Regional Experts Workshop Report on the Kivu-Rusizi Watersheds: “Intervention Plan to Enhance Climate Change Resilience for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services”

This regional experts workshop was organized by ACNR in collaboration with BirdLife International; where experts on a particular climate change related threat were invited to present their case studies. Donors, civil societies, government institutions with an interest in the Kivu-Rusizi catchments were also represented. This workshop was held in Kigali, Rwanda from 6th to 8th July 2016. Twenty-five participants attended the workshop and it was characterised by presentations, questions, break up groups and groups reports back. Presentations were made either in English or French and there were colleagues to translate. The output of this workshop will constitute chapter 8, 9 and 10 of the CIP that focus on climate change threats mitigation; through specifying which site the threat is severe, what kind of intervention, how to monitor that and what is the budget. august-2016_-cip-workshop-report-by-acnr.

Report on the CIP post-workshop: field trip in the CRAG zones of Rwanda

On 9th and 10th July 2016, Dr Modesta Medard from the Nature Conservancy (TNC), visited some CRAG zones in Rwanda. The purpose was to learn the CRAG approach from ACRN together with BirdLife International, vulnerable sites, and interventions made. ACNR in turn also learnt from Modesta what can be incorporated in the future CRAG, especially improving local communities’ livelihoods by sustainably supporting LCGs small projects. This report gives an overview on the objectives of the field trip, areas visited, suggestions on the CIP but also strengths and weaknesses of this event. The full report Here

Report on sediment fingerprinting training of trainers: CEPF funded project-65995

On the 26th May 2016, a training of trainers on sediment fingerprinting was held at Champion Hotel, Kigali, Rwanda. This training was organized by ACNR in collaboration with BirdLife International. The CEPF project coordinators and field assistants from three of the implementing organizations were represented (Appendix 2). In addition, the Senior Advisor and the Conservation Action Coordinator from BirdLife International participated in the training as trainers.

This project CPEF focuses on climate change resilience through a scientific approach of soil and sediment collection and analysis to get the sources of sediments in the rivers and lakes. Rusizi River and Lake Kivu catchments shared between Rwanda, Burundi and DRC were selected as study sites. Under severe erosion, flooding, the river gets polluted and the amount of energy generated from it declines for example. Additionally, species extinction, drought and poverty arise from those disasters. It is not known if the hydropower produced from Rusizi River has reduced so far; but these two catchments house Key Biodiversity Areas and Important Birds Areas which suffer from climate change impacts. Read the full report Here

Enhancing Climate Change Resilience in Great Lakes region watersheds CRAG REGIONAL WORKSHOP 

From the 16th to the 18th of September 2014, ACNR as Birdlife representative here in Rwanda, organized and facilitated a CRAG regional workshop, which was held at Belvedere Hotel, in Rubavu District – Rwanda.

The goal of the project is to help to understand, and respond to, increased environmental pressures from climate change, and to create and expand incentives to conserve biodiversity and ecosystem services in the South Kivu and Rusizi River catchments located in Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda.

The meeting was attended by 39 participants, including the project partners (BirdLife, ABN, ACNR, HN and WCS, Anton Seimon and team), the Lake Kivu and Rusizi River Basin Authority (ABAKIR), and various representatives from government, NGOs, and the private sector from Burundi, DRC, Rwanda and Tanzania.

The regional workshop followed the three national workshops which were held in the last week of August 2014 in the project countries Burundi, DRC, and Rwanda.

The group work took the main part of this regional workshop and its outcomes document presents the Summary of threats per category per country following IUCN – CMP criteria, maps of the Kivu-Rusizi CRAG which showing the most sensitive sites based on threats to biodiversity and ecosystem services, climate projections, geography, land use, demography and others have been produced, and finally, a first draft of CIP was developed. Click Hereto read the full report of the workshop .

Rapport de formation des pecheurs des unions  descooperatives de Rubavu et Rutsiro Karongi et Nyamasheke sur l’utilisation du GPS/ projet de TGAL

Dans son projet transfrontalier pour la gestion des ressources naturelles, ACNR a organisé une formation des pêcheurs du lac Kivu à l’utilisation du GPS avec 5 participants dans chaque Unions des Coopératives des 5 Districts.
La formation a comme objectif principal de faire le monitoring des activités illégales au Lac Kivu à la production des poissons et la biodiversité du Lac.Vous pouvez telecharger le document de deroulement de formation Ici


The National Stakeholder Consultation WORKSHOP REPORT

ACNR (Association pour la Conservation de la Nature au Rwanda), as part of the MacArthur Foundation funded “Enhancing Climate Change Resilience in the Great Lakes Regional Watersheds: Lake Kivu and Rusizi River CRAG project” carried out a National stakeholder consultation workshop on 27th of August 2014, at Chez Lando Hotel, Kigali-Rwanda.

