RED ROCKS INITIATIVES FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
ARTS & CRAFTS FOR CONSERVATION
Red Rocks in partnership with local artists ,have been working to promote and develop tourism through art classes, which signifies art work with the protection of the environment for future survival .
- Partnership between Red Rocks and local artists
- Art work as the protection of environment for future survival
- Developing tourism through art classes
CONSERVATION AND TOURISM TALKS
Bring tourism, conservation and community program together for sustainable development
- Organisation of the Cultural Tourism Week
- Brings local commmunities, conservationists, tourists and tourism industry players together
Brings community, conservation and tourism stakeholders together to
- Exchange ideas about sustainable development
- Share and learn from one another
- Discuss how to reduce negative impacts to cultural heritages and environment
IGIHOHO Support Cooperative (ISC)
Forests are quite essential for the well-being of our planet and Mother Nature. They stabilize climate and water level, help in storing solar energy, prevent soil erosion and reverse greenhouse effect. And apart from providing habitat to plants, animals and insects and promoting diversity, forestry also provides work and supports recreational needs of the rural community.
IGIHOHO Support Cooperative promotes sustainable forest management, which balances social, environmental and economic concerns to meet today’s requirements, while guaranteeing our forests for future generations.
Deforestation leads to declining forest areas plus degraded ecosystems. Forest area in developing countries like Rwanda, Uganda, and DRC are declining at alarming rate, leading to environmental catastrophes.
IGIHOHO Support Cooperative has formulated different programs to mitigate consequences of forest destruction. We involve the youth in our programs, involving them in income generating activities and innovative solutions, we hope it can lead to their social and economic development.
Furthermore, we not only teach the community the importance of agro-forestry but we also have developed a plan where the community around the Volcanoes National Park can benefit from modern agricultural techniques. We are going to develop an significantly action on future of Big-Five which are now in threated situation and natural phenomenon of extinction.
We envisage a training center (school) for accessing scientifically-based knowledge, Great vision need great partners
Red Rocks Initiatives for Sustainable Development has made a mutual partnership with Kahuzi-Biega Community Conservation Trust in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to find ways through which they can inclusively work together to harness Tourism, Conservation and Sustainable Community Development in and around Kahuzi-Biega National Park.
Under this program, we intend to bring in conservationists, conservation lovers and other well-wishers for a comprehensive study of the primates found in the park, which includes the Lowland gorillas together with other primates. The studies will also include the gorillas habituation with the rangers and the local community.
The ultimate goals of this program is to mobilize, educate and sensitize the local community around the park against poaching since this has for a long time been the biggest running problem affecting the park.
We are going to work with photography and film specialists to also bring a positive image of the park to both local and international media.
Working on this program with Kahuzi-Biega National Park is a milestone in helping to promote tourism, conservation and community development in and around this iconic park that hosts the only remaining Grauer’s gorillas subspecies, even as we work very closely with local community members.
We also welcome other organisations that would wish to join us in this noble venture so that we all can join hands together and stamp out rampant poaching in the park.
Our botanical garden, found near Volcano National Parks, is mainly used for plant conservation: Horticulture and cultivation skills allow us to grow plants that might be lost in nature, restore and rehabilitate degraded habitats, maintain a living store of genetic diversity which may help in supporting different activities in conservation and research, act as seed banks to safeguard species, help conserve indigenous and local knowledge and encourage the sustainable use of plant resources for the benefit of all, as part of sustainable development
YOUTH EMPOWERMENT AND SUPPORT PROJECT
The project is designed to empower the youth and provide them with the means of engagement. The youth have creative passion and expression that need to be deeply explored. This program is designed to explore both their educational and ambitions in life to use digital photography in capturing enduring images.
We believe that the social power of the youth is able to make a lot of impact in the world, and through the compelling images they capture, they will be able to make a difference in their lives, too. Our model is based on a theoretical framework which uses the idea of digital photography for conservation of the natural habitat of the Volcanoes National Parks.
We also aim to empower the youth to use digital media to create change within themselves, their community and the world at large. With provide them tutorials and extracurricular activities and engage them to tell their stories through photography.
MUSIC TO EMPOWER PROGRAM
Red Rocks Recording Studio is established to empower the youth through music. This program focuses on providing a conducive place full of state-of-the art resources and opportunities for the youth to harness and develop their musical talent. Through providing them recording facilities at the studio, trained instructors, and instruments among others, our key aim is to provide talented youth with the opportunity to record their music for free.
This ultimately is going to empower them and provide them with useful alternative to hopelessness, idleness, crime, substance abuse and other anti-social activities. We work with both international and regional partners to develop viable economic opportunity to promote youth employment and entrepreneurship in the region through mentorship programs and training academies focusing on music development and education for the youth.We have also collaborated with established musicians like Jay Polly and Jack B as our ambassadors to disseminate information and create awareness to the general public about conservation of the Virunga National Park through music. We are certainly not alone in this belief.
Research / 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 park without indifference to overlooked animals like the bats and the amphibians plus other small animals, and not forgetting endagered plant species. The research will not only assist the researchers, the university students and those interested in research-based environmental and conservation issues but also to educate local community living around the parks about different species found in the parks and how they can help protect them.
Red Rocks Initiatives plan 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.
Red Rocks Livestock Support Programme
The key aim of this program is to improve and uplift the livelihoods of women and youth living on the slopes of Volcanoes National Park. This park is the home to the last surviving mountain gorillas in Rwanda.For many decades now, livestock has played a significant role in the survival of families in Rwanda. This is a major source of income to the local communities.Our program thus is geared towards improving the livestock sector and generating income for poor and vulnerable households through:
- Supporting small-scale dairy activities in Kinigi including milk and fodder production.
- Improved livestock nutrition and health services in Nyakinama village for the benefit of families headed by women.
We work to establish a network of professional microfinance institutions that provide opportunity for access to credit and satisfy the demand for rural finance through providing a wider range of financial services tailored to the needs of locals. One of our key objectives is to help in shaping policy which facilitates access to microfinance services among the poorest of families, promoting models of public-private partner relationship in delivery of livestock extension and veterinary services reaching out to the whole community.
This program includes focus on introduction of new and innovative rural microfinance services and products for the rural people who currently have no or little access to microfinance services to buy livestock to help uplift their living standards. The animals are also important in manure production for sustainable agriculture.