ARCOS-One Tree Planted: New Efforts to Promote Landscape Restoration in Rwanda

ARCOS and One Tree Planted came together to restoring degraded areas and enhancing climate resilience in mountainous areas of Western Rwanda and in the lowlands of Eastern Rwanda.

Back in 2011, The Government of Rwanda, committed in Bonn Challenge and in the Africa Forest Restoration Initiative (AFR100) to restore 2 million hectares of the degraded lands by 2030. This initiative is underway and is being implemented by both Government and non-government organs. This year, 2021, ARCOS and One Tree Planted came together to restoring degraded areas and enhancing climate resilience in mountainous areas of Western Rwanda and in the lowlands of Eastern Rwanda.

On 19th November, a tree planting event was organized in Kirehe district (Eastern Province) notably along Kagera wetlands watershed, specifically in Nyamugali and Kigarama sectors—where 90,000 trees were planted. This event was attended by both local leaders and communities living along the mentioned basin. The initiative is expected to contribute to restoring degraded areas and enhancing climate resilience in the lowlands of Eastern Rwanda.


Just a week after, on 26th November, the same event was held in Rutsiro district around the Gishwati-Mukura biosphere reserve and 110,000 trees were planted. The tree planting activities took place in Rusebeya and Mukura sectors of Rutsiro district. It is important to mention that the planted seedlings in both districts include agroforestry trees, fruits and indigenous trees.


Aside from the restoring the landscapes and carbon sequestration, the ARCOS-One Tree Planted initiative is expected to contribute to climate change adaptation, while enhancing ecological benefits and livelihoods for the landscape and its people. In time, this will translate into improved quality of life and increased resilience of people to climate change.

This initiative is benefiting rural farmers through capacity building and institutional development, increasing crop yields in terms of quality and quantity while taking care of their land by applying sustainable land management practices for sustainable agriculture and landscape restoration.