|Town/Region||Bururi Forest Nature Reserve|
|Date||13 Jul 2011|
This project aims at restoring the total integrity of the reserve by materialization of the legal limit and the tracing of a path surrounding the forest. Euphorbia bongensis, an autochthonous species will be planted in the limit. This species is used here extensively by the local communities to unmark the agricultural parcels of the neighbors.
Session of environmental education will be animated in favor of the farmers, the children and the local councilors to arouse among them the friends of the forest of Bururi. This sensitization will be followed by the organization of a communal day dedicated to the conservation of this protected area. During this communal day, ceremonies marked by short speeches, sketches, poems and the dances will be hold around the topic “let us preserve our forest for the present and future generations”. The best presentations will be awarded. The restoration of the limit aims at ending conflicts often opposing wardens to populations.
The outcomes of the project are: Collaboration between farmers and wardens takes place and conflicts are reduced. Natural habitats are preserved and degraded areas regenerated. The animal safety and the ecosystem balance are restored because the animals will no longer need to leave the forest to seek for food from the villagers' cropland. Communities participate and support the forest protection. Youth and other stakeholders are made aware of the importance of this forest” and actively participate on safeguarding its integrity.
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