Second week of July 2018 from 11 to 13th, CTFs from Muvumba catchment joined the Sebeya CTF to witness the progress of EIP where the: ‘Execution of Land Husbandry and Afforestation Works in Sebeya Catchment with targeted: 968.6 ha in Rubavu and Rutsiro Districts is taking place.
The purpose of the visit was to track the success on the EIP implementation, challenges and lessons for further landscape restoration projects as well as having global view on landscape degradation and how new IWRM packages can be implemented.
The team visited three sites, Confluence of Gisunyu and Karambo rivers; Kanama and Nyabirasi, respectively in Rubavu and Rutsiro.
In this visit it was the first time the CTFs meeting in one Demonstration Catchment Area (DCA), though the main objective of this activity was to witness the progress of EIP at the same time both CTFs from Sebeya and Muvumba DCAs get to know each other, they got occasion to understand better their respective landscapes i.e. issues, opportunities, and discussed on potential responses.
19 Participants were composed by Muvumba and Sebeya DCAs respectively, 6 Members of Sebeya and 4 Muvumba Catchments’ Task Forces (3F/7M), 1 Member of the W4GR Focal Group from MINAGRI (Male), 1 RWFA/WRMD Catchment Officer (M), Representative of the Supervisory company (3M), Representative of the Implementing Company –RFs (Project Supervisor Western Province, Site Coordinator, two Field Experts) 4 Male.
According to Nsengiyumva Alexis, the PARVA Ltd Managing director, out of 968.6 Ha planned, about 939.4 hectares have been covered by agroforestry, progressive terracing, bench terraces, narrow cut terraces, forestation and river buffer zone protection. The excessive rainfall during the period affected a lot of achievements such as some embankments damaged, bamboo and alnus planted alongside Sebeya river and its effluents destroyed by excessive floods. The reparation works of damaged achievement and re-plantation of destroyed trees and bamboos on the buffer zone are ongoing.
“This forum helps us to find information related to our businesses, both as entrepreneurs but also as beneficiaries of land restoration interventions” said Djamila Mukeshimana the Muvumba DCA member and representative of PSF
“This exchange visit is very supportive, it shows that landscape restoration works, ie the productivity of the land” added Kaberuka Grace the Muvumba DCA Vice-Chair Person
“The benefits of these land husbandry interventions are many: Environmental protection, Human security i.e. reduction of flooding in Mahoko trade centre, productivity,employment (Reserve Forces, Supervisory Company, temporary employment for farmers during the implementation of activities). So, we are very thankful for the support of the GoR, through our partners EKN, and W4GR” said Ngabonziza Ignace, Project Supervisor in the Western Province
According to Hirwa H. Marcel, Executive Secretary of Nkomane cell/Kanama sector, after the terracing of their land, its cost has doubled; and the subscription to The Community Health Insurance increased tremendously (98% for 2017, 90% for 2018)
During this visit the CTFs, appreciated the effects of the project in this specific area but also identified some challenges:
- Water ways when they are not well protected, they can develop into gullies
- At some site such as Kanama sector/Musabike cell/Nteranya village: there are no cut off drains
- Feeder roads Construction activities do not care about water drainage systems, and this can result in the development of gullies
“water storage ie Rain water harvesting and other ways of storage should also be taken into consideration in the future” one of the solutions suggested by Jean Pierre Nyirimanzi, District Agronomist from Nyabihu
The delegation was coordinated by Beatrice Mukasine, the Water for Growth Programme Officer in charge of Sebeya DCA.