Of Forests and Friends – A Visionary Conservation and Community Project
Given Rwanda’s intense agricultural model, the country has a limited number of indigenous trees outside its national parks, so our reforestation project is vital.
Today, 21 March, is International Day of Forests. This day is particularly relevant in raising awareness of our reforestation efforts at Bisate Lodge in Rwanda. In a period of 12 months, 12,591 trees were planted with many more being planted as we write this…
International Day of Forests is a day set aside each year to celebrate and raise awareness of the importance of all types of forests. Forests cover one third of the Earth’s mass and are some of the most biologically diverse ecosystems on land.
Beside this, and the many other benefits that our forests provide, global deforestation continues to take place at an alarming rate…
The good news is that our reforestation project at Bisate is offering a model that can be replicated not only in other parts of Rwanda but hopefully across countries and continents!
The first phase of the project is focused on the indigenous reforestation of our core 27-hectare site in partnership with the Tuzamurane Cooperative. Five members of the community are employed to run this with the aim of planting another 10,000 trees in the coming months.
Trees planted so far:
We are already seeing a number of birds, butterflies and mammals recolonising this reforested land. This means that our guests can also enjoy sightseeing from the comfort of their villas!
All guests at Bisate Lodge will also have the opportunity to be part of this visionary conservation and community project during their stay. Everyone is encouraged to plant a tree and thus contribute directly to the reforestation of the area. In this way, every guest becomes a conservationist.
Photographs courtesy of Chris Roche and Ingrid and Rob Baas
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