RED ROCKS INITIATIVES FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

ART FOR CONSERVATION

Encouraging the local artists to produce and sell attractive art pieces to tourists. The art pieces also have the message on conservation. Talented youth have the opportunity to profit from their artistic skills

CONSERVATION EDUCATION

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

COMMUNITY EMPOWERMENT

Red Rocks has developed programmes to empower the locals for community sustainable development. We train the local youth to be waiters and waitresses in the hospitality industry, local tour guides to chaperon tourists.
For our corporate social responsibility, we invest in local development projects and fund local organisations and income generating activities like art and handcrafts.

CONSERVATION
AND TOURISM

SPORTS FOR CONSERVATION AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

Sports like cycling, football and running the marathon are not only profitable for the sportsman but also is a way to keep healthy. Our program seek to develop cycling and running around our national parks while at the same time we teach the athletes about the importance of conservation through organizing workshops and sports meetings. We also promote the physical and mental development of the athletes.

QUICK IMPACT PROJECT

Red Rocks Initiatives for Sustainable Development promotes the locals to take part in activities that uplift their living standards, while at the same time they help in environmental conservation Red rocks quick impact project include rearing of small animals like chicken, sheep, and goats. We invite a team of agricultural experts to help them profit from such schemes.

Quick Impact Project is interactive and conversational with the main mission of innovating programs having positive impact on the environment. It’s in its infancy stage under the Igihoho Support Cooperative (ISC) as one strategy of cohesive action in stimulating green tourism within the local community.

ACTIVITIES

Red Rocks Initiatives has established several activities that target the local community towards sustainable development. We believe responsible tourism has the power to uplift the living standards of the vulnerable local community, many of them suffering from debilitating poverty, these activities includes..

ART FOR CONSERVATION

Encouraging the local artists to produce and sell attractive art pieces to tourists. The art pieces also have the message on conservation. Talented youth have the opportunity to profit from their artistic skills .

FOOTBALL for CONSERVATION

We help the children to develop their sport’s skills at the early age. Through this, they can be able to profit from their talents in future. Apart from buying them playing kits and promoting them when taking part in local tournaments, we also teach them about other aspects of life like conservation and life responsibilities. We have a team of coaches who give them holistic approach to life.

SUSTAINABLE LEARNING VACATION

We engage a team of volunteers to teach the local youth and women English language through which they can effectively communicate with visitors. The women and youth are involved in selling products like handcrafts and it’s through effective communication that they can engage with the tourists who visit local attraction sites. The locals are able to uplift their living standards and help in conservation around our parks. The locals are helped to learn foreign international languages, housekeeping, capacity building, international architecture, modern farming techniques and about the environment and its conservation and other skills that may uplift their livingstandards. .

GREEN TOURISM PROGRAM

We aim to develop sustainable use of our natural resources while at the same time alleviating poverty. The program aims to enjoin the local community in conserving Mother Nature while gaining from what nature provides through responsible tourism.

SELF-HELP SCHEMES

Red Rocks Initiatives for Sustainable Development promotes the locals to take part in activities that uplift their living standards, while at the same time they help in environmental conservation. These self-help schemes include rearing of small animals like chicken,sheep, and goats. We invite a team of agricultural experts to help them profit from such schemes.

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 park without indifference to overlooked animals like the bats and the amphibians plus other small animals, and not forgetting endangered 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.