Due to the outstanding work being done in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo by the Congolese Wildlife Authority, (ICCN), in alternative energy initiatives, a few conservation partners in Rwanda have followed suit and have taken the first steps to replace charcoal with another viable alternative…fuel briquettes.
Recently, the Mountain Gorilla Veterinary Project in collaboration with Art of Conservation and ICCN offered a two-day training session in Musanze Town near Volcanoes National Park. A press release will be issued shortly, but, in the meantime, I wanted to share a few photographs by photographer Molly Feltner of this very exciting initiative.
AoC’s Innocent helps Jean Bosco with translations. Swahili, French, Kinyarwanda, and a little English are all being thrown around as local community members listen and discuss this new concept on Day 1.
Let the pressing begin. My friends, categorized as Rwanda’s historically marginalized people, are eager to get out of the charcoal business and begin making briquettes for their own use as well as to sell.
Please stay tuned for the forthcoming press release to learn the benefits briquette making will bring to local communities, the forest, and the wildlife.
Again, much gratitude and appreciation for the work of Jean Bosco Bichamakara and all at ICCN.