News Musenyi residents progress from LVB Project

Citizens of Musenyi sector in Bugesera district using Akanyaru wetlands are pleased of their development during three years of empowerment by Lake Victoria Basin (LVB) project.

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Source ACNR
Release date 22/12/2015
Contributor Prudence Ndabasanze
Geographical coverage Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Ouganda
Keywords Birds, Biodiversity, water hyacinth,

Citizens of Musenyi sector in Bugesera district using Akanyaru wetlands are pleased of their development during three years of empowerment by Lake Victoria Basin (LVB) project.

During a visit of a team from BirdLife International and East African countries that the project operates in, members of three cooperatives; KOSUMU that make handcrafts using water hyacinth grasses, KABAMU that fish in Akanyaru and COALIMU that cultivate rice in Akanyaru wetland, said that the project improved their community well being.

Lillian Nyiramisago a member of KOSUMU said that the assistance enabled cooperative members to have a trend.

“Before joining this cooperative in 2013, I had no job; together with my mates we have learnt much enough from this project’s trainings like making basket and handicraft tools. I have bought two goats and I earn an average of rwf 20,000 a month from the cooperative,” Lillian said.

Patrick Sindikubwabo a member of KABAMU approve that the project created awareness in him and changed his living status and of community.

“We used to fish and doing illegal hunting of this wetland’s animals but now it is different because they taught us to conserve our environment. Today I am no longer fishing, but I recruit workers and buy boats for them. Generally the cooperative enabled its members to rearing cows and providing jobs to illiterate youths,” Sindikubwabo said.

Jean Claude Gahire the Cooperative and Business Promotion officer in Musenyi sector said that all sectors using Akanyaru wetland were skilled and were profited from the project.

“This wetland has a cross cutting role, both job delivery and wildlife grazing. I really like these changes where all people have started striving for its conservation after different trainings. This project also increased citizens’ participation in cooperatives activities, for example 30 hectares were cultivated from five; meanwhile 120 tons of rise ascended from 30 tones,”Gahire explained.

Prudence Ndabasanze LVB project coordinators at Association pour la Conservation de la Nature au Rwanda (ACNR); Conservation Non Governmental Organization that implements the project welcomed the progress and promised to handle remained hindrances.

“At the first time we had to build capacity, the next step we are going to is to focus on the market accessibility so that products should be sold. ACNR also is doing advocacy for community adaptation plan and raising funds for implementing plan and developing themselves,” Prudence promised

Prudence went on saying that setting the project in Akanyaru wetland was to help people complementing government policies.

“In Rwanda we have good strategies, policies and laws to promote biodiversity conservation and natural resources management, therefore national NGOs have to support the government to achieve those targets through capacity building of community they are working with,” Prudence noted.

The LVB project is implemented in four countries of East Africa Region namely Uganda, Kenya, Burundi and Rwanda where it aims to guide the conservation of the birds and biodiversity on Akanyaru wetland in Musenyi Sector of Bugesera district and sustain the ecosystem benefits for the surrounding community to strengthen existing management, and identify steps that need to be taken to improve management in order to understand ecosystems changes, and pressures on ecosystems of Akanyaru wetland.

The project is implemented by ACNR, facilitated by Birdlife International, under the funding support from AAGE V.JENSEN CHARITY FOUNDATION.

Editors: Leocadie Nyirankunzimana and John Mbaraga

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