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Association for the Promotion of Sustainable Development in Rwanda

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Resource management and sustainable development


Association for the Promotion of Sustainable Development in Rwanda

is engaged in the protection of natural resources and in sustainable development of agriculture and forestry in Rwanda, East Africa.

Population growth and climate change result in a continuously growing threat to montane forests and in an overexploitation of the soils. Due to soil erosion and to the rapid loss of soil fertility, the traditional agriculture is no more able to cover the increasing demand for food.

The Association has been founded by people who have been working for many years in the cooperation between Rhineland-Palatinate and Rwanda. It supports the Rwandan people by research and project work on nature, environment and resource protection, especially in the fields of agroforestry, biodiversity, soil conservation and renewable energies. Numerous other projects are planned.

Agroforestry and food production


„Project for Agroforestry and Resource Management“ (PARES)

has been advising farmers' associations as well as members of the agricultural extension service in agroforestry, sustainable agriculture and ecofarming from 2006 to 2011. The project sustained by the government of Rhineland-Palatinate and the German Agro-Action was also providing knowledge about sustainable agriculture and forestry for pupils and university students.


Our main fields of activities and consultation are:


Soil conservation by integration of hedgerows and trees into agricultural fields.
Enrichment of the soil with nutrients by cultivating Leguminosae (beans, soybeans, peanuts) and/or by green manure, mulching, compost and dung production.
Best use of the limited cropland by mixed cropping and multi-storey cultivation.
Management of rainfall and runoff in order to reduce soil erosion damages.

Biodiversity and rainforest protection

Nationalpark Nyungwe in Rwanda

Biodiversity research in Nyungwe montane forest

is focusing on an assessment of the diversity of lichens, mosses and vascular plants in order to document the enormous biodiversity and its change due to climate and landuse change. Furthermore, indicator species for a Rapid Biodiversity Assessment (RBA) of habitats with different degrees of disturbance will be identified.


The creation of an agroforestry belt

as a transition zone around Nyungwe National Park is the aim of the pilote project:

„Agroforestry for the Protection of Rainforest Ecosystems – APRECO“.

By the transformation of agricultural fields adjacent to the natural forest into agroforestry systems which provide fuel wood and timber, an imitation of the structure of the natural rainforest with different storeys of indigenous and exotic trees is achieved. The newly created sources of income will help to reduce poverty amongst the local population and thus the pressure on the rainforest. The Project started in 2009 and is financed by the International Climate Initiative (ICI) of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety, which has been providing 1.6 million euros.


Association for the Promotion of Sustainable Development in Rwanda


Universitätsstraße 1
56070 Koblenz/Deutschland
Phone: 0049 (0) 261-287-2273
Fax: 0049 (0) 261-287-2270
Mail: efischer@uni-koblenz.de
Mail: killmann@uni-koblenz.de
Avenue Buye No 109
PO Box 344
Phone: 00250 252 530 293
Fax: 00250 251 531 344
Mail: info@sustain-rwanda.org

Project Partners


BMUB Bundesministerium für Umwelt, Naturschutz, Bau und Reaktorsicherheit


University of Rwanda

Universität Koblenz-Landau  

Uni University of Koblenz-Landau, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany


Ministry for Environment, Forestry and Consumer Protection, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany
Ministry of the Interior and for Sports, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany