Strengthening Community-based Conservation

GER is committed to empower communities and engage stakeholders in conflict transformation and sustainable development. Our mission is to contribute to the existing Peace building and reconciliation process and ecosystem management for a peaceful and sustainable community with equal participation of men and women.

Through dialogues, community interaction and trainings, we promote the use of indigenous knowledge in environmental conservation and climate change mitigation. Training and workshops events bring together community practitioners, civil society organisations, local leaders and decision makers for a joint advocacy towards the sustainable community development.

We engage stakeholders in addressing environmental issues affecting livelihoods and finding solutions in a participatory manner involving community voice. We work with famers, youth clubs, elders’ groups, and mining associations. We facilitated numerous community dialogues to raise awareness and to bridge the knowledge gap through facilitating intergeneration learning and concrete actions towards achieving a sustainable environmental protection.

During various interactions with communities and stakeholders, the key message of GER, is to” protect environment as a way of preserving our life and humanity; the environment is our source of food, water, and oxygen. Therefore people have to know that preserving the environment is a concern of survival for us and even for the future generations.”

GER facilitates dialogues through intergeneration learning allowing youth to interact with elders as a way of bridging existing knowledge gap between young generation and elders. This improves youth understanding on ecosystem and its connection with the nature. And we believe that the outcomes are contributing to meet national goals and global targets (SDGs).

We work with community representatives (men, women and youth groups as well as indigenous people). We plant trees in collaboration with local leaders in areas of our operations. In collaboration with community volunteers, we conduct supervisions for the planted trees and discussing on the issues of deforestation hence encouraging people to use renewable energy to fight deforestation.

We fight deforestation by planting trees and caring for them

During the process, we learnt that there is a lot of, stories and Traditional knowledge regarding environmental conservation at the community level. However, it is imperative to carry on with documentation   evidence advocacy, and increasing the participation of communities in the process of defining sustainable solutions in the protection and use of natural resources.

Outcome of our learning and experience sharing include plans for collective actions (planting and sustaining indigenous trees, WASH and conservation activities.) we also evaluate community capacities and skills development through joint pilot practices.

The way forward

Awareness rising to change people’s mindset is much needed. Engaging stakeholders in working with community on the environment issues such as climate change, deforestation, wetlands as well as agro-ecology. We need to document stories and practices on indigenous knowledge and solving conflict related with natural resources management. We seek to advocate and campaign for the use of renewable energy (Biogas, Solar energy, and related innovation), Facilitate advocacy dialogues on environmental peace building, capacity building of available community initiatives. 

Results of group discussions: Names of Indigenous Species tending towards extinction

 

Trees

Plants

Microorganism or Insect

Inyoni (Ibiguruka)/B

Irds

Animals

 Imibirizi

                  Imisagara

Imivumu

                    Imisange

Imikenke

Imiruku

Imihati

Ibibonobono

Imikunde

Imimenamabuye

Ibikangaga

Ubusuna

Umunigi

Igorogombya

Umuhoko

Ukembagufa

Etc…..

Imiko

Iminyoza

Imitanga

Imirerabana

Imisororo

Imitobotobo

Imiharata

Imicucu

Iminyinya

Imisave

Urufunzo

Iminyorogoto

Imisundwe

Ibyoganyanja

Inzuki

-                    Etc….

Imisambi

Inyange

Inkware

Inuma

Inyamanza

Etc…..

Utunyamasyo

Inkurakura

Ingeragere

Inkwavu

Intama

Urusamagwe

Urutoni

Inkende

Impyisi

Imbwebwe

Etc…

Source: Group discussion held with Ruhango and Muhanga communities, January2018

 

 

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