A collaborative agreement was signed between Rwanda Environment Management Authority (REMA) and the University of Rwanda (UR) to provide financial support to postgraduate students to carry out research for their theses. Under the project titled “Research project to improve management knowledge of Gishwati-Mukura Forest”, students were asked to submit proposals in line with objectives of the Landscape Approach to Forest Restoration and Conservation (LAFREC) project at REMA to evaluate the success of its interventions.
A series of meetings, workshops, and reviews of individual’s proposals were carried out resulting in sixteen successful proposals recommended for funding to carry out impact research in the LAFREC Gishwati-Mukura landscape. There was a total of 32 proposals submitted.
We achieved this with the help of the oversight board established by the Center of Excellence in Biodiversity and Natural Resource Management (CoEB) at the University of Rwanda and the Rwanda Environment Management Authority (REMA). The oversight board is composed of 16 experts in topic areas relevant to the LAFREC impact research. The oversight board reviewed all the proposals submitted and returned feedback using a standard evaluation form developed for this project. Each oversight board member was assigned two to three proposals to review independently and all proposals were evaluated by at least two reviewers.
From 21 May 2019 to 24 May 2019, The CoEB in collaboration with LAFREC Project at REMA organized a field visit to:
- Sites where exotic species were removed (Kinyenkanda and Matyazo)
- Areas prone to landslides and erosion in Gishwati
- Mine sites under restoration
- Forests under active restoration in the Gishwati-Mukura corridor
- Silvopastoral sites
- Agroforestry sites
- Riparian zone restoration sites at four main rivers, Satinsyi, Rucanzogera, Nyamakanda and Sebeya.
- Buffer zone sites
The field visit aimed at exploring LAFREC interventions in the study site and get more insight into individual research projects to provide better guidance in research design and data collection. Currently, students are on the stage of data collection. The project details are available HERE. Find the overview of the project on THIS DOCUMENT.