The LDCF-II Project titled “Building resilience of communities living in degraded forests, savannahs and wetlands through an Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA) approach”in Rwanda is a five-year initiative that will increase capacities of Rwandan authorities and local communities to adapt to climate change by implementing EbA interventions in degraded forests, savannahs and wetlands ecosystems
5 years (2017-2022)
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The LDCF-II project will contribute to reducing vulnerability to the adverse impacts of climate change, increasing adaptive capacity to respond to the impacts of climate change including variability at local, national, regional and global level, as well as promoting transfer and adoption of climate change adaptation technologies.
The EbA approaches adopted by the LDCF-II Project include conservation, restoration, maintenance of biodiversity and ecosystem processes, as well as sustainable use of natural resources to enhance people’s resilience to climate change. Implementing EbA is of particular importance for the people who are worst hit by climate change’s adverse impacts and who are largely dependent on ecosystems and their services.
In Rwanda, EbA has been implemented through Rwanda Environment Management Authority (REMA) in different wetlands, natural forests, and savanna ecosystems. The emphasis will be put on restoration activities to build people's resilience to climate change and to restore natural ecosystem functioning.
The LDCF-II project will improve the livelihoods of local communities, increase agricultural productivity and food security, create green jobs as well as promote gender equality and expand forest management knowledge. More than 1.7 million people are benefiting from the project, the majority of whom are women and young people.
The project will create approximately 3,400 green jobs during the five years of implementation and provide 348 households with water tanks and 12 houses as well as 45 cows to improve the local communities’ livelihoods and increase incomes.
From a socio-economic perspective, restoration of degraded savannas and forests present several benefits to the local communities living adjacent to Ibanda-Makera natural forest by reducing burden and time spent by women and youth collecting firewood, and hence access to more time for other socio-economic activities; creating job opportunities for project beneficiaries who will undertake savannas and forests restorations activities; generating income from selling agroforestry products such as timber and fruits; and availing opportunities related to eco-tourism, educational and recreation.