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Alliance for Restoration of Forest Landscapes and Ecosystems - AREECA

The Alliance for Restoration of Forest Landscapes and Ecosystems in Africa (AREECA project) got funds from the International Climate Initiative (IKI) of the German Ministry of the Environment.


The AREECA project aims to increase the socio-economic, ecological, and climate-related benefits of Large-scale Forests and Landscape Restoration in Cameroon, Kenya, Malawi, and Rwanda.
The programme is implemented jointly with collaborative partners under the leadership of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH. The partners include the African Union Development Agency (AUDA-NEPAD), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN), the World Resources Institute (WRI), the World Bank Group and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF)
In Rwanda, the project is implemented by the International Union for Conservation of Nature- IUCN in partnership with the Rwanda Forests Authority- RFA and Rwanda Rural Rehabilitation Initiative- RWARRI. The AREECA project operates in the Rwimiyaga and Karama sectors of the Nyagatare district and the Nyamugari, Mpanga, Nasho, Nyarubuye, and Kigarama sectors of the Kirehe district in the Eastern Province.
The project consists of indigenous tree species seedlings production, forest enrichment, afforestation, plantation along roadsides, distribution of fruit trees, distribution of improved cooking stoves, and forest cadastre in the mentioned locations.
The RWARRI’s role in the project consists of community mobilization, capacity building, and awareness-raising among local leaders and community members.