We act

As a regional organisation, one of our key strategic decisions is to ensure the right balance between regional/national and international processes and field activities. ARCOS embraces ecosystem based management applied at landscape level and aimed at regulating the use of ecosystems so that we can benefit from them while at the same time modifying the impacts on them so that basic ecosystem functions are preserved. Our landscape approach in field interventions is a holistic approach integrating ecological, economic and social aspects necessary to meet the needs of people and nature. Our field interventions are focused in the Albertine Rift region and working through partners for actions beyond the region.

As a regional organisation, one of our key strategic decisions is to ensure the right balance between regional/national and international processes and field activities. ARCOS embraces ecosystem based management applied at landscape level and aimed at regulating the use of ecosystems so that we can benefit from them while at the same time modifying the impacts on them so that basic ecosystem functions are preserved. Our landscape approach in field interventions is a holistic approach integrating ecological, economic and social aspects necessary to meet the needs of people and nature. Our field interventions are focused in the Albertine Rift region and working through partners for actions beyond the region.

During the last strategic period 2011-2015, ARCOS worked in four main landscapes: Echuya forest Landscape in Uganda, Mukura Forest and Rugezi Marsh in Rwanda, and Kibira-Rusizi in Burundi. We have also facilitated community initiatives in three agro-systems of Rwanda for coffee certification. During the next five years (2016-2020), we will strengthen our efforts in these landscapes and expand to two new landscapes of Bugesera and Kirehe.

In these landscapes, we will work with different partners, including governments and the private sector, to sustainably manage biodiversity and ecosystem services through PES, landscape restoration and promote actions that build resilience of ecosystems and rural communities to effects of climate change in order to provide sustainable livelihoods.