Between 1990 and 2010, Rwanda gained 36.8 % of its forest cover being around 117,000 hectares in total.
Local communities champion production of fuel efficient stoves © ARECO
The Cyamudongo forest in south west Rwanda is a small patch of dense forest covering 412 hectares of land near the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo and Burundi. It is part of Nyungwe National Park. The forest is rich in diverse tree species that include Chrysophyllum gorungosanum, Croton spp, Newtonia buchananii, Alangium chinenseand Leptonychia melanocarpa and is home to many animal species especially birds, some of which have been listed globally as endangered.
This small relic forest, once connected to the Nyungwe National Park is under serious threat. A high demand for fuelwood in communities living around the park has forced people to enter the forest to cut down trees, mostly for firewood and other household uses. Read about the successful ARECO project helping to restore the forest here.