Strategic Areas

We aim to enhance restoration of key ecosystems in the Albertine Rift, Great Lakes, and Africa mountainous regions focusing on mountains, wetlands, farmlands, and urban areas, with services they provide for the well-being of community through collaborative conservation actions.

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We build on our existing experience and enhance community groups for improving their livelihoods through group development, sustainable quality and quantity production, value chain, market linkage and entrepreneurship.

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We translates principles of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) into practice through the implementation of the eco-schools programme in Rwanda.

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We contribute to the global challenge of transformation of agriculture and food systems. ARCOS contributes to this goal by promoting economically viable, socially responsible and environmentally resilient agricultural systems for enhanced food security and community livelihoods in its focal landscapes.

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We facilitate regional mechanisms for assessing and addressing the impacts of climate change and promote grass-root actions to build community resilience.

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We are committed to empowering stakeholders by strengthening the efficient use of natural resources and reducing their adverse impacts on environment, enhancing social welfare, combating poverty and striving for social justice.

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Our Projects

Living Lakes Biodiversity and Climate Project

The Albertine Rift Conservation Society (ARCOS) in the partnership with Global Nature Fund (GNF) secured funding from the German Federal Ministry of Environment, Nature Conservation, Nuclear Safety and Consumers Protection (BMUV) on behalf of the International Climate Initiative (IKI) to implement a project entitled “Living Lakes Biodiversity and Climate Project (LLBCP) ” The main objective of this project is the conservation and restoration of lakes and wetlands, promoting the protection of their biodiversity and ecosystem services. The project will be implemented in Rutsiro District, Gihango Sector, along Koko River sub-catchment.

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Technical Facilitation for the Establishment and Implementation of FONERWA's Climate Community Adaptation Fund (CAF)

Climate change is seen as an emerging challenge that is negatively affecting social, environmental, and economic dimensions of development globally. With its topography giving it a name of “the land of a thousand hills”, economy primarily depending on rain-fed agriculture and its other development sectors strongly dependent on environment and climate,

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Enhancing Water-Energy-Food-Ecosystems (WEFE) Nexus and Climate Resilience along Koko (Rwanda) and Lwiro (DRC) Rivers of Lake Kivu Basin through Nature-Based Community Enterprises

Water, energy and food are essential for human life, but they face constant pressure from economic development, climate change and other global processes.

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Eco-Schools Programme, Rwanda

In 2020, The Albertine Rift Conservation Society (ARCOS) in partnership with Danish Outdoor Council (DOC) embarked on the implementation of Eco-Schools programme in Rwanda for a period of four years (2020-2023). The programme implementation involves close partnership with Rwanda Basic Education Board (REB), Rwanda Environment Management Authority (REMA)

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Building Resilience to Climate Change and Sustainable Livelihoods in Rwanda’s Agrosystems

Climate change is adversely affecting smallholder communities in Rwanda. Erratic rainfall results in flooding events in highlands areas, whereas rainfall deficits occur in lowlands.

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Adaptation at Altitude Programme - East Africa

Climate change is disproportionately affecting mountain regions. East Africa's last glaciers will most likely disappear this century. In addition, rainfall patterns are changing, and erosion and drought are becoming more pressing challenges in mountain areas with severe implications for water supply and local livelihoods.

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Nyagasenyi Remnant Forest Landscape Restoration for Improved Livelihoods and Resilience to climate change

Kirehe District is classified as an area prone to rain shortage, late rainfall onsets, early rainfall cessations, a significant number of dry spells and is susceptible to drought. Since most people depend on rain fed agriculture for their livelihoods, there is a need to support communities to adapt to these impacts and therefore, contribute to the landscape management.

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The impact

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Hectares under restoration
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Exotic and indigenous tree species planted in the Albertine Rift
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Biodiversity data mobilised and hosted on ARCOS Biodiversity Information System (ARBIMS)
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Communities engaged in Landscape Restoration in the Albertine Rift region
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Umusave Funds established to facilitate access to finance for communities
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Students engaged through the Eco-Schools Programme in Rwanda

Partners

ARCOS welcomes new partnerships and support from different actors to work together in delivering our vital conservation programmes and advance sustainability in the Albertine Rift, Great Lakes and in the African Mountain ecosystems.