Nyandungu Urban Eco-tourism Park

Region

Africa

Country

Rwanda


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Initiative

WLI Africa

About

Nyandungu grey crowned cranes

Name of organisation

Nyandungu Urban Eco-tourism Park

Funding support

Rwanda Green Fund (FONERWA), United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and Italian Ministry for Ecological Transition.

Number of staff

30

Number of visitors per year

2,500

Overall aims of the centre

Overall aims of the centre

  • To promote sustainable management of natural resources and support livelihood diversification to enhance incomes for local communities through its transformation into eco-tourism Park;
  • To raise awareness of wetland conservation and protection, and create green jobs;
  • To increase biodiversity (bird, insect, reptile, amphibian, mammal and plant species) in City of Kigali, Nyandungu wetland complex through its restoration and rehabilitation;
  • To facilitate environmental education activities such as field visit and research;
  • To promote biodiversity conservation through education for an indefinite period;
  • To demonstrate wetland management techniques and green technologies that can be used in Rwanda’s secondary cities and rural area, and its scalability as a model for other wetlands;
  • To promote local/native plants species for ornamental purpose

Description of the centre

Size of site: 121.89 ha.
Types of habitats and species supported: The park is characterized by savannah scrub and marshland. After its restoration, and it is now providing a sanctuary for bird, amphibian, reptile, fish and mammal species. The park has more than 60 indigenous tree species planted.
Activities run: A recreational area, an information center, restaurant, pedestrian walkways, water catchment ponds, paved road, nature-viewing areas, and picnic areas.
Exhibits: Medicinal plants garden, Pope’s garden, tree identification signs / plant identification signs and a native tree nursery.
Location of the site: The Nyandungu wetland complex is located on the outskirts of the City of Kigali. (Rwanda, City of Kigali, Gasabo-Kicukiro Districts, Road:RN3-KK3).

Nyundungu wetland

Nyandungu wetland

Work Areas

Main CEPA work area

1. Park offers free entry to school groups and on quiet days (i.e. mid-week) the park will offer free entry to local community members from the lower Ubudehe Categories;

2. Development of a full business / long-term management plan for the park in conjunction with stakeholders and technical experts to ensure that the park continues to serve its desired purposes of flood and pollution control and biodiversity conservation.

Top three successes

1. The project displays different outputs namely biodiversity conservation through the introduction of native tree species and terrestrial habitat restoration, creation of botanical gardens mostly for educational purposes, promoting traditional ecological knowledge, aquatic habitat creation;

2. Restoration of the degraded wetland which led to significant increasing of bird, mammal and amphibian species in Nyandungu wetland complex;

3. The restoration of the wetland has brought job opportunities to the surrounding community, and the park itself will also create green jobs for the community.

Top three challenges

1. Numerous encroachments from the surrounding community especially cattle grazing;

2. The wetland was receiving different forms pollution such as solid and liquid waste coming from the surrounding community and the industrial zone.

Nyundungu display

Nyandungu display

Expertise

Interpretation techniques

Creating signage; site information; Producing written materials

Visitor centres

Setting up a new visitor centre; Managing / creating habitat

Participation

Working with disabled people; Engaging hard-to-reach groups; Engaging young people; Engaging the local community

Education and communication

Early years education; Working with primary schools; Working with secondary schools; Developing resources / materials

General

Auditing / assessing effectiveness; PR and marketing; Running effective administration.

Nyundungu entrance

Nyandungu entrance

Contact

Website address:  https://www.rema.gov.rw
Cyubahiro Eric, Inyota House KG7 AVE/ P.O.BOX 7436 Kigali-Rwanda

email: ecyubahiro@rema.gov.rw 
Tel: (+250)785177892

Nyundungu pathway

Nyandungu pathway

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