NOTE FROM OUR FOUNDER
It is my great honour and pleasure to meet and to welcome you all to Partners for Conservation. Thirteen years ago, I began my career in conservation. One of the lessons learned from my experience is that conservation is neither a matter of extraordinary studies, nor an astronomic sum of money, nor a matter of dependency to a particular group or society. Working with poor communities surrounding the Volcanoes National Park, the sole habitat of the endangered mountain gorillas, offered me an opportunity to meet and interact with people of different backgrounds. Interestingly, I noticed that alongside the highly qualified person, a person without formal education or training was needed to check our plans to ensure success! Likewise, the poor person needed support from the richest and highly qualified. It is from this complementary relationship that I realized and concluded that everyone is a born conservator.
Here is another example: a farmer preparing for the coming farming season prepares the soil, designs water- catchments, plants anti-erosive plants, and so on. Once crops are grown, he fences the land. Traditionally, in Rwanda we use specialized indigenous trees like Vernoniaamygdalina (umubirizi), Dracaena afromontana (umuhati), Euphorobiatirucalli (umuyenzi), and Erythrinaabyssinica (umuko)…! You agree with me that our farmer has no intention other than ensuring healthy crops for a better harvest. But, “biodiversity” speaking, our farmer has given an invaluable contribution to the plight of conservation! What would we tell our children and grandchildren without this farmer’s action which unintentionally contributed to preserving these indigenous trees that are today threatened to extinction. This is what Partners for Conservation calls a legacy.
Biodiversity promotion, protection and conservation is innate to us. Only our willingness and means make the difference. This is why I took the first step to create Partners for Conservation, the only platform that gives everyone: from farmers to businessmen, from children to adults, from illiterates to academicians, from the impoverished to donors, from volunteers to professionals an opportunity to enjoy, measure and feel comfortable with what you’re able and willing to do for our biodiversity. The tasks ahead are greatly challenging and cannot be achieved without ownership and active participation of all stakeholders. Partners for Conservation will work closely with and through Rwandan citizens, public institutions as well as private, and civil society partners involved in environmental management and biodiversity conservation.
This website gives you an opportunity to update yourself on various activities and programmes going on in biodiversity promotion, conservation and protection involving Partners For Conservation as well as many other stakeholders. As is said above, Partners for Conservation is convinced that everyone is born a conservator, therefore a “Partner”. By visiting and recommending this website to your friends and family members, you have been a big support to our cause and have already become a Partner.
Together for a Legacy!
FOUNDER AND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
PARTNERS FOR CONSERVATION
ABOUT PARTNERS FOR CONSERVATION
Partners For Conservation is a Rwandan charity founded in 2014 and registered as alocal non-governmental organization by the Rwanda Governance Board under nº343/RGB/NGO/LP/07/2018.
Its overall mission is to save a biodiversity legacy through the promotion, protection and conservation. Partners For Conservation serves as a platform that provides opportunities to everyone from farmers to businessmen; from children to adults; from illiterates to academics; from low-income people to donors; from volunteers to professionals, to appreciate and celebrate their contributions towards the conservation of the biodiversity.
PARTNERS FOR CONSERVATION APPROACH
Partners For Conservation believes in the innate capabilities of every human being in biodiversity promotion, protection and conservation. For this, PFC advocates for a partnership of all stakeholder as an utmost requisite to ensure a biodiversity legacy while driving feeling of responsibility and ownership. Thus, the establishment of Partners For Conservation as platform where every single contribution is accounted for. Partners For Conservation believes that a such partnership remains a key drive of inclusive and participation of all stakeholders in local needs assessment, designing priorities and relevant strategies to address identified them. Our intervention is driven by the desire of promote education so to build the capacity of locals and raise their awareness to ensure they are empowered enough to actively participate in community and conservation processes and are capable to influence decisions affecting both the community and conservation welfare.
Partners For Conservation is dedicated to the extension and sharing of opportunities in promotion, protection and conservation of biodiversity through Education, Community Empowerment and Entrepreneurship, Public Health and Environmental Justice to allow all society members to appreciate and celebrate their contributions towards the conservation of the biodiversity.
At Partners For Conservation, we believe in the innate capability of every human being to promote, protect and conserve biodiversity. We aim at driving everyone’s appreciation and celebration of her/his contributions towards the conservation of the biodiversity.
Partners For Conservation aims at preserving a biodiversity legacy through the promotion, protection and conservation.
THEORY OF CHANGE
If local communities are well informed, well skilled and well equipped in regards to the biodiversity issues through research and education, public health, entrepreneurship & community empowerment, they will influence decision making processes for the preservation of a biodiversity legacy that guarantees their sustainable socio-economic and welfare.
- Education (this involves adult literacy, internship and volunteering and research-based tourism and capstone, environmental education)
- Community Empowerment and Entrepreneurship (women sewing, women weaving, livelihood
- Public Health (access to health services, birth control, Menstruation Health Management, Making reusable pads)
- Environmental Justice: this involves advocacy for legal frameworks for the management of the biodiversity for sustainability.