Tree Planting Community Program

Main Theme: Engaging the Local Community in Environmental Conservation, Tourism and Sustainable Development Programs around the Volcanoes National Park

Red Rocks Rwanda Intercultural Centre is presently on the move to engage the local community around the Volcanoes National park in the tourism, conservation efforts and sustainable development activities to improve the livelihoods and to reduce poverty in general. It has initiated programs that will see the local community engage more in public debates in a bid to promote sustainable conservation and tourism efforts, and community development. The program also aims to raise awareness about the significance of Volcanoes National Park to the local population.

Towards this initiative Red Rocks has involved gorilla trackers and forest guides to engage the local community and visitors on healthy talks and debates geared towards promoting responsible and sustainable tourism.

Volcanoes National Park mountain gorilla trackers play a key role in conservation and tourism since they are extremely significant in keeping track of the primates’ movement patterns, habitat protection and keeping records of population demographics. Furthermore, they are indispensable in preventing rampant poaching by removing snares and preventing general poaching activities within the national park.

Gorilla trackers and forest guides therefore have a wealth of information and Red Rocks is working towards tapping into this to share the valuable information with guests during these interactions.
The talks and debates have multiple management application that include but not limited to; introduction to research and community tourism development initiatives.

It is in our goals that we are going to work on these valuable initiatives and programs. We are partnering with different stakeholders and well-wishers towards the protection of mountain gorilla to disseminate and share valuable information and data.
We have established innovative joint-venture partnership efforts with tourism investors and management companies interested in direct economic and social transformation of the local community. Consequently, the locals will benefit directly from tourism and have the stimulus to protect mountain gorillas’ natural habitat. Furthermore, the initiatives are meant to make the locals live in harmony with the wildlife, and prevent perennial human-wildlife conflict that have been the bane of sustainable tourism and conservation efforts in the area.

Besides providing employment opportunities, the revenue earned through such responsible tourism efforts is directed to the community fund which supports local social and economic ventures like education healthcare and access to clean water among myriad of others.

To ramp up its environmental conservation efforts, Red Rocks Intercultural Centre also initiated a project of replanting trees on the slopes of the Volcanoes. This program is quite significant because it aids the people living in these steep areas to improve their lives via environmentally safe and sound development projects. The project is also important in mitigating potential environmental
Hazards that might wreck the lives of the local community like soil erosion, land degradation, landslides and deforestation.
Through Red Rocks network with volunteers, agro- forestry experts and community leaders we provide modern valuable technical know-how on agro-forestry, reforestation and sustainable development together with providing planting materials like seeds, seedlings and fertilizers through our initiative.

We are proud that more than 300 local families have planted thousands of trees that have reclaimed large swathe of degraded land, leading to enrichment of land suitable for agricultural production.

We have also trained local farmers in agro-forestry, fruit tree production, reforestation and vegetable production to improve their yields. Families have now begun seeing how agro-forestry may revolutionize their daily efforts, like gathering of firewood for domestic use, fertilize their soil, feed their domestic animals and make their yard gardens more productive.

The initiative started as an effort to promote agro-forestry technique in one community. However, it has burgeoned to include district-wide integrated agro-forestry training program.

The Red Rocks program is currently training approximately 20 families in Nyakinama Sector and has overseen planting of over 200,000 trees that has helped to minimize its carbon footprint and to create a healthy ecosystem for local birds and animals.

Under this program we seek to instill the global green village approach that embraces better livelihood techniques that conserve the environment. This model is centered on three pillars of sustainability; community development, environmental development and economic development
Sustainability Debates

 

It has initiated programs that will see the local community engage more in public debates in a bid to promote sustainable conservation and tourism efforts, and community development. The program also aims to raise awareness about the significance of Virunga Massif to the local population.
Towards this initiative Red Rocks has involved gorilla trackers and forest guides to engage the local community and visitors on healthy talks and debates geared towards promoting responsible and sustainable tourism.
Virunga Massif mountain gorilla trackers play a key role in conservation and tourism since they are extremely significant in keeping track of the primates’ movement patterns, habitat protection and keeping records of population demographics. Furthermore, they are indispensable in preventing rampant poaching by removing snares and preventing general poaching activities within the national park.
Gorilla trackers and forest guides therefore have a wealth of information and Red Rocks is working towards tapping into this to share the valuable information with guests during these interactions.The talks and debates have multiple management application that include but not limited to; introduction to research and community tourism development initiatives.

It is in our goals that we are going to work on these valuable initiatives and programs that will see the Tourist who visit the Mountain Gorillas and other well-wishers get more details on conservation and tourism community engagement around the Virunga Massif. The program is on a complementary basis to any visiting tourist conservationist, Biologist and or researchers so kindly feel free to healthy ecosystem for local birds and wildlife.
Under this program we seek to instill the global green village approach that embraces better livelihood techniques that conserve the environment. This model is centered on four pillars of sustainability; community development, environmental development and economic development.