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Funded by GEF (Global Environment Facility) through the World Bank, The Landscape Approach to Forest Restoration and Conservation (LAFREC) project aims to demonstrate landscape management for enhanced environmental services and climate resilience in one priority landscape; the Gishwati-Mukura Landscape.

LAFREC project has been developed around a landscape approach which will bring the forest ecosystems into better management and develop multiple benefits. These benefits will be achieved through the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity, increased forest cover, climate change adaptation efforts together with combating land degradation and provision of livelihood alternatives to the impacted communities. 

This project has two major components described as follows:

1: Forest-friendly and climate-resilient restoration of Gishwati-Mukura   landscape

To attain the general objective of this component, activities have been subdivided into four main sub-components:


  1. Upgrading and sustainable management of Gishwati and Mukura Forest Reserves;
  2. Forest restoration and land husbandry in the Gishwati-Mukura landscape ;
  3. Sustainable and resilient livelihoods;
  4. Flood forecasting and preparedness.

Component 2: Research, monitoring and management  This component will be based on two sub-components:


  1. Applied research and impact monitoring
  2. Project management


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