping practices, honey processing, pest management, quality ensurance, product marketing as well as production of toher products from honey wastes

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LAFREC PROJECT MAGAZINE (Issue No 006)  

It is our great pleasure to bring to you the 6th Edition of LAFREC Magazine, our quarterly newsletter dedicated to the activities of the Lan...

LAFREC PROJECT MAGAZINE (Issue No 006)  

It is our great pleasure to bring to you the 6th Edition of LAFREC Magazine, our quarterly newsletter dedicated to the activities of the Lan...

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