The goal of the project is to help to understand, and respond to, increased environmental pressures from climate change, and to create and expand incentives to conserve biodiversity and ecosystem services in the South Kivu and Rusizi River catchments located in Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda.

37 participants from different Governmental institutions that have the climate change in their attributions ; technicians in charge of environment at District level, Research institutions, International, regional and local NGOs, the private sector and local community representatives from Rusizi, Nyamasheke, and Karongi Districts attended the workshop.

The outcome document of the workshop, named “CRAG National Stakeholder’s Consultation Workshop Report”, highlights the importance of integrated watersheds management for building resilience to climate change, and contains information that have been gathered with the one flowing from the regional workshop, to feed into the development of the CRAG Intervention Plan (CIP), a document that will define what to do during and beyond the project, when, how and by who?  crag_national_workshop_report.pdf

This 3-year project started in April 2014 and is being implemented by a consortium of BirdLife International (lead organization), the BirdLife Partners: Association Burundaise pour la protection de la Nature (ABN) in Burundi and Association pour la Conservation de la Nature au Rwanda (ACNR) in Rwanda, Horizon Nature, an NGO working in Eastern DRC, and the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS – Rwanda).

The project is also collaborating with Dr. Anton Seimon, Appalachian State University – USA, and team who are providing the results from the application of their Community Earth System Model (CESM), funded separately by MacArthur. CESM is providing projections on, among others, precipitation, hydrology, temperature, and changes in extremes of these variables, on an unprecedented detailed scale for the Lake Kivu and Lake Tanganyika landscape, which will be used to contribute to the identification of most sensitive sites.

Ecosystem Conservation for Climate Change Adaptation in East Africa: Rwanda National Stakeholders Workshop

The Association pour la Conservation de la Nature au Rwanda (ACNR) is collaborating with BirdLife International Secretariat, BirdLife International Africa Partnership Secretariat, and

BirdLifePartners in Burundi,Kenya and Uganda to raise awareness about, build capacity for and implement ecosystem-based approaches to climate change adaptation, as part of a three year project funded by the UK Government’s Darwin Initiative.

In this framework ACNR organized a Workshop aimed at sharing and enhance understanding of climate change and its impacts on people and the environment. To raise awareness and enhance understanding of the links between biodiversity and people in climate change adaptation, sharing examples of how ecosystems help reduce vulnerability of people to climate change.To outline and discuss best practice guidance for implementing ecosystem-based approaches to adaptation. To identify and discuss opportunities and challenges for mainstreaming ecosystem-based approaches to adaptation into programs, policies and projects in Rwanda. The full report is available Here

Up-date of the list of Important Birds and Biodiversity Areas (IBAs) in Rwanda

The IBAs in Danger initiative presents a very unique opportunity to mobilise advocacy support at local, national, regional and or international level to safeguards IBAs that are severely threatened by damaging development. The Association pour la Conservation de la Nature au Rwanda (ACNR) has put much effort in advocating for the sustainable protection and conservation of the Important Birds and Biodiversity Areas of Rwanda, and today every one can see considerable progress and achievements. The list is available  Here

ACNR-CRAG Key variables Mapping report

As part of the implementation of CRAG project in south Kivu Catchment- Rwanda, two sectors of Nyamasheke District have been chosen among other areas identified during the National and regional workshops based on the key variables collected on the field between 13th and 16th of May 2015.

Climatic histories and historical weather events or related disasters such as landslides, famine events/drought, floods, crop failure, change in rainfall patterns, disease outbreak, receding lake water levels and forest cover, seismic and volcanic events and their impacts and/or responses have been recorded and documented. Here attached the Field work report

The CRAG project intervention Outline

The CRAG project intervention in Rwanda  started in two administrative Sectors (Rangiro and Nyabitekeri) of Nyamasheke District aiming at  reducing threats to ecosystem services and improved livelihood of the communities in Nyabitekeri and Rangiro Sectors of Nyamasheke District

The goal of the intervention is to increase the capacity of Local Conservation Groups (LCGs) to respond to, increased environmental pressure from climate change, and implement on ground interventions to enhance climate change resilience in Nyabitekeri and Rangiro Sectors of Nyamasheke district. The full document is available Here

LVB-ACNR Semester Progress Report 2015

LVB project:”Empowering local communities for the conservation and sustainable development of the biodiversity of the Lake Victoria Basin, the Greatest of Africa’s ‘Great Lakes.” is a project  implemented by ACNR funded by Jensen Charity Foundation through Birdlife International.

This  project aims at promoting the conservation of the birds and biodiversity on Akanyaru wetlands in Musenyi Sector of Bugesera district and sustain the ecosystem benefits for the surrounding community. This is being achieved by strengthen existing cooperatives considered as Site Supports Groups (SSGs) and identify steps that need to be undertaken in order to improve their management while understanding ecosystems changes and pressures on Akanyaru wetlands.

It aims also to improve the capacity of local communities on nature resources management and biodiversity conservation for sustainable development. Read the full report  Here