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What is ACNR?
ACNR (Association pour la Conservation de la Nature au Rwanda) is a Rwandan
non-profit making NGO based in Kigali, administrative capital of Rwanda.
With the aim of conserving and promoting biodiversity in Rwanda, ACNR
projects focus on endangered ecosystems in the country, such as wetlands
or forest regions. The organization ensures their protection by developing
strategies and action plans e.g. integratng sustainable use of resources
into local lifestyles.
ACNR is a membership association with currently 135 physical members from
all over the country.
14 Nature or Wildlife Clubs in schools (over 3,500 people) and 5 Site Support
Groups form a part of the organization as well.
Respecting the requirements of the law n° 20/2000 of the 26/07/2000
governing the non profit making
associations, ACNR can, ipso facto, adhere to the foreign limited companies.
order no 49/11 of 20 July 2007 grants legal status to the Association
pour la Conservation de
la Nature au Rwanda (ACNR) and approves its legal representatives.
ACNR was founded by committed teachers and students of the National
University of Rwanda in Huye/former Butare (south of the country) in 1992.
The founding members, including the present Executive Director Serge Nsengimana,
saw the necessity for environmental protection in Rwanda, which could effectively
influence the population’s way of dealing with nature.
It held its first General Assembly in May 1992 and began its activities
in the following August by creating the first Nature clubs in primary
and secondary schools as well as around the Nyungwe Forest (currently
Nyungwe National Park) such as Banda and nature clubs.
ACNR was recognized by the Government of Rwanda through the ministry of
Justice on February 17th, 1994.
During the 1994 genocide, the organization was disintegrated and lay
idle. In October 1997 some former members who survived the 1994 tragedy
decided to re-launch the activities of ACNR.
Since then it has been an active and productive panel for nature
conservation in Rwanda.