Agroforestry & PES - Rwanda
Topic: Payment for Ecosystem Services
Client: Sorwathe Tea Company, Assopthe Tea Pickers Cooperative, ARCOS Rwanda.
Synopsis: Climate change, deforestation, and poor land and water management are having a negative effect on the Cyohoha-Rukeri watershed in Rwanda, leading to flooding, drought and environmental degradation in the smallholder farming areas uphill and the tea plantations downhill. This project addresses these problems by implementing a Payment for Ecosystem Services (PES) scheme and establishing a circular economy in the watershed area, thus bringing a halt to environmental degradation, and resulting in increased food production uphill and increased tea production downhill. Key elements are agroforestry interventions uphill and improved water management measures downhill to reduce drought and flooding in the water catchment area, improve climate change resilience and restore ecosystems and the services that these ecosystems provide, benefiting farmers both uphill and downhill.
Our role: DIBcoop developed the Public Private Partnership and is part of the project consortium. Apart from project coordination, monitoring and implementation, we are identifying the best way to implement and upscale the PES approach through agroforestry interventions.
Amount raised: EU € 1,9 Million
Fund type: 50% grant co-funding
Fund Organization: RVO (Rijksdienst voor Ondernemend Nederland)