RED ROCKS INITIATIVES FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

ART FOR CONSERVATION

We encourage local artists to create and sell attractive original artwork to tourists. These works carry the conservation message to the rest of the world. Talented youth have the opportunity to develop and profit from their artistic skills.

CONSERVATION EDUCATION

We actively engage the local community through education programs that promote conservation. Ecotourism is distinguished by its emphasis on conservation, education, traveler responsibility and active community participation.
Our education programs for ecotourism hinge on a travel ethic that positively impacts the natural environment.

COMMUNITY EMPOWERMENT

Red Rocks has developed programs to empower our community for sustainable development. We train the local youth to be waiters and waitresses in the hospitality industry, as well as local tour guides to chaperon tourists.
Our corporate social responsibility leads us to invest in local development projects, fund local organizations and income-generating activities like art and handcrafts.
KINIGI RESEARCH CENTER AND COMMUNITY CONSERVATION PROGRAMS

We have established a conservation research center in Kinigi that will focus on how strict protectionism, protected-area community outreach programs, resource extraction, co-management schemes, integrated conservation and development, and citizen-science initiatives can be harnessed to help in conservation efforts around Volcanoes National Parks.

Our research initiatives will also focus on how responsible tourism can thrive around the parks while overlooked animals like bats, amphibians, other small animals, and endangered plant species can be preserved. Our initiatives will not only assist the researchers, the university students and those interested in research-based environmental and conservation issues, but also educate the local community living around the parks about different species found in there and how they can help protect them.

The Red Rocks Initiatives plan is to work together with different conservation and research institutions, universities and tertiary institutions, schools, and well-wishers with the aim of further consolidating our conservation efforts.

NATURE AND CONSERVATION OF SMALL ANIMALS


Among Red Rocks Initiative for Sustainable Development programs is conservation of small animals. We believe that these different species are responsible for sustaining life around our national parks. Small animals like bees also play a crucial role in environmental conservation, and this is why we believe they must be conserved at all costs.

The tiniest of creatures are responsible for keeping the fabric of our world together, but most of the time are overlooked. Our nature and conservation program is geared towards preserving nature at its most pristine state.

RED ROCKS TRANS BOUNDARY INITIATIVES

Red Rocks Rwanda initiated activities which sustainably develop the community living near the volcanoes national park. We partnered with neighboring community based organization to enhance the conservation process of the Virunga massif.

In collaboration with Mgahinga Community Development organization (MCDO) in Uganda and Kivu Cooperatives of Coffee Planters and Traders in Democratic republic of Congo, we work as an umbrella for different projects that operate within the 3 countries bordering the Virunga chain of mountains.

Our goal is to use gorilla tourism business as a tool to promote sustainable development through poverty reduction, conservation of the environment and the rare mountain gorillas, education, initiating income generating activities and sustainable organic agriculture. We focus on community training, capacity building and promotion of good practice thus protecting our cultural heritage and developing ecotourism research and information to speed up the socio economic development for the communities residing on the slopes of the Virunga chain of mountains within the great lakes region